Mountainfilm for Students is offered at no cost to K-12 public schools worldwide, wherever Mountainfilm on Tour has a show. The program's playlists are customized by grade level with entertaining and inspiring educational content. Classroom materials developed by teachers to meet national standards accompany some films in the program with filmmaker interviews, discussion questions, activities and more. In addition to traveling with Mountainfilm on Tour, Mountainfilm for Students includes regional outreach program and is part of the annual Mountainfilm festival in May.
Education is a primary element of Mountainfilm’s mission. We accomplish this in three ways:
The very nature of our programming — eye-opening adventure, environmental and cultural documentary films on contemporary issues — educates students by presenting exceptional content to contemplate, study and explore. Mountainfilm aims to share this content with students who would not otherwise be exposed to it.
Mountainfilm for Students is available at no cost to hosts of Mountainfilm on Tour at their nearby public K-12 schools. We offer curated playlists for four different grade levels. Playlists for kindergarten to grade five are engaging with light educational content focused on outstanding, age-appropriate short films. Playlists for grades six and up are focused on educating, entertaining and inspiring students. Some films are accompanied by educational materials for teachers to incorporate before or after the screening. These materials can be downloaded easily and include filmmaker and subject interviews, activities, resources and more — all aimed at engaging students and instructors in an in-depth exploration of identified topics.
Mountainfilm teams up with Telluride Academy to offer Mountainfilm for Students at the annual festival. This interactive program gives students unique access to films, filmmakers and festival events. The experience culminates at the awards ceremony where the students present the Student Choice Award, a $1,000 cash prize to the festival film that they think will most inspire their generation. This program is open to all students ages 14 and up. Space is limited. Please visit Telluride Academy to enroll.
Mountainfilm for Students reaches out to schools in Telluride and the surrounding region to offer free film screenings in the area’s K-12 public schools. If you are a teacher or administrator at a public school in southwest Colorado or the four corners area and are interested in hosting a screening at your school, contact us for more information.
Mountainfilm seeks opportunities to expand our reach to youth audiences, bringing the passion and vision of our filmmakers and guests into classrooms, after-school programs and local theaters and across the country. Contact us if you would like to get involved.