Telluride MountainFilm

Film Festival
May 25-30, 2016 9:00 am

2016 Mountainfilm Festival Information

The 38th Annual Telluride Mountainfilm Festival is being dedicated to the country’s crown jewels, and the festival is joining the National Parks Centennial Celebration in doing so. 

The 2016 Symposium (which opens the festival on Friday morning) is themed after national parks. Known as “America’s best idea”, the crown jewels are sprinkled all over the country and are home to everything from graceful arches of sandstone, to historic battle sites, to the tallest mountain in North America. This year’s festival will explore more than just the glorified parts of these National Parks, and will dive into the controversy and challenges that face the system at 100 years old. 

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


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The 37th Annual Telluride Mountainfilm Festival took place May 22-25, 2015. 

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.

Choosing the films and scheduling events requires time. The complete Telluride Mountainfilm 2015 schedule will be posted in mid-May. 

Tickets can be purchased here. For the best selection of lodging available during the festival, search our inventory of Telluride lodging now.

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

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