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.

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
Sep 5 – 6 2015
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 11 2015
Redding Civic Auditorium
Redding, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 11 – 12 2015
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton, New York, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 12 2015
Indian Creek Upper School
Crownsville, Maryland, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 16 2015
The Royal Geographic Society
London, London, United Kingdom Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 18 – 20 2015
Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 25 2015
Ojai Valley School
Ojai, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 26 2015
The Thacher School
Ojai, California, US More Details
Sep 26 2015
North Cascades Mountain Hostel
Winthrop, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 30 2015
Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride, Colorado, 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.

Mountainfilm News Watch Mountainfilm Image Gallery Festival Archives

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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The Diplomat - Telluride Mountainfilm
August 12, 2015

Mountainfilm to present special screening of The Diplomat

Telluride Mountainfilm will present two special late-summer screenings of The Diplomat — a feature-length documentary that tracks the career of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke through the eyes of his son, Festival Director David Holbrooke — on Aug. 26 at the Nugget Theatre.

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Andrew Hinton - Tashi and the Monk - Telluride Mountainfilm
August 11, 2015

From the Himalaya to Your Home

I woke on the first morning of Mountainfilm 2014 and looked out of the hotel window. Surrounded by mountains and beauty, I was already in awe of the journey our small film, Tashi and the Monk, was beginning to take. Our crew had travelled a long way from the foothills of the Himalaya to Telluride. But someone was missing. I called my girlfriend Danielle. “It’s amazing here,” I said. “You’ve really got to come”.

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Emilie Lee - Telluride Mountainfilm
August 5, 2015

Amid Festival Frenzy, Quiet Portrait Sessions

I arrived at Mountainfilm directly after spending a month painting and exploring the American Prairie Reserve (APR), located in Montana’s northern great plains region. The APR is creating a 3.5-million acre wildlife reserve by purchasing land when it comes on the market, leasing adjacent government parcels and then merging them to create one open space. When it’s complete, the APR will be the largest conservation area in the lower 48 states.

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Hannah Reyes - Mountainfilm
July 28, 2015

A Long Road, Snow and Stories that Stick

My road to Mountainfilm was long — seven airports, five countries and a lot of in-flight entertainment brought me there. I traveled to Telluride from Cambodia, where I currently live. I grew up in the messy streets of Manila and spent time as an adult exploring the Philippine islands. So Telluride, in its vastness and its snow-capped mountains, was the complete opposite of the worlds I felt most comfortable navigating in. On my second morning, I woke up at 5 a.m., jetlagged and confused, and saw all of Mountain Village covered in snow. The town was empty. I was alone, and everything was white. I rushed out, taking photos and jumping about. I had never seen the world look that way.

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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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