Telluride Mountainfilm


Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979

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

We are 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. Make a gift to support our 2016 festival.

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Coolest Festival

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.

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Upcoming Tour Shows

Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the festival archives. We present both single-event and multi-day shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, including schools and colleges, corporations, community groups and theater operators. We are called upon often by nonprofit organizations to be part of fundraising events.

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When Venue Location
Aug 13 2016
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, US
Aug 13 – 14 2016
Parque Villa-Lobos
Alto dos Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil Details
Aug 20 2016
Carrollton Cultural Arts Center
Carrollton, Georgia, US
Aug 25 – 28 2016
Wheeler Opera House
Aspen, Colorado, US
Aug 26 – 27 2016
The Plaza Theatre
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Aug 27 2016
Winthrop, Washington, US
Sep 14 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado, US
Sep 17 – 18 2016
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, New York, US
Sep 23 2016
Ojai, California, US
Sep 24 2016
High Point Theater
High Point, North Carolina, US

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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May 26, 2016

Yellowstone's Wolves

As Mountainfilm’s symposium theme to celebrate our national parks takes shape, I’ve been inspired to reflect on a childhood memory, following at the heels of my mother and her boyfriend as we explored the country’s national parks. We camped out for months at a time, mostly in national parks, and Death Valley quickly became a favorite, and then an annual spring destination for several years. Death Valley is incredibly beautiful in the spring with perfect hiking weather, deafening silence and an ocean of desert flowers as far as the eye can see. We had the opportunity to explore every corner of the park, but my favorite repeat hikes were Desolation Canyon and the hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon under the full moon.

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May 24, 2016

No pass? No problem.

The 38th annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival, which is just days away, will fill the box canyon with events of all shapes and sizes — from world-premiere film screenings to photography hikes, theater presentations, an all-day symposium and the closing picnic. It’ll be a smorgasbord of inspiration.

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May 21, 2016

Finding Alex Lowe

A few weeks ago, I was in Nepal with my husband, Conrad Anker, having a restful day in the heat of Kathmandu just hours before boarding our plane for home in Bozeman, Montana. After packing to depart, we were strolling leisurely in the lobby of Hotel Yak and Yeti when Conrad received a call from David Goettler.

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May 19, 2016

Once a Wall, Now a Canvas

Last week, the wall on the west 200 block of Telluride’s main street was a bare expanse of gray concrete. Over the weekend, thanks to artist Chip Thomas and a small brigade of volunteers, it was transformed into a beautiful and bold piece of street art that has drawn onlookers, stirred up conversation, inspired many a social media post and provoked people to think.

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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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