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 thesetransportation 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.
Please pick up your pass and festival program at Hospitality, which is located at the Sheridan Opera House Gallery Room.
- Thursday, May 21: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 22: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Saturday, May 23: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday, May 24: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Monday, May 25: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
If you have questions, you may call Hospitality beginning on Thursday, May 21 at 9 a.m.
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) pass holders 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 (165), Masons (130) 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
When lines start to form, theater staff will often issue Q tickets. If you see these colored and numbered pieces of paper being handed out, get one. The lower the number on the Q, the more likely it is that you’ll get into the theater. Qs are issued at the discretion of each theater’s staff depending upon the popularity of the program. Qs do not guarantee a seat in the theater; they merely let the staff know your place in line to prevent others from cutting in front of you. If you do not enter the theater when your number is called, you will wait until the entire line has been let into the theater.
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, or at the Oak Street location across from the Camel’s Garden.
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.
We appreciate the feedback we receive at Mountainfilm and take steps to improve audience experience.
Wilderness Walks & Talks
In 2013, we expanded the concept of our popular Coffee Talks into Town Talks, adding afternoon panels with Mountainfilm guests at a pub and wine bar. Booze & Banter was a success, so we expanded further. Considering the 2014 theme of wilderness, and in line with the overall mission and ethos of Telluride Mountainfilm, we built a section of programming to get people out of theaters and into the great outdoors, providing the opportunity to learn how to build a friction fire with a bow drill, test what it’s like climbing at altitude under the weight of a typical sherpa pack, join a walking group to study edible plants in the wild, or hear a talk from a favorite Mountainfilm presenter at Cornet Falls. These programs are free and open to the public.
Beginning with B.K. “I Am Art” Adams in 2012, we’ve been building an artist-in-residence program at Mountainfilm. Some of you may have seen B.K.’s work at the Stronghouse that year or the mural that Zio Zeigler created for as our resident artist in 2013. For 2014, Eugenie Frerichs built an interactive piece that delved into ideas of wilderness.
Film festivals require some time standing in lines, so we thought of a way to make that experience more enjoyable. We collected a cadre of musicians, entertainers and jokesters to rove town and and entertain people waiting to enter the theaters. They can't predict your chances of getting into a show, but hopefully they'll put a smile on your face while you wait.
Getting people into the theaters of their choice continues to be our number-one priority. In 2013, we decreased the number of turn-aways from all theaters by approximately 15 percent, and we increased the odds more in 2014 by limiting certain passes and improving our communication of real-time audience numbers.
We filled out meticulous spreadsheets in order to understand the intricacies of how audience movement relates to theater capacity. We’ll spare the boring details, but we think you’ll be pleased with the outcome: By putting limits on certain passes (and selling more of others, such as the new Fitzroy), people have a better chance of getting into the programs they most want to see.
Smartphone App: Seat Availability in Real Time
Our queue system remains intact, but we developed a quick and easy way to check whether queues are still available before trucking across town to try to see a show: a smartphone app that reports real-time seat availability. The new system shows a simple green, yellow or red light for each upcoming program. Green means plenty of seats are still available; yellow means that queues cards are diminishing quickly; and red means we’ve stopped handing out queue numbers. (Learn more about how queues work.)
The Early Bird Gets the Cheaper Pass
All passes now have three-tiered pricing: early bird, regular and during the festival. The earlier you purchase a pass, the cheaper it will be. So purchase passes now.
Fitzroy passholders have access to all screenings at the Palm or High Camp during the entire festival, and we’ve also adding Fitzroy access to every theater on Monday morning. The best pass deal is now even better.
New Hospitality & Communications
We’ve redesigned Hospitality and added communications volunteers, who answer questions about programs, queues, venues, parties, or even the best place to grab a quick bite between flicks. Pick up your pass and build a strategy for how to navigate the festival at the Hospitality center at the Sheridan Opera House.
One thing people seem to like about the festival is the programming, so we’re sticking with what works. We’ll continue to play every film at least twice and leave a big block of TBA programs on Sunday evening and Monday morning. We try to re-screen every film that turns away a potential audience, so keep your festival stamina fueled and watch for the third or fourth screenings of films you missed the first times. We also stagger the start time of programs between theaters and publish theater capacity numbers in the centerfold program schedule. These help both savvy veterans and new festival-goers decide the best way to experience Telluride Mountainfilm.
We realize that last-minute schedule changes can throw a wrench in your plans, so we built an online clearinghouse for all TBA announcements, program changes and cancellations.
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.
Download a large printable version of this map.
View Larger Map