Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979


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

Join us for a special screening of the award-winning film Unbranded on July 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

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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
Iribapuera Park
Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil
Aug 22 2015
North Cascades Mountain Hostel
Winthrop, Washington, US
Aug 27 – 30 2015
Wheeler Opera House
Aspen, Colorado, US
Aug 28 – 29 2015
The Plaza Theatre
Atlanta, Georgia, US More Details
Sep 5 – 6 2015
Rocky Spirit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sep 11 2015
Redding Civic Center
Redding, California, US
Sep 11 – 12 2015
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, New York, US More Details
Sep 12 2015
Annapolis, Maryland, US More Details
Sep 18 – 20 2015
Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, California, US
Sep 23 2015
Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride, Colorado, US More 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.

Mountainfilm News Watch Mountainfilm Image Gallery Festival Archives

Sage Martin - Mountainfilm
June 11, 2015

A Big Hunk of Gratitude

After some much needed rest, I can finally exhale fully and reflect upon my first festival. There hasn’t been time for self-congratulating for becoming the executive director of the coolest, most inspiring, kick-ass nonprofit out there. There hasn’t even been time to pin up a family photo on my office bulletin board. From my very first day, I was in a race with time to learn as much as I could before the festival arrived.

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Unbranded - Mountainfilm Closing Picnic
June 11, 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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Katie Klingsporn & Bob Mankoff - Mountainfilm
June 9, 2015

Mountainfilm 2015: My Highlight Reel

Each Mountainfilm has its indelible moments — films, conversations, connections and people who make my heart grow wings and spark new fires in my soul. Mountainfilm 2015 was no exception; we stuffed a year’s worth of inspiration, plus extra for good measure, into four short days. As the new program director at Mountainfilm, I was not in that delicious position of going into a program unaware and being broadsided by wisdom, story and spirit. But that didn’t preclude me for having my own set of unforgettable moments.

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David Holbrooke - Mountainfilm
June 4, 2015

Mountainfilm 2015. Best ever? I think so.

We Mountainfilm folk have been hearing a lot of declarations that the 2015 edition of the festival was "the best ever.” It’s a wonderful compliment, but, of course, there are no objective measures for such a designation and, honestly, the phrase has been bandied about before. During a Holbrooke family post-fest discussion, my wife asked me if I thought it was indeed the “best ever.” The question gave me pause because I’d never contemplated the best Mountainfilm.

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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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