Biography

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Because of his homeschooling background, Aiden was able to work professionally on sets starting at the age of 15 on a feature film. Additionally through high school, Aiden worked and volunteered on sets at graduate film schools such as the American Film Institute, USC, UCLA, and NYFA, in addition to working for graduates from NYU. From these opportunities, Aiden was able to sit in on lectures at these schools and learn from the students he worked for. This is also where Aiden met his current creative collaborators. After graduating high school, instead of attending film school, Aiden works professionally crewing on commercials and feature films.


Aiden has directed multiple award-winning short films which have been screened internationally at various festivals. He is dedicated to his craft and will continue to tell compelling, powerful stories in the future.

Aiden Keltner, a 20 year old San Diego and Los Angeles based filmmaker, directed his first film when he was 8 and has been making films ever since. Because Aiden’s father is a psychiatrist and he has multiple family members with mental illnesses, the mental health community has always been a part of his life. Because of this, Aiden is dedicated to bringing light to underrepresented stories from this community. Aiden recently finished a short film which focused on the portrayal of a man developing psychosis in quarantine and is currently in pre-production for another short film about parents who care for an adult child with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI). Aiden wants to use his voice as a filmmaker to tell stories of those with mental illnesses whose voices have been ignored and forgotten.


 

2021 DIRECTING REEL

 

FILMOGRAPHY

MY FILMS

La Paz (2022) - Narrative Short

Estranged (2020) - Narrative Short

Unlabeled (2019) - Documentary Short

Natalie (2019) - Narrative Short

The Freelance Wanderer (2019) - Documentary Short

Withering Adolescence (2019) - Narrative Short

Into the Horizon (2018) - Narrative Short

Code of Honor (2017) - Documentary Short

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AWARDS AND HONORS

Best Narrative Short Film

Best Student Film

Best Documentary Short

Student Film Jury Award

Audience Choice Award

Best Short Film

Best Narrative Short Film

Nominated for Best Cinematography

Honorable Mention

Best of San Diego

Best of San Diego

Official Selection

Official Selection

2x Official Selection

Official Selection

5x Official Selection

2x Official Selection

iVIE Awards and Student Film Festival

GI Film Festival San Diego

Pegasus Film Festival

Coronado Island Film Festival

Reel 2 Reel Student Film Festival

Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival

Hellbender Student Film Festival

AAHS Film Festival

Prague International Indie Film Festival

Quarantine Film Challenge

48 Hour Film Project

Indy Shorts International Film Festival

National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Pegasus Film Festival

Grand Foundation Student Film Festival

San Diego Film Week

Hellbender Student Film Festival 

 

CONTACT

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