Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979


Telluride Mountainfilm is an annual festival, a worldwide toura diverse community and a champion for change.

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.

About the Festival

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

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.

Full Tour Schedule Host a Tour Show
When Venue Location
Aug 15 – 16 2015
Parque Villa-Lobos
Alto dos Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil Purchase Tickets More Details
Aug 22 2015
North Cascades Mountain Hostel
Winthrop, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Aug 27 – 30 2015
Wheeler Opera House
Aspen, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Aug 28 – 29 2015
The Plaza Theatre
Atlanta, Georgia, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 5 – 6 2015
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 11 2015
Redding Civic Auditorium
Redding, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 11 – 12 2015
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, New York, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 12 2015
Indian Creek School
Crownsville, Maryland, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 16 2015
The Royal Geographic Society
London, London, United Kingdom Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 18 – 20 2015
Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, California, 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.

Mountainfilm News Watch Mountainfilm Image Gallery Festival Archives

Hannah Reyes - Mountainfilm
July 28, 2015

A Long Road, Snow and Stories that Stick

My road to Mountainfilm was long — seven airports, five countries and a lot of in-flight entertainment brought me there. I traveled to Telluride from Cambodia, where I currently live. I grew up in the messy streets of Manila and spent time as an adult exploring the Philippine islands. So Telluride, in its vastness and its snow-capped mountains, was the complete opposite of the worlds I felt most comfortable navigating in. On my second morning, I woke up at 5 a.m., jetlagged and confused, and saw all of Mountain Village covered in snow. The town was empty. I was alone, and everything was white. I rushed out, taking photos and jumping about. I had never seen the world look that way.

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David Darg - Mountainfilm 2015
July 22, 2015

Moving Mountains and Meaningful Action

This year’s Mountainfilm was particularly important for me. Having just returned from the front lines of earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, it was special to be amongst so many friends and peers who share a common love not just for Nepal, but for film’s ability to drive action.

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Telluride Main Street - Ben Canales
July 14, 2015

Telluride goes [mostly] dark for inaugural Dark Sky event

Typically, the only souls who can be found roaming Telluride’s streets at 3 a.m. are bears and the occasional insomniacs. But on May 24 during Telluride Mountainfilm, roughly 80 people — photographers, astronomy fans and festival attendees among them — gathered in front of the San Miguel County Courthouse during the witching hour for a one-of-a-kind event that celebrated the night sky.

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Ben Ayers - Mountainfilm
July 8, 2015

After the Quake, Finding Solid Ground at Mountainfilm

When the first 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal, I was in the small village of Chaurikharka — just minutes off of the main trekking route to Everest Base Camp. I was wearing a long silk dress and a cowboy hat. Sherpa dress. It took me a second to understand what was happening, but only that. We screamed. We ran outside. We watched the buildings collapse around us, including the one we were in only moments before. The Earth made a noise that cannot be described accurately. (You could say it was something like a groan.) We stood in a circle in the rain, and the aftershocks rolled underneath us. We did nothing for a long time.

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Unbranded - Mountainfilm Closing Picnic
June 24, 2015

Unbranded Subject Ben Masters on His First Mountainfilm

Unbranded is the story of four young Texans (myself included) who thought it would be a good idea to adopt wild mustangs, train them and ride 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the deepest backcountry in the American West. The purpose of the journey was to inspire wild horse adoptions, but we certainly couldn’t discount the allure of great fly-fishing, epic views and the ability to experience the West while it’s still wild.

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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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