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.

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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
Oct 4 2015
Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride, Colorado, US More Details
Oct 8 2015
High Point Theater
High Point, North Carolina, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 9 2015
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, North Carolina, US More Details
Oct 10 2015
Criterion Theatre
Bar Harbor, Maine, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 15 2015
The Mountaineers
Seattle, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 16 2015
Capitol Theater
Olympia, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 16 – 17 2015
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center Auditorium
Mammoth Lakes, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 18 2015
Sea to Sky Gondola
Squamish, British Columbia, Canada More Details
Oct 21 2015
The Gateway at SAIT
Calgary, Alberta, Canada Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 22 – 25 2015
Arica Nativa
Arica, Chile

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 on Tour - Winthrop
September 17, 2015

Despite Devastating Wildfires, Mountainfilm on Tour in Winthrop Lives On

As I rushed out the door to catch an early morning flight into Seattle, I received an alarming phone call from Paul Smotherman, host of the tour show in Winthrop, Washington. “It’s not good,” he said. “They’re evacuating the whole Methow Valley.” Paul, along with his wife Audrey, are the proprietors of the North Cascades Mountain Hostel and hosts of Mountainfilm on Tour. This was to be my second time bringing Mountainfilm to Winthrop and the second year in a row that wildfires have engulfed the valley in eastern Washington.

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September 11, 2015

MountainSummit in Aspen Offers Taste of Mountainfilm on Tour

Sitting on the edge of an idyllic pond at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies with writer and adventurer Jedidiah Jenkins, ski mountaineer Chris Davenport and professional slackliner Josh Beaudoin, I wondered if I had died and gone to Walden’s Pond. Canada geese paddled around the water, late summer sun filtered through the trees and steam rose from our coffees. In front of a small gathering of people who had showed up for this outdoor discussion, these three great minds shared their thoughts on presence, flow, breaking routines and squeezing the most out of life. To call it inspiring wouldn’t do it justice.

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Telluride Mountainfilm - Base Camp Outdoor Screening
September 2, 2015

Mountainfilm Named One of MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals

MovieMaker Magazine on Wednesday confirmed what staff and fans of Telluride Mountainfilm have known for decades — that it’s one of the coolest festivals on the planet. Mountainfilm was included on the magazine’s 2015 list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. The list, which was compiled by a panel of festival experts, also features such acclaimed film festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland, True/False Film Festival in Missouri and Hot Docs in Canada.

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Untitled Tibetan Refugee Artists Documentary by Russell O. Bush
August 19, 2015

Meet the 2015 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant finalists

In June and July, Telluride Mountainfilm was the recipient of nearly 100 letters of interest from filmmakers, writers, photographers and artists hoping to nab one of five Mountainfilm Commitment Grants — $5,000 prizes bestowed upon projects that the organization believes will further its mission of inspiring audience on worthy causes.

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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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