How to Mountainfilm
MAY 25 - 29, 2023
To pick up your festival pass, visit our Hospitality center located at 122 S. Oak Street in downtown Telluride. If you have any questions during the festival, swing by Hospitality and chat with our team. This is also where lost and found will be located.
Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m
Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Our 2023 festival kickoffs with a free screening at our Base Camp theater on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. For those of you traveling to Telluride, we encourage you to arrive on Thursday – or before – to acclimate, find your bearings and get ready for the full festival which launches on Friday, May 26 in the morning and runs through mid-day on Monday, May 29. Our entire festival schedule will be announced in May.
|Palm Theatre||Ticketed venue||721 W Colorado Avenue|
|High Camp (Telluride Conference Center)||Ticketed venue||580 Mountain Village Blvd|
|Masons||Ticketed venue||200 E Colorado Avenue|
|Nugget||Ticketed venue||207 W Colorado Avenue|
|Sheridan Opera House||Ticketed venue||110 N Oak Street|
|Base Camp (Town Park)||FREE / Open to the Public||500 E Colorado Avenue|
For guaranteed access to programs, passholders must reserve tickets on the festival schedule. You must wear your pass to be admitted into the venue. Please arrive at the theater at least 30 minutes before the start of the program. For the uninterrupted enjoyment of all, theater staff will not grant access to a program once it starts. *If you are not at the theater at least 30 minutes in advance, you may lose your seat reservation as we will begin loading our standby ticket line.
If you change your mind and want to attend a different program, you must cancel your existing reservation and create a new reservation up to one hour before the start of a program if space is available. Passholders without a reservation must queue in the standby line for admission. The public can also wait in the standby line. Individual program tickets for the public are $30. Credit cards only. Theater staff will keep a close eye on capacities and will turn people away in the standby line if they have no chance of getting in.
*Patron passholders have walk-up priority access at theaters and do not need to reserve program tickets in advance. If you are a Patron passholder, arrive at the theater 30 minutes before showtime to gain priority entry. There is a separate line for Patrons.
Program Ticket Reservations
Passholders can reserve one ticket per program in advance as outlined below.
- Ama Dablam and Festival Guest passholders can reserve programs beginning on Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. MDT
- Palmyra passholders can reserve programs beginning on Monday, May 15 at 10 a.m. MDT
- Wasatch passholders can reserve programs beginning on Monday, May 22 at 10 a.m. MDT
TBA screenings take place on Sunday and Monday. Tickets for TBAs can be reserved in advance, but there will also be a standby line. You can find TBA information and updates on the Mountainfilm app.
For more information on ticketing, passes and reservations see passes. Passes Page
Amid the talks, walks, films and presentations, there are many events — so many that you could string together an entire itinerary without purchasing a pass, getting your yearly dose of inspiration, even if you don’t have a lanyard. We’ll continue to update this section as events are added.
Base Camp Theater
Screenings at Mountainfilm’s Base Camp Theater (Telluride Town Park stage) are free and open to the public. Base Camp screenings are held nightly beginning on Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, May 28 starting at 8:45 p.m. Attendees are allowed to bring low-backed chairs and blankets. Warm layers are recommended. The following items are prohibited in Town Park: glass, shelled nuts, dogs and tall-backed chairs.
Mountainfilm partners with Telluride Arts to celebrate the work of photographers, activists and artists with the annual Art Walk. The opening reception is Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Telluride Arts HQ.
Free Range Programs
In collaboration with our Presenting Sponsor, The North Face, Mountainfilm offers Free Range programs on Saturday and Sunday. These adventure-focused events are typically held outdoors – rain, snow or shine. If you would like to participate, please arrive at Elks Park 30 minutes before the event to sign up.
Join us for candid conversations between fascinating guests at our festival Coffee Talks. These free events take place from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please bring a reusable mug.
Ice Cream Social
Because who doesn’t like free ice cream? Our Ice Cream Social takes place Saturday afternoon on Colorado Avenue, between Aspen and Fir streets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Make sure to stop by and say hello to our festival sponsors stationed along Main Street.
The Kids Kino program consists of short, family-friendly films that are curated by kids. This screening is held at the Palm on Monday at 12 p.m. and is free for kids and passholders. $10 tickets are available for the general public.
Closing Picnic and Awards Ceremony
In celebration of the final day of the festival, join us for our Closing Picnic and Awards Ceremony in Town Park from 1-4 p.m., where we will announce the festival award winners. The picnic is free for all passholders, except Wasatch. Individual tickets will be for sale at the entrance for $30. Food and drinks are included.
An array of official Mountainfilm apparel, gear and the Mountainfilm poster is available at Bootdoctors, located at 236 S. Oak St.
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 camping opportunities around Telluride but prepare for spring mountain weather.
The Audience Choice Award gives the power to the people, allowing audiences to vote for their favorite feature and short films of Mountainfilm 2023. These awards include cash prizes for the winning films along with a one-of-a-kind cairn sculpture from renowned artist, R. Nelson Parrish. The Audience Choice Award is generously funded in part by Tully and Elise Friedman.
Only Mountainfilm in Telluride passholders can vote for Audience Choice.
You can vote on all the films you have viewed, but can only vote once per film.
Voting closes at 2 p.m. MDT on Monday, May 29. The winners will be announced at the Closing Picnic and Awards Ceremony.
If you have questions on voting, reach out to our friendly customer support team: email@example.com or (970) 728-4123, Option 1.
Mountainfilm is supported by an incredible crew of volunteers whose hard work and dedication bring the festival to life. If you are interested in volunteering, apply now to become a festival volunteer. Volunteers receive a complimentary Volunteer festival pass in exchange for approximately 20 hours of work.
All venues are accessible by foot, bicycle, bus or gondola.
The Palm, Base Camp, Sheridan Opera House, Nugget, Masons, Library, Ah Haa and Elks Park are all located in town and are accessible by foot, bicycle or bus.
High Camp, Mountain Lodge and Hotel Madeline are located in Mountain Village. The free gondola runs between Telluride and Mountain Village daily from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. On Friday and Saturday during the festival, gondola hours are extended until 1 a.m.
- (SMART) San Miguel Regional Transportation offers regional transportation between Telluride, Norwood, Down Valley, Lawson Hill, and Rico. The SMART summer bus schedule will be updated on their website and available in May during the time of the festival.
- Galloping Goose: The free Galloping Goose shuttle bus runs a loop through Telluride every 10 minutes. (Check street signs for times and stops.)
The free Mountainfilm app is your festival guide. It allows you to manage your reservations, and view the festival schedule, film descriptions, event details and real-time festival updates — including TBAs and program changes.
The Mountainfilm smartphone app is available for download in the Apple app store and Google Play. Search for “Mountainfilm” in the app store to download the app onto your device. Once you download the app, sign into your Eventive account to manage your tickets and make reservations.