Media Kit

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Media Contact

Peter Kenworthy 
Mountainfilm in Telluride
P.O. Box 1088
Telluride, Colorado 81435 
970.728.4123, extension 10
 

Background Information

The Mountainfilm festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. Our audiences also come from around the globe to gather in theaters that range from historical to state of the art in the box-canyon town of Telluride, Colorado, and the gondola-linked Mountain Village.
 
Our motto is “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit.” The spirit we celebrate may be of a vital eco-system or a fragile one. It may be of an endangered culture or of one courageous soul. It may be of a grassroots sustainability movement or of the struggle of a species on the brink of extinction. In whichever case, it is always a spirit that is unique, important and eminently laudable.
 

Our Mission

“Dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.”
 
We fulfill our mission with passion and joy over four days every Memorial Day weekend against the backdrop of the sky-piercing peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The festival has become the favored rendezvous for an international coterie of caring and concerned artists, activists, adventurers and advocates, the majority of whom are at the leading edge of their fields. Many of the 2,000 people that the festival attracts annually return year after year and are unhesitant in naming the festival as one of the most moving and important events in their lives.
 

Programs and Initiatives

The festival begins with the Moving Mountains Symposium. This full-day event has a different topical theme each year that is explored, discussed and debated by a panel of world-class experts drawn from many and varied disciplines. In 2008, the theme was "Water"; in 2009, the theme was "Food"; 2010's theme was the "Extinction Crisis"; this year's theme is "Awareness into Action." 
 
Mountainfilm on Tour is our vehicle to reach a larger audience with the powerful messages of the pioneering films that we showcase at the festival. The tour currently travels to over 100 locations worldwide and serves audiences totaling some 30,000 people. Many of our audiences are made up of students, ranging from elementary to secondary, college and even post-graduate levels, and from inner-city public schools to the Ivy League. Such is the nearly universal appeal and content value of Mountainfilm. Tour show hosts also comprise museums, community groups and non-profit organizations, other film festivals, outdoor organizations and events, resort venues and corporate retreat facilitators. In addition to the value of its educational and entertainment content, Mountainfilm on Tour is often turned to as a fundraising platform by hosting entities.
 

The Domino Effect

As a relatively small and intimate experience—and favored as it is by such excellent and inspirational films, presenters, speakers and guests—the Mountainfilm comes quite naturally by its reputation as the premier festival of its genre in the world. But there is more that marks it as truly special: It has the power to change lives. 
 
Change lives? Yes. Directly and indirectly, Mountainfilm changes lives. It changes the lives of audience members, special guests and featured artists, and many of the people whose challenges and triumphs are depicted in its films. Mountainfilm has even changed the lives of endangered environments and eco-systems. We call it The Domino Effect of Mountainfilm.
 

Educational Outreach

Part of Mountainfilm’s annual festival is designed specifically for young people. In addition to our Kidz Kino shows, which present inspirational and educational programming tailored to youth audiences, we have a program for students known as Movies that Matter.
 
In addition to the benefit of educating young and receptive minds about cultural, social and environmental issues that belong at the forefront of contemporary consciousness and modern thought, Movies that Matter serves the community by empowering students to become a vital part of the public dialogue and information exchange that characterizes the festival.
 
Whether at home in Telluride or on the road visiting schools around the country, the objective of Mountainfilm’s educational outreach is to connect students directly with content-rich, thought-provoking, solution-based film programming. We also strive to add further value whenever possible by providing personal interface with filmmakers, conservationists, social crusaders and explorers of many frontiers—land, sea, space and, most importantly, ideas.
 

Board Members

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