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Aspen Film Announces Awards for 28th Shortsfest

NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB and BROTHERHOOD receive two Awards each and become Oscar®-qualified

Aspen, Colo. (April 9, 2019) - Aspen Film announced today its Award winners for the 28th Aspen Shortsfest, an Oscar®-qualifying film festival in five categories, including Animation, Documentary, Comedy, Drama, and Short Short. The festival ran April 2-7 at the Wheeler Opera House and April 6-7 at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.

Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury was comprised of three established members of the international film community, including Miranda Bailey, Mike Plante, and Lili Rodriguez.

This year's list of Award winners includes 10 films produced in 10 different countries. Award highlights include NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB, receiving both Audience Award and Jury Award for Comedy, and BROTHERHOOD, honored with The Ellen Award, as well as Jury Award for Drama. 

For the second year, Aspen Film presented the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, a prestigious honor from the creator-first platform and a live iteration of Vimeo's Staff Picks laurel. The Award was given to Iceland's KANARI, which is now available on Vimeo



Audience Award: NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB (France), directed by Yves Piat

Audience Special Recognition Award: MILTON (USA), directed by Tim Wilkime

Aspen Youth Jury Award: THE TRIAL (USA), directed by Johanna Hamilton
The Aspen Youth Jury awarded Johanna Hamilton's THE TRIAL as "[the film] shines a light on a historical event that changed our country forever." In a collective statement, the Youth Jury stated that "This documentary humanizes the accused and their defenders. We learned about this event as history rather than something that happened in recent times. It presents an important message for the youth of today and is extremely relevant. It reveals that people need to be informed; the second you start relying on other people for information, then it becomes dangerous. Our entire culture of travel and security has changed due to these tragic events. Yet, some of the trials of the accused have still not been resolved. Over the years, the media has focused on the victims of our own country, but now, through this film, we see how the accused have been treated. This film shows a new perspective. We wish for this film to be seen and appreciated by everyone. We, the members of the youth jury, have been touched, and moved by the short film."

Vimeo Staff Pick Award: KANARI (Iceland), directed by Erlendur Sveinsson
Ian Durkin, Senior Curator at Vimeo, who presented this year's Staff Pick Award, states, "The winner of the Vimeo Staff Pick award and $2,500 goes to a film that puts you in the passenger seat of a story filled with gut wrenching loss. With incredible performances and direction that keeps you on your toes, I’m pleased to give the Vimeo Staff Pick award to the film Kanari from director Erlendur Sveinsson."

The Ellen Award: BROTHERHOOD (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden), directed by Meryam Joobeur
BROTHERHOOD is the recipient of this year's Ellen Award, an annual award honoring Aspen Film's founder and former executive director Ellen Kohner Hunt who retired in 1995. In a collective statement by the Ellen Jury: "The dynamic between a father and a son, made worse by war and religious radicalism, is brilliantly explored in this tense drama set in Tunisia. Meryam Joobeur’s well-drawn story features fine work by both first-timers and veteran actors. It reminds us that too many young men around the world are being radicalized, often with tragic consequences."

Jury Award for Student Film: SHE-PACK (Norway), directed by Fanny Ovesen
Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury awarded Best Student Film to SHE-PACK, calling it "a film that shows not all girls are made of sugar and spice, but we have collective experiences of vulnerability and the need for sisterhood."

Special Mention for Student Film: THE CLINIC (USA), directed by Elivia Shaw

Jury Award for Short Short: LIFE IN MINIATURE (UK), directed by Ellan Evans
In a category recognizing films which are 10 minutes or less, Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury concluded LIFE IN MINIATURE to be "a film which sums up exactly what a good short short is. Original and compelling."

Special Mention for Short Short: JACK (USA), directed by Nick Paonessa

Jury Award for Animation: SISTER (China/USA), directed by Siqi Song
"The quality of this animation not only engaged us with its style, but the substance of the story captured our imagination and hearts," states Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury, which awarded SISTER with Best Animation.

Special Mention for Animation: GUAXUMA (France/Brazil), directed by Nara Normande

Jury Award for Documentary: ENFORCEMENT HOURS (USA), directed by Paloma Martinez
Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury states, "This documentary brings details to the headlines while bringing the human experience whether absurd or heartbreaking to the surface." 

Special Mention for Documentary: CROWLEY - COWBOY UP (Germany), directed by André Hörmann

Jury Award for Comedy: NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB (France), directed by Yves Piat
Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury awarded Best Comedy to NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB - also this year's Audience Award winner - and stated, "This kind-spirited childhood adventure cleverly twisted our expectations by bringing humor to the subject and region, making it even more special with an Adele-loving donkey."

Special Mention for Comedy: MILTON (USA), directed by Tim Wilkime

Jury Award for Drama: BROTHERHOOD (Canada/Tunisia/Qatar/Sweden), directed by Meryam Joobeur
In addition to receiving The Ellen Award, BROTHERHOOD was honored with the Jury Award for Drama. "This film constantly kept us on our toes while transporting us to a place in a world we've never experienced," stated Aspen Film's Shortsfest Jury.

Special Mention for Drama: SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING (USA), directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz

For film synopses, please visit 2019 Shortsfest Films. Please contact Travis Volz for media assets.


The 28th Aspen Shortsfest was made possible by the generous support of Aspen 82, Aspen Public Radio, The Aspen Times, Frias Properties, The Gant, Hotel Jerome, Jimmy's Aspen, Mountain Chalet, and Modern Luxury/Aspen Magazine. Aspen Shortsfest was also charitably underwritten by grants from Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media, National Endowment for the Arts, Les Dames d'Aspen, Thrift Shop of Aspen and the Wheeler Opera House (City of Aspen) Arts Grant Program.

Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado's most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest and FilmEducates. With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide. To learn more, visit aspenfilm.org

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Travis Volz
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4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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