The Shining Mountains Film Festival is Aspen’s first Native American film festival celebrating the spirit of our nation’s indigenous cultures.  It is held in honor of the second anniversary of the city of Aspen declaring the second Monday in October “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The festival explores Native American culture, spirituality, vision, determination, and strength through shorts and feature films.

The Shining Mountains Film Festival was started by Deanne Vitrac-Kessler, Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Ute Foundation, an American Indian Cultural program in Aspen, CO.  AUF (Aspen Ute Foundation) facilitates the physical and spiritual reconnection of Native American Indians to their ancestral lands in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley as well as bringing awareness to Indigenous cultures, traditions, and struggles.

This year, the Shining Mountains Film Festival will be held October 13 and 14 and is being produced by the City of Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House, in partnership with Aspen Film and the Aspen Ute Foundation.

You can click the links above at the top of the page to be taken directly to the website of the city of Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House, in order to purchase tickets and find out more about other great programs that are offered.


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