Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979



Mountainfilm Festival


Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

2018 Symposium Theme - Migration

MovieMaker Coolest Festivals Award Laurel

May 25-28, 2018 / Telluride, Colorado

Annual Festival

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. Mountainfilm, which includes interactive talks, free community events, a gallery walk, outdoor programming and presentations, aims to inspire audiences to action on worthy causes. 

Interested in submitting a film for the 2018 festival?

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2018 Symposium Theme - Migration

World Tour

Mountainfilm on Tour 

Year-round and worldwide, we take a selection of festival films on the road.

About the Tour Upcoming Tour Shows Host a Tour

Upcoming Tour Shows

Mountainfilm travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of current and best-loved films from the festival archives. We present both single-event and multi-day shows, hosted by a wide array of organizations, including schools and colleges, corporations, community groups and theater operators. We are called upon often by nonprofit organizations to be part of fundraising events.

Full Tour Schedule Host a Tour Show
When Venue Location
Oct 20 – 21 2017
Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station Auditorium
Mammoth Lakes, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 22 2017
The Warehouse at FTC
Fairfield, Connecticut, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 24 2017
Western Sydney University
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 25 2017
American Express Openair Cinemas
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 27 – 28 2017
The Elks Theatre
Rapid City, South Dakota, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 27 2017
The Tramsheds
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 28 2017
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 30 2017
Wilkinson Public Library
Telluride, US Free Admission More Details
Nov 2 2017
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, Vermont, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Nov 2 2017
Gold Coast Openair Cinema
Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details

News & Views

Mountainfilm is more than simply a festival or world tour, it's a community. We follow the folks featured in the festival long after their Mountainfilm appearance and interact with our audience members in the real and virtual worlds. The News & Views section of our website features news on issues, themes and personalities we hold dear and also includes opportunities for views into Mountainfilm's past, present and future with videos, photo galleries, festival archives and more.

Mountainfilm News Watch Mountainfilm Image Gallery Festival Archives

August 22, 2017

Mountainfilm Announces the 2017 Commitment Grant Finalists

Each fall, Mountainfilm awards $25,000 in grants to filmmakers, artists and photographers whose projects are intended to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm’s Commitment Grant initiative helps creatives tell the stories that fuel the organization’s mission.

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August 7, 2017

Commitment Grant Season Returns to Mountainfilm

While Mountainfilm gets a rest each summer from the breakneck pace of festival planning, it’s not all bench-sitting, weekend camping and mountain biking for the staff. Along with putting on a slew of tour and education shows, summertime is the season for Mountainfilm Commitment Grants.

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July 12, 2017

Mountainfilm announces departure of David Holbrooke, Festival Director

  We have an important announcement to share with the Mountainfilm community. After 10 years, David Holbrooke's tenure as festival director of Telluride Mountainfilm has come to an end, effective July 12, 2017. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the leadership and staff of Mountainfilm, and on behalf of all friends, supporters, and fans of Mountainfilm, we offer our most heartfelt gratitude to David for his decade of dedicated service to the organization.

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Initiatives + Grants

While the annual festival and world tour occupy a lot of Mountainfilm’s focus and energy, they are not all that we do. These initiatives also inspire us throughout the year.

Current Initiatives

Mountainfilm Festival recipients of creative grants

Commitment Grants

We are committed to help creative individuals tell stories that represent the spirit of the Mountainfilm festival. Grants are awarded to filmmakers, photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to move audiences to action on issues that matter.

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The New Normal

At Mountainfilm, we believe that climate change is the most critical issue of our time. We also believe in grassroots movements and have spent nearly four decades sharing and celebrating their powerful stories.

At this year’s festival, we will join the millions of individuals, groups, agencies and organizations actively working to battle climate change.

This is our New Normal, and we invite you to help shape it. Toward this end, we encourage you to take action on our five key initiatives. We will celebrate you, and add you to our list of partners:

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Mountainfilm for Students - Initiative

Mountainfilm for Students

Education is a primary element of Mountainfilm’s mission. We accomplish this in three ways: tour education, festival education and regional Outreach. 

The very nature of our programming — eye-opening adventure, environmental and cultural documentary films on contemporary issues — educates students by simply presenting exceptional content to contemplate, study and explore. Students are an important audience, and we aim to share Mountainfilm’s inspiring content with them because they may otherwise never experience it.

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