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Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979 

Mountainfilm is more than a film festival. With approximately 85 films selected each year from around the world, 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.

The 2019 theater presenters include best-selling author and Mountainfilm guest director Cheryl Strayed, alpinist Sir Chris Bonington, Obama administration speechwriter Ben Rhodes, transgender mountaineer Erin Parisi and naturalist Doug Peacock. Other highlights include a panel on pathways toward inclusion and access in outdoor recreation and a presentation from world-renowned ski mountaineer and Telluride resident Hilaree Nelson and her partner, Jim Morrison.

Background Information

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 embrace 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 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. This years theme is Migration. Past themes include:

  • Energy (2007)
  • Water (2008)
  • Food (2009)
  • The Extinction Crisis (2010)
  • Activism (2011)
  • Population (2012),
  • Climate Solutions (2013)
  • National Parks (2016)
  • The New Normal (2017)
  • Migration (2018)