Aspen Film announced today its dates for the 24th annual Academy Screenings at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. This feast of film runs December 22 - January 2 and celebrates the forthcoming award season contenders.

As a longtime favorite winter destination for voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and various guilds, what began as an intimate and exclusive industry-only event has grown into an Aspen holiday tradition bringing together film professionals, visitors and residents alike. From starry features to fresh independent voices, Aspen Film's Academy Screenings brings the heat of the Oscar® race to the mountains.
"From star-studded features directed by master filmmakers to the best independent documentaries and foreign films of the year, this big-screen celebration spotlights the highest caliber films vying for Oscar®," says Aspen Film Artistic Director Maggie Mackay. "Whether you're a film industry professional in Aspen for the holidays or an avid cinephile, the festival offers a unique opportunity to see an exciting and eclectic selection of movies as they should be experienced - in a gorgeous landmark theatre surrounded by an enthusiastic community of film lovers."
The 24th Aspen Film Academy Screenings full program will be announced online at on Tuesday, December 1. Aspen Film REEL PEOPLE member pre-sales begin Friday, December 4 with tickets to the general public available on Wednesday, December 9 through the Wheeler Opera House box office: or 970.920.5770 / 866.449.0464.
Aspen Film Academy Screenings is presented by The Aspen Times, generously supported by grants from the City of Aspen and Embrey Family Foundation and sponsored by Alpine Bank, Aspen Public Radio, Buccelatti, The Gant and Sopris Liquor.
Aspen Film is currently accepting submissions for the 25th Aspen Shortsfest (April 5-10, 2016), one of the world's premier international short film showcases. This Oscar®-qualifying international competition offers a diverse and exciting selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary - all at 40 minutes or less.
►  Regular Entry Deadline: November 30, 2015
►  Late Entry Deadline: December 15, 2015
►  Extended Entry Deadline: December 31, 2015
For information on how to enter your film for the 25th Aspen Shortsfest, please visit or submit directly via Withoutabox.
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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 Film Educates. 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