- Suzan Beraza, Festival Director
In an effort to give promising filmmakers a much-needed leg-up early in their careers, Mountainfilm launched the Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship in 2018. The initiative provides a filmmaker with a yearlong mentorship, including rough-cut advice, festival networking and development assistance. The emerging filmmaker is chosen from a short list of annual Commitment Grant applicants in hopes that the extra support from Mountainfilm will give them the reinforcement they need to advance their project. In addition to the yearlong support, the Fellowship entails two trips to Telluride: one in the winter and again during the festival over Memorial Day weekend. The initiative is another way for Mountainfilm to support the filmmakers whose work is foundational for the festival.