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.

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
Apr 29 2016
Sherbino Theater
Ridgway, Colorado, US Details
Apr 29 2016
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, North Carolina, US Tickets Details
May 6 2016
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, North Carolina, US Tickets Details
May 7 2016
St. Paul's School
Concord, New Hampshire, US Details
May 14 2016
Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, US Tickets Details

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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March 23, 2016

Mountainfilm announces 2016 theater presenters

They have walked solo around the world, traveled to frigid landscapes to dive with leopard seals, scaled some of the world’s most difficult peaks, photographed elephants in Tanzania and shattered gender boundaries. And they are coming to Telluride Mountainfilm.

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March 17, 2016

Mountainfilm Presents: Les Voyageurs Sans Trace

In the early 2000s, filmmaker Ian McCluskey happened upon a roadside plaque in Wyoming commemorating an audacious 1938 river expedition by three young, French explorers. Intrigued, he delved into the topic and, after finding their journals, photographs and 16mm film, decided to retrace their route.

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February 11, 2016

Mountainfilm to Celebrate El Niño with Locals Exhibit

El Niño has been generous to Telluride this ski season, lashing the town in blizzards, lavishing the slopes in snow and aiming storm after storm at the San Juan Mountains. Drifts grow taller by the week, snowplows work overtime, bikes and cars disappear under blankets of snow, powder days stack up and skiers revel in the glorious conditions. High fives and hollers abound.

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January 22, 2016

Mountainfilm Presents: No Cameras Allowed

No ticket? No money? No problem. That’s the philosophy at the heart of No Cameras Allowed, the excellent music documentary by James Marcus Haney about sneaking into festivals, refusing to bend to establishment rules, and chasing your passions in the most unorthodox ways.

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January 13, 2016

Remembering Doug Tompkins

Doug Tompkins was my longtime friend for over 50 years, a dear friend, a great friend and even in a roundabout way a friend of Mountainfilm, as well as a friend to trees and grasslands, to free-flowing rivers, to animals driven out of their native habitats and to the edge of extinction, a friend to nature, to our planet, to more friends than he knew he had. And now he is no longer here—yet still here. That’s the way real friendship works.

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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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