Flights are available to nearby Montrose (MTJ: 68 miles), Durango (DRO: 124 miles), Cortez (CEZ: 80 miles) and Grand Junction (GJT: 133 miles). International airports in Denver, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque are a scenic six- to seven-hour drive away.
Telluride Express provides ground transportation between Telluride and regional airports: 888.212.TAXI.
Contact KOTO: 970-728-4333 or 970-728-4334.
The Gondola and the Goose
All theaters are reachable by foot, bicycle or the gondola — which runs between Telluride and Mountain Village from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. On Saturday during the festival, gondola hours are extended until 1:00 a.m. Telluride’s shuttle bus, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 10 minutes. In Mountain Village, dial 970-728-8888 during Gondola hours for Dial-A-Ride services within town limits. All of these transportation options are free of charge.
Telluride Express provides ground transportation between Telluride and area airports: 888.212.TAXI.
If you're looking for a place to stay in Telluride or Mountain Village, please check out our Lodging Sponsors who graciously support our organization and offer special discounts for Mountainfilm attendees.
There are also lots of camping opportunities in and around Telluride, Colorado, but prepare for spring mountain weather. For information on individual campgrounds, how to make reservations and to get directions, go to the Telluride Tourism Board's website.
Summit - Lodging Sponsors
Mountain Lodge offers the ultimate mountain resort experience with spacious accommodations, slope-side convenience, upscale amenities and gracious service. Visit Mountain Lodge's website for a 15% discount when you book two nights or more lodging during Mountainfilm festival.
(970) 728 0701
Element 52 offers slope side in a spectacular mountain destination, discover luxury accommodations in Telluride, CO with 48 artfully designed one-to-five-bedroom residences known as The Auberge Residences at Element 52. This rare Telluride lodging opportunity in downtown Telluride awaits you in a setting where distinctive luxuries thoughtfully intertwine with stunning natural beauty, world-class skiing and cultural activities.
Camp III - Lodging Sponsors
Lumière Hotel is Telluride Colorado’s most intimate and luxury boutique Hotel & Residences located in Mountain Village. Located close to the gondola and many hiking trails in summer and ski runs in winter, the signature of Lumière Hotel in Telluride is a seamless fusion of design and personalized service in an intimate and exclusive setting. Stylish and chic, classic and hip, Lumière has the sophistication of a boutique hotel with the intimacy of a European resort lodge.
Lumière is thrilled to be chosen as a luxury Telluride accommodation during Mountainfilm festival. They offer unsurpassed personal attention and total privacy in an intimate setting close to all the action & adventure Telluride has to offer. Their dedicated team will cater to your every need and execute an extremely customized itinerary just for you, your family or group.
Madeline hosts some of Mountainfilm’s daily programs, and is Telluride’s top luxury resort hotel. Experience a place to comfort your senses as well as your soul after a day filled with great documentary films. Follow this link to take advantage of Madeline's discount for festival passholders.
Camp II - Lodging Sponsors
Our vacation rental units are ideal if you are looking for a comfortable, high-end downtown Telluride, Colorado holiday home.
The Inn at Lost Creek is an award winning luxury boutique hotel offering 32 unique suites, with a premiere location, one of Telluride's best restaurants, and a team that truly loves to deliver highly personalized and quality service defining the Inn as Intimate - Warm - Special.
Telluride Alpine Lodging offers the authentic Telluride experience. As the areas largest property management company with over 300 vacation rental properties in both Telluride and Mountain Village, Telluride Alpine Lodging truly has everything to satisfy your lodging needs. Get 15% off any lodging with promo code: CELEBRATION15.
The Peaks Resort & Spa, located in Telluride's Mountain Village offers luxury hotel and residential vacation accommodations. Enjoy world-class outdoor adventure, unparalleled views and amenities with a dedicated staff committed to providing genuine care for our guests.
Camp I - Lodging Sponsors
Camel's Garden Hotel, ideally situated on the San Miguel River only 2 blocks from Main Street, offers the highest level of comfort and personal service.
The Hotel Telluride is located in historic downtown Telluride and walking distance to most of The Mountain Film Theatres during the festival in Telluride. The Hotel Telluride is also proud to be a sponsor and location for The Mountain Film Coffee Talks. For those moments where you are in a hurry or need a lift, The Hotel Telluride also offers a complimentary shuttle to all guests within the town of Telluride. Other amenities of The Hotel Telluride guest rooms include balconies, air conditioning, mini kitchens, brand new bedding packages update in 2016. Property amenities include two outdoor hot tubs, breakfast on site, and evening bar and restaurant with live music.
For Mountain Film guests booking directly through the festival, please enjoy an additional 20% off by going to MTN16. (link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=25759&Chain=16209&promo=MTN16)
Bear Creek Lodge of Telluride brings together luxury, comfort and an unsurpassed level of service that is guaranteed to bring you back year after year. With no limit to the gorgeous views and an attentive staff to provide unsurpassed levels of service, Bear Creek Lodge is the perfect place to bring your family or group for a memorable Colorado vacation. Hotel rooms starting at $119/night. Get 15% off any lodging with promo code: CELEBRATION15.
The Ice House Lodge combines Southwestern elegance with an old fashioned emphasis on comfort and service.
Base Camp - Lodging Sponsors
Please pick up your pass and festival program at Hospitality.
- Thursday, May 26: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 27: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Saturday, May 28: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday, May 29: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Monday, May 30: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Picking Up Passes
Pre-purchased passes and tickets will be available for pick up at the Mountainfilm Hospitality Center starting Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Symposium attendees should make every effort to pick up their passes on Thursday. We often have long lines Friday morning and you may be late getting to the Symposium.
