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2015 Festival Information
Check back on Telluride.com for updates on the 2015 festival. The Festival will be held May 22-25, 2015
2014 Festival Information
This year's festival theme is "Wilderness" in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
The Festival will kick-off this year with an all-day (9am - 3:30pm) Symposium devoted to Wilderness. Topics include:
- The Foundation of American Wilderness - Douglas Brinkley, historian
- The Artic: A Last Refuge of Wild - Florian Schulz, professional nature and wildlife photographer
- Panel: Does Wilderness Exist?
- Inspiration to Create - Adam Duncan Harris, National Museum of Wildlife Art
- Inspiration to Preserve - Debra Bloomfeld, artist and professor
- A Word for "Wilderness" Does Not Exist Here - Jaraed Diamond, professor of geography and author
- The Forest Sings - David Rothenberg, author and musician
- Living Wild - Lynx Vilden, founder for the Living Wild School
- Areas Silvestres Para Todos - Juan Martinez, National Geographic Emerging Explorer
- Panel: Now What
- Wilding - Cheryl Strayed, New York Times best selling author
A wide variety of documentary movies will begin showing Friday evening and continue through Monday. Telluride.com will post the movie titles as soon as they become available.
Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, artists will speak at local galleries.
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings feature Coffee Talks with symposium speakers, film directors, activists and more. These talks take place throughout Telluride.
The whole town is welcome to come to an Ice Cream Social from 2-3:30pm on Saturday. Main Street is closed off and ice cream is served in front of the courthouse.
On Sunday, from 2-4pm at the Hotel Madeline Ballroom, is the annual Reading Fenzy, which provides an opportunity to buy books and meet the authors.
On Monday, from 1-4pm in town park, there is the closing picnic and awards ceremony.
The Telluride Mountainfilm Festival began in 1979 as an opportunity for climbers and mountaineers to enjoy the Telluride outdoors by day and watch films about the mountains and mountain culture by night. It has evolved over the decades to enbrace a much wider and more diverse audience. The programming now stretches to the leading edges of contemporary social, cultural, and environmental issues.
An orientation towards activism has increasingly defined MountainFilm Telluride since the mid-90's, a function of both leadership as well as a growing public appetite to engage with modern challenges.
MountainFilm bills itself as America's leading independent documentary film festival. Additionally, the program includes a full-day symposium on pressing contemporary environmental issues: energy (2007), water (2008), food (2009), the extinction crisis (2010), activism (2011), population (2012), and climate solutions (2013). The weekend also features art exhibits, book signings, student workshops, and forums for aligned non-profits and related projects.