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.
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 25% discount on your lodging during Mountainfilm festival. Enter group promo code: Film.
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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.
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.
As a distinguished favorite among Telluride hotels and resorts, The Peaks provides convenient access to miles of hiking, tennis, golf, fly-fishing and children's programs. Relax in our beautifully appointed accommodations and experience complete rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit, in an incomparable setting.
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.
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 Ice House Lodge combines Southwestern elegance with an old fashioned emphasis on comfort and service.
Our vacation rental units are ideal if you are looking for a comfortable, high-end downtown Telluride, Colorado holiday home.
Unique among Telluride lodging accommodations, The Inn at Lost Creek is that welcome rarity – a charming, unpretentious, upscale inn where warm hospitality is refreshing and genuine.
A full service vacation rental agency and property management company in Telluride, Colorado.
The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride hotel for the foremost in hospitality and comfort. The Hotel Telluride offers discounts to Mountainfilm festival attendees.
lumière is Telluride Colorado’s most intimate and luxury boutique property located in Mountain Village with ski-in/ski-out access. Beyond the magnificent stone facade, you’ll find just 11 hotel rooms and 18 one-five bedroom residences. Make lumiere your basecamp for all the incredible outdoor adventures.
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. Hotel rooms starting at $119/night. Get 15% off any lodging with promo code: CELEBRATION15.
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: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Sunday, May 24: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Monday, May 25: 9 a.m. - 12 p.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 (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, 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.
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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