* PLEASE NOTE: Mountainfilm does not sell guaranteed seats. All passholders (except Patrons) must stand in line for admission to theaters and are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Perhaps the best way to understand the annual festival — short of actually attending — is to look through past programs. Each contains information about that year's films, special guests, social events, art exhibits and the Moving Mountains Symposium that explores a different issue every year. Programs from the past several years are available to view and download below. Listed beside each year is the theme of its respective symposium.
Mountainfilm Festival Programs
The latest festival program is also available on your smartphone: Download the Telluride Mountainfilm mobile app to see the most up-to-date festival information.
All theaters have two lines: 1) passholders and ticket holders and 2) ticket buyers. Pass and ticket holders are admitted first; additional tickets are sold for $25 if seats are still available. Queue early, especially at the smaller theaters: Sheridan (230 seats), Nugget (160), Masons (120) and The Library (65).
The back of your pass lists restrictions.
Individual program tickets ($25) go on sale after all pass holders have been admitted to the theater.
The Q System
Theater staff begins handing out Q tickets 45 minutes before a show starts. The lower the number on the card, the more likely you’ll get into the theater. That said, a Q doesn’t guarantee a seat, it merely lets staff know your place in line to prevent others from cutting. Be sure to be present when staff begins calling Q numbers. If you miss that moment, you’ll have to wait until the entire line has been let into the theater. You can also check real-time theater reports via the Mountainfilm app to learn whether Qs are still available. If you are a Patron passholder, arrive at the theater no later than 15 minutes before showtime. And to ensure that our audience gets the best out of its line time, we’ve gathered a cadre of musicians and entertainers — our roving Q buskers — to play, perform and keep things lively.
For the uninterrupted enjoyment of all, theater staff will not grant access into a program once it starts.
TBAs and special screenings will be posted daily outside all theaters, at Hospitality, on our Facebook page and Tweeted by @mountainfilm.
At 8,750 feet in Telluride, Colorado, and 9,500 feet in Mountain Village, visitors from lower altitudes sometimes experience altitude sickness. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can strike anyone sleeping over 6,000 feet, regardless of age or physical fitness. AMS feels like a bad hangover, and symptoms include dizziness, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue and/or difficulty sleeping. Symptoms can begin within two to 24 hours after arriving at altitude and usually disappear within six to 48 hours. The following tips help optimize acclimatization and reduce the risk of AMS:
- Ascend slowly: Schedule an overnight stay at an intermediate altitude on the way to Telluride, such as Denver, Durango, Ouray, Ridgway or Placerville.
- Stay hydrated: Drink an extra liter of water daily.
- Avoid alcohol and anxiety/sleeping medications in the benzodiazepine family (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Restoril, Serax and others) — alcohol and benzodiazepine medications suppress breathing and result in lower blood oxygen.
- Avoid over exertion during the first day or two at altitude.
If any symptom are severe or do not subside within 48 hours, call 911.
Buy Telluride Mountainfilm apparel at BootDoctors & Paragon Outdoors at 213 West Colorado Avenue, two doors east of the Nugget Theatre.
Can't wait until the next festival? We've got great merchandise for sale online.
It's easy to enjoy Telluride Mountainfilm as a family. Most of the parties are kid-friendly midday events, such as the Ice Cream Social and Closing Picnic. Younger kids can attend the Kidz Kino program, a show geared toward children ages 6 to 12. Older children will enjoy and learn from most of the regular festival programs. Documentaries are not given ratings, but much of Mountainfilm content would garner a PG or PG-13 rating. Pay special attention to film descriptions; some films delve deeply into challenging content — such as war, slavery, or poverty — and the description will help you make a decision based on your child.
We offer a heavily discounted student pass, which gives anyone in school the same access to festival theaters as a Fitzroy.
Telluride also offers licensed babysitters, gear rentals and nanny services for parents.
TELLURIDE SITTERS • 970-708-0170
Babysitting, Toy and Baby Gear Rentals
Telluride Sitters offers child care services for residents and visitors. The staff includes professionals who are over 21 and CPR/First Aid certified. Babysitters come to you, so there's no need to worry about transportation — even for equipment and toy rentals, which they set up for you upon delivery. Telluride Sitters is a licensed, insured and bonded company that is locally owned and operated in Telluride.
ANNIES NANNIES • 970-728-2991
Licensed and Insured Babysitting
Annie's Nannies provides experienced nannies selected to fit each family's needs and budget. Nannies are available on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. Annie’s Nannies specializes in creative play, outdoor adventure, hands-on learning, art and more. Visitors and locals enjoy childcare at their homes, accommodations and around Telluride. Additional services include infant specialists, adventure guides and pet sitting.
TRAVELING LITE • 970-318-6543
Baby and Children Equipment Rentals
Traveling Lite provides baby and Children Equipment Rentals - Traveling With Children Made Easy! Providing full size cribs, highchairs, toys, strollers and more. Coordinating with you or your property management to deliver, setup & pick up. Specializing in children’s equipment rentals in Telluride since 1996.
In recent years, Mountainfilm has reduced its waste by over 80 percent. We'll continue our efforts and appreciate your help. Please bring your own cup, dishes and tableware to festival-sponsored events. If you lack reusable dishware, pick up portable items at the Mountainfilm Store.
Exceptions: Some venues will sell concessions in the usual manner, and we cannot serve alcohol in to-go cups.
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