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 with a 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 the 2017 festival.

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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.

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When Venue Location
Oct 1 2016
1932 Criterion Theatre
Bar Harbor, Maine, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 5 2016
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 6 2016
Great Outdoor Provision Co. – Greensboro Shop
Greensboro, North Carolina, US Free Admission More Details
Oct 6 2016
The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
Seattle, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 7 – 8 2016
El Morro Theatre
Gallup, New Mexico, US
Oct 7 2016
Capitol Theater
Olympia, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 7 2016
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, North Carolina, US Free Admission More Details
Oct 8 2016
Hopkins Center for the Arts
Hanover, New Hampshire, US More Details
Oct 20 – 21 2016
Gryphon Theatre
Laramie, Wyoming, US Free Admission More Details
Oct 20 2016
UCSB Campbell Hall
Santa Barbara, California, US Purchase Tickets 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.

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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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August 24, 2016

Meet Mountainfilm’s 2016 Commitment Grant finalists

Bolivian jaguars in jeopardy, an Iraqi translator wrongfully tortured, a development threat to the Grand Canyon and two Muslim brothers who love to skateboard. These are among the projects that have been selected as finalists in Telluride Mountainfilm’s 2016 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Initiative, which will ultimately divvy $25,000 between 10 winners. The program aims to support filmmakers and storytellers who are creating projects that align with the organization’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

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June 28, 2016

Mountainfilm invites community to Sea Gypsies screening

The staff at Telluride Mountainfilm knows that it’s impossible to catch every film during the jam-packed Memorial Day weekend. For that reason and more, Mountainfilm presents a special screening of two popular 2016 films, Mile 19 and Sea Gypsies: Far Side of the World, on July 5. Both films enjoyed world premieres at the festival.

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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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