Aspen Shortsfest programmers announced

Staff report

Aspen Film has hired four additional programmers for Aspen Shortsfest, the annual short-film festival that will run April 5 through 9.

The members of the team are Andrea Brusa, Angie Driscoll, Laura Good and Sudeep Sharma. They join director of programming Kathleen McInnis, who came on board in July, in selecting films for the Oscar-qualifying festival.

Brusa is an Italian award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker. Brusa has festival experience both as festival programmer at the HollyShorts Film Festival and as a forum coordinator at Palm Springs ShortFest. His film “Breath” won Best Short Film at Mallorca International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at Milan International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at Ischia Film Festival in 2016.

Driscoll brings more than 15 years of film programming experience to her work at a variety of festivals. She has programmed for the Toronto International Film Festival, the CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Nordisk Panorama..

Good programs for TIFF Film Circuit, the outreach division of the Toronto International Film Festival, curates the year-round Short Cuts Monthly series at TIFF Bell Lightbox and programs both feature and short film for the Seattle International Film Festival.

Sharma is a film programmer and media scholar. He is a senior programmer for the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and a programmer for the Palm Springs International ShortFest. He also is a programming consultant for AFI Fest and has consulted in the past with KQED. He has worked for the Sundance Institute in various capacities, most recently as an associate programmer for feature documentaries for the festival.

Aspen Film is currently accepting submissions for its 26th Aspen Shortsfest. The deadline is Dec. 26. For information on entering a film for Aspen Shortsfest, visit