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Telluride Mountainfilm

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    May 25 - May 29, 2018
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Details for the 2018 Festival have yet to be released. Please check back soon!


2017 Mountainfilm Festival Information

The theme for the 2017 Mountainfilm Festival is "The New Normal." Stay tuned for information about the 2017 program; the lineup and schedule will be released in mid-May.

Visit the Mountainfilm website for more information on events and passes.

 (See our MountainFilm Photo Gallery for festival pics from 2010 to today.)

The 38th Annual Telluride Mountainfilm Festival took place May 27-30, 2016. 

Telluride Mountainfilm is more than a film festival. They select approximately 85 films each year from around the world, and they are curated alongside guest presentations, a symposium, parties, scheduled conversations, book signings and musical events to create a full weekend event like no other.

Repeat festival attendees have come to love the events as much as the films. The festival begins on Friday morning with a symposium that's followed by the Gallery Walk on Friday afternoon. Films and presentations begin Friday night and run through Monday afternoon. During the festival weekend, guests can enjoy Town Talks, the Ice Cream Social, the Reading Frenzy, special programs at The Library, free movies under the stars at Base Camp Theatre and programs comprised of short films, such as Adrenaline and Kidz Kino. The Closing Picnic & Awards Ceremony closes out the annual festival on Monday afternoon.

Background Information

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), National Parks (2016). The weekend also features art exhibits, book signings, student workshops, and forums for aligned non-profits and related projects.