05/20/2020 - 7:00pm to 05/25/2020 - 7:00pmGet Directions
Celebrating the Indomitable Spirit Since 1979
***Mountainfilm has moved to an online platform for 2020's festival due to COVID-19***
Mountainfilm is more than a film festival. Held every Memorial Day weekend, Mountainfilm brings together creators, thinkers, world-class athletes and visionary artists to delve into nonfiction stories about climbing, cultural, environmental, political and social justice issues that matter. Approximