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Telluride Film Festival - August 29 - September 2, 2013
When you come to the Telluride Film Festival you should know that what you are about to experience is the best of the best. Telluride, a cozy mountain town nestled in the jagged San Juan peaks meets the champions of cinema; the awe inspiring creators and masterminds involved in a long history of beautiful and influential filmmaking. It is nothing short of a magical celebration of movies, community, and creativity. The Telluride Film Festival keeps what’s playing a secret, but it is certainly not uncommon for its premiers to become critically acclaimed films all over the world. Even better: you get to see them first.
The festival debuted in Telluride in 1973 and has since brought a gathering of fans and professionals who join together to share their love for film and for culture. The festival both honors the legendary filmmakers who started it all as well as creators of great new works of all kinds.
In the past, films such as Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, and The King’s Speech have had their world premier here. Small independent films have made their debuts as well. You’re also bound to run into familiar faces such as George Clooney or director Ken Burns who will likely give presentations or just be there to enjoy the show. Check out the History page for more details about what to expect at the Festival.
The mountain air, the people, and the incredible talent here at the Telluride Film Festival are just few aspects that make this a truly fresh and inspiring weekend. Packed with events, talks, screenings and the opportunity to meet fantastic people, you are bound to run into something that rings with your interests.
There are a variety of festival pass options for your needs, as well as ways to experience the festival on a budget while still being involved in the event. There are free films shown in the Backlot Theater and in the open air cinema at Town Park, as well as free events and opportunities to view guest speakers.
Lodging options for your stay during the Telluride Film Festival vary and include cute bed and breakfast inns, luxury condos, condos for a budget, and many more. Visit our film festival lodging page to find out more about what part of town would best suit your festival experience!
“There are two kinds of film festivals: there are the mega-hyped, hoopla-infested selling circuses, and there is Telluride. It is extraordinarily exciting, in this age of the triumph of capitalism, to discover an event dedicated not to commerce, but to love. And if that sounds old fashioned and starry-eyed, so be it. The cinema was always in the business of gazing at stars” –Salman Rushdie
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