Telluride Mountainfilm

Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979

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

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Coolest Festival

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.

2017 Film Submissions

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
Dec 7 2016
Bud Werner Memorial Library
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 9 2016
Omni Hotel
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, US More Details
Dec 10 2016
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, US Free Admission More Details
Jan 6 – 7 2017
Our Lady of the Snows Center
Alta, Utah, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Jan 14 2017
Angel Fire Community Center
Angel Fire, New Mexico, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Jan 19 – 21 2017
Trustees Theater
Savannah, Georgia, US Purchase Tickets
Jan 19 – 21 2017
Mariner Theater at Homer High
Homer, Alaska, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Jan 20 2017
Rio Grande Theatre
Las Cruces, New Mexico, US More Details
Jan 21 – 23 2017
Gold Town Theater
Juneau, Alaska, US More Details
Jan 25 – 26 2017
Bear Tooth Theatrepub
Anchorage, Alaska, 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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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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October 17, 2016

Mountainfilm announces 2016 Commitment Grant winners

10 stellar projects nab cash and equipment to help get their story out Nepali honey hunters practicing a dwindling and precipitous tradition, a father-and-son team attempting to recreate the Ice Age in the Arctic north, an aging climber tackling a daunting route from his past and a team of conservationists battling the alarming decline of elephants in Central Africa. These are among the timely, fascinating and crucial stories being told by Telluride Mountainfilm’s 2016 Commitment Grant winners.

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August 31, 2016

Mountainfilm’s Reach Beyond Film

When I decided to make a documentary about the Family Preservation Project, a program that offers support to incarcerated mothers, I knew that many people — and, therefore, many film festivals — would find the subject matter too depressing or not commercial or whatever shorthand would communicate the sentiment that "we don't want to deal with those people." If accepting my documentary had been the only thing Mountainfilm had done, I would have been eternally grateful.

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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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