Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979


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

May 22-25, 2015 / Telluride, Colorado

Annual Festival

Started in 1979, Telluride Mountainfilm is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving, adventures worth pursuing and conversations worth sustaining.

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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
Apr 19 2015
Climb UP
Norman, Oklahoma, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 20 2015
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 23 – 24 2015
The Paradise Theater
Paonia, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 24 2015
MOG Fest
Grand Junction, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 24 2015
Dolores Community Center
Dolores, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 25 2015
St. Paul's School
Concord, New Hampshire, US
Apr 25 2015
Bee Cave, Texas, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 26 2015
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Ft. Worth, Texas, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Apr 28 2015
Sony Pictures Studios
Culver City, California, US
May 15 – 16 2015
Dunsmuir, 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.

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Mountainfilm 2015 Artists - Press Release
April 9, 2015

Dynamic lineup of artists for Mountainfilm 2015

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and an amputee painter from Rwanda — these are among the dynamic and diverse lineup of artists who will be featured at the 2015 Telluride Mountainfilm festival. Mountainfilm will showcase these artists during its annual Gallery Walk, which will take place on Friday, May 22, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in venues and galleries around downtown Telluride. Gallery Walk has long been a part of the four-day event’s opening festivities.

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dZi Foundation - Nepal
March 26, 2015

Nepal, Part 2: On the Ground and off the Grid with dZi

We were in the small eastern Nepal village of Nimchola, which is only accessible by foot, when an elder asked if dZi would help build a community center to bring the villagers closer together. Ben Ayers, the country director for dZi, translated the request to our group of English speakers and said, “This is somewhat awkward because it isn’t really what we do.”

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March 23, 2015

Mountainfilm makes an Encore

With a touring arm that places film curriculum in schools across the country and beyond, Telluride Mountainfilm is actively involved in engaging young minds far and wide about causes that matter. And yet for all the educational work we do in such places as Saugatuck, Michigan; Norman, Oklahoma; or even The Republic of Singapore, we had a realization that there’s a place that could use a little more love: our own hometown.

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Sarah Holbrooke & Geoff Tabin
March 12, 2015

Nepal, Part 1: 40 hours to Kathmandu

When my wife, Sarah, and I headed off to Kathmandu, we knew we were in for some arduous travel. The Kathmandu airport had been closed for several days because a Turkish Air jet had landed hard on the runway and broken a wing. Nepal doesn’t have the heavy equipment to remove the aircraft from its only runway, which left more than 40,000 travelers stranded in Nepal (and another 40,000 waiting to arrive). Our first flight challenge, however, was unexpected: The Montrose Airport had enormously long check-in and security lines.*

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Moving Mountains Symposium
March 4, 2015

Shining a Light on Afghanistan: The 2015 Symposium

With themes such as extinction, food and wilderness, Mountainfilm’s Moving Mountains Symposium has been focused on issues for the past several years. In 2015, however, Festival Director David Holbrooke opted to take a different track and home in on a place. He chose a country marked by rich mountain culture and decades of conflict: Afghanistan. “I couldn’t think of a country that’s as important, relevant and compelling to our audience,” Holbrooke said.

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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

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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