Telluride Mountainfilm

Celebrating Indomitable Spirit Since 1979

Mountainfilm Festival


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

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May 25-28, 2018 / Telluride, Colorado

Annual Festival

Held every Memorial Day weekend, Telluride 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. 

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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.

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When Venue Location
Sep 28 2017
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Culver City, California, US Free Admission More Details
Sep 29 2017
The Historic Avalon Theater
Grand Junction, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 30 2017
Mountain Technology Symposium
Mountain Village, Colorado, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Sep 30 2017
1932 Criterion Theatre
Bar Harbor, Maine, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 5 2017
1900 Building
Mission Woods, Kansas, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 5 2017
Dendy Cinemas
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 12 2017
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 12 2017
Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
Seattle, Washington, US Purchase Tickets More Details
Oct 12 – 13 2017
Gryphon Theatre
Laramie, Wyoming, US Free Admission More Details
Oct 12 2017
Western Sydney University
Parramatta, New South Wales, 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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May 24, 2017

More than Movies: an insider’s guide to Mountainfilm’s non-film offerings

Mountainfilm, which is in full swing in Telluride and Mountain Village this Memorial Day Weekend, is at its foundation a documentary film festival — a platform for cutting-edge films about environments worth protecting, epic adventures, remarkable cultures, complex political issues and indomitable spirit. But Mountainfilm is more than just a parade of movies on the big screen. There’s a whole other side of the festival that doesn’t involve moving pictures. At Mountainfilm, you will find theater presentations by some of the most impressive humans on the planet, workshops aimed at filmmakers, live music, live art, parties aplenty and a studio that turns film-watching into an immersive experience. Following is Mountainfilm’s guide to some of its best programs that don’t involve movies on the big screen.

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May 23, 2017

No pass? No problem. Mountainfilm Offers Host of Free Programs

Mountainfilm rolls into Telluride this week, a tidal wave of documentary films, theater speakers, panel discussions, adventure tales, scientific discourse, bold activism and outdoor events. It’s a lot to digest and a lot to plan for. And what many locals may not realize is that amid the talks, walks, films and presentations, there are many free 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. At Mountainfilm, we believe in spreading stories of indomitable spirit far and wide, but we also don’t want to forget the people who live in our backyard. That said, the following guide of free festival events should ensure that you emerge from the festival moved, motivated — or at least with a shift in mindset.

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Initiatives + Grants

While the annual festival and world tour occupy a lot of Telluride 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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