Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979



Mountainfilm Festival


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

2017 Annual Fundraising Event  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.

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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.

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When Venue Location
Nov 28 2017
Agnes Scott College
Decatur, Georgia, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Nov 29 2017
Emory University – Rollins Auditorium
Atlanta, Georgia, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 1 – 3 2017
Throckmorton Theatre
Mill Valley, California, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 4 2017
Bud Werner Memorial Library
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, US More Details
Dec 9 2017
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, US Free Admission More Details
Dec 12 2017
Wheeler Opera House
Aspen, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 13 2017
Ellen Theatre
Bozeman, Montana, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 15 2017
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Saugatuck, Michigan, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Dec 20 2017
Jackson Hole Center for the Arts
Jackson, Wyoming, US More Details
Jan 12 – 13 2018
Our Lady of the Snows Center
Alta, Utah, US 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

Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
November 6, 2017

Remembering Katie, Fred & Ross

Mountainfilm celebrates the lives of three festival luminaries: spitfire river goddess Katie Lee, 98; legendary climbing pioneer Fred Beckey, 94; and longtime festival tech guru Ross Krantz, 83.

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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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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

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.

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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.

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