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Aspen Shortsfest 2021: Shorts from Around the World at Home


Great things come in small packages, or rather, brief ones, courtesy of Aspen Film. The 2021 Aspen Shortfest features short films in five categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Short Short. The 2021 slate of films features 6 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 7 North American premieres from filmmakers around the world, all streamed online.

Films being shown include:

  • Affairs of the Art
  • Ligie
  • Her Dance
  • Dọlápọ̀ Is Fine
  • Learning Tagalog with Kayla
  • In Sudden Darkness
  • Marlon Brando

And more.

These films are daring, poignant, funny and heartfelt, all within short time spans. Running alongside the fest are Virtual Sip & Chat Sessions where you can mingle and take part in conversations on a variety of topics relevant to short film with special industry guests. And on April 10 Shortsfest Programming Director Jason Anderson will host an in-depth conversation with award-winning filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green.

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Aspen Shortsfest
April 6 - 11, 2021

Cinema Tropical Kicks off 20 Years With Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema Festival

All the Dead Ones

Now in its 20th year, Cinema Tropical returns with a slate of films from Latin America as part of the 6th installment of Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema. Neighboring Scenes is presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinema Tropical with this year’s instalment being the first time the festival will be streamed to audiences nationwide. Opening night features the Brazilian film All the Dead Ones, directed by Marco Dutra and Caetano Gotardo, and will include a conversation with both directors.

The festival features films from:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Cuba
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru

Neighboring Scenes will also present a special restoration of the landmark Argentine film Silvia Prieto directed by Martín Rejtman, which was the first film Cinema Tropical screened, in February 2001, when the festival premiered. Cinema Tropical will also launch TropiChat 20, a special series of twenty weekly conversations with  directors and film professionals. The series will kick off on Tuesday, April 6 with a special conversation with Rejtman, who is one of the key figures of the New Argentine Cinema of the late nineties and early aughts, a major source of inspiration and insight for the Latin American film renaissance that followed.

Other films being screened as part of Neighboring Scenes are One in a Thousand directed by Clarisa Navas, Los Fantamas directed by Sebastián Lojo, and Between Dog and Wolf directed by Irene Gutiérrez.

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Cinema Tropical Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema
March 31 - April 12, 2021

NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival: The Spirit of the Stage on the Screen

 The Last Cyclist

For 2021, the NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival will be going online. Now in its fifth year and running March 10th to the 14th, 2021, the NYC Indie Film Festival is produced by New York’s New Ohio Theatre.  On the opening night, March 10, there will be a free, online interview and Q&A with playwright and screenwriter Qui Nguyen, co-writer of the new Disney film, Raya and the Last Dragon.

The NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival explores historical fiction with films including Butcher Holler Here We Come, and the operatic Rival Queens. The Magic Hour is a film exploring dance theatre, while The Last Cyclist is a play within a film as prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp reherase a slapstick play. The festival also features 35 short films (including 15 world premieres) presented in five programs: After Dark, The Absurdity of Life, Surprising Relationships, Going on a Journey, and Documentary Shorts

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NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival
March 10 - 14, 2021

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2021: YouTube, Horses, & Havana


The nonprofit Big Sky Film Institute will be putting on the 18th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) February 19 to the 28th. Streamed online, the BSDFF features  over 75 films from around the world. The fest comprises 27 features and 50 short documentaries including 27 World Premieres and 12 North American Premieres. These documentaries cover a gamut of topics such as social justice, natural wonder, humor, immigration, and societal strife. Opening the festival is the world premiere of Havana Libre, the debut feature length documentary from director Corey McLean, following a group of Cubans who rise up to demand legitimacy for their beloved sport of surfing after decades of cultural prohibition. In A Horse Has More Blood Than a Human an older couple leaves Tehran to return to their idyllic home town on the Turkish border, but their dreams of quiet retirement are shattered by the realization that their town has become a smuggling gateway into Europe, and everyone they know is involved. Ms Diva Trucker follows a long-haul trucker who turns to YouTube to combat loneliness and social isolation. In the process, she creates an empowering online community whose impact reaches far beyond America’s highways.

The festival includes live-stream Q&As with filmmakers, panels, and online social events. In addition to screenings, BSDFF will host the Big Sky DocShop conference February 22-26, a five-day filmmaker’s forum that includes panels, filmmaker roundtables, a pop-up legal clinic and the popular Big Sky Pitch for works-in-progress. 

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2021
February 19 - 28, 2021


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