Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979

Mountain Film Festival


Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

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The theme for the 2017 festival is The New Normal.

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May 26-29, 2017 / Telluride, Colorado

Annual Festival

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. Mountainfilm, which includes interactive talks, free community events, a gallery walk, outdoor programming and presentations, aims to inspire audiences to action on worthy causes. 

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World Tour

Mountainfilm on Tour 

Year-round and worldwide, we take a selection of festival films on the road.

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News & Views

Mountainfilm is more than simply a festival or world tour, it's a community. We follow the folks featured in the festival long after their Mountainfilm appearance and interact with our audience members in the real and virtual worlds. The News & Views section of our website features news on issues, themes and personalities we hold dear and also includes opportunities for views into Mountainfilm's past, present and future with videos, photo galleries, festival archives and more.

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December 6, 2016

Mountainfilm to Examine The New Normal in 2017

Telluride Mountainfilm will focus on climate change for its 2017 symposium, titled “The New Normal.” The daylong symposium, which kicks off the May 26-29 festival, will unflinchingly delve into the most advanced science and newest developments that are critical to understanding the challenging situation. The symposium will look at the worldwide climate adaptations that are already changing the way we live, probe promising technology and innovation, and offer direct steps for the audience to effect positive change.

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November 30, 2016

Mountainfilm ushers in winter with free movies

With snowplows beeping on the streets, a fresh blanket of white on the mountains and the Telluride Ski Resort set to open on Friday, winter has officially arrived in southwestern Colorado. Telluride Mountainfilm is excited to usher in the season with Mountainfilm for Locals on Friday with a program aptly titled “Winter is Coming: A Night of Shorts.”

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November 16, 2016

How to Watch the Features You Missed at Mountainfilm 2016

One of the most common questions we hear at Telluride Mountainfilm is “I missed it at the festival. How do I see it now?” Because of distribution challenges and the nature of indie films, documentaries have long been among the toughest of the genres to watch outside festivals. But with new avenues for self-distribution and more online platforms than ever, it’s getting easier to find features year-round.

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October 24, 2016

Mountainfilm for Locals presents: The Great Alone

Two free screenings Thursday at the Wilkinson Public Library Lance Mackey is an Alaska native who has won the Iditarod dog sled race — an iconic event that spans 1,000 barren, remote and grueling miles across Alaska — four times. To win, Mackey had to overcome challenges even larger than mushing his team of dogs from the Alaska Range to the Bering Sea Coast.

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Initiatives + Grants

While the annual festival and world tour occupy a lot of Telluride Mountainfilm’s focus and energy, they are not all that we do. These initiatives also inspire us throughout the year.

Current Initiatives

Commitment Grants

We are committed to help creative individuals tell stories that represent the spirit of the Mountainfilm festival. Grants are awarded to filmmakers, photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter.

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Mountainfilm for Students - Initiative

Mountainfilm for Students

Education is a primary element of Mountainfilm’s mission. We accomplish this in three ways: tour education, festival education and regional Outreach.  The very nature of our programming — eye-opening adventure, environmental and cultural documentary films on contemporary issues — educates students by simply presenting exceptional content to contemplate, study and explore. Students are an important audience, and we aim to share Mountainfilm’s inspiring content with them because they may otherwise never experience it.

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The Next Step

Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences, but there is another motivation underlying our mission: We want to help promote action toward positive change. One way to do that is to facilitate involvement between our audiences and the causes that are espoused by our filmmakers and presenters.

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