Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979


Mountainfilm is a dynamic organization and festival of films, people, stories, and ideas that celebrates indomitable spirit, educates and inspires audiences, and motivates individuals and communities to advance solutions for a livable world.

May 27-30, 2016 / 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.

About the Tour Upcoming Tour Shows Host a Tour

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.

Mountainfilm News Watch Mountainfilm Image Gallery Festival Archives

Mountainfilm for Students - Laramie 2015
November 5, 2015

600 kids, 20 Movies and Enough Joy to Fill an Auditorium

I stood near the entrance of the Gryphon Theater in Laramie, Wyoming, on a cold fall afternoon and watched as line after line of tiny humans filed into the large auditorium for a Mountainfilm for Students show. In the crowd: the entire student body of Spring Creek Elementary School and students from Slade Elementary. It looked to be about 600 kids, plus their attendant teachers. The whole scene was almost overwhelmingly cute.

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October 27, 2015

Missed it at Mountainfilm? No worries.

With new avenues for self-distribution and more online platforms for filmmakers, it gets easier every year to view docs even when it’s not festival season. Short films can often be seen on Vimeo, Youtube or a filmmaker’s website, along with, of course, at Mountainfilm on Tour shows. Longer films are trickier, but typically they follow a course that begins on the festival circuit before they find distribution, bask in a theatrical release or television run, and then go to DVD sales. With online video sites, such as Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, becoming more mainstream, however, many of these films can are more accessible than ever.

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October 20, 2015

Mountainfilm Announces 2015 Commitment Grant Recipients

Telluride Mountainfilm has announced its 2015 Commitment Grant recipients, whose projects tackle everything from a remarkable archaeological discovery in the Andes to an icy ocean adventure in the Pacific and forced deportation on the island of Hispaniola.

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October 13, 2015

Mountainfilm Announces 2016 Symposium Theme: National Parks

They are home to graceful arches of sandstone and otherworldly badlands, of alligator-infested mangrove forests and bison-studded plains. Immense river canyons where time stretches beyond imagination, massive caves draped with stalactites, historic battle sites, the country’s hottest and driest desert and the tallest mountain in North America.

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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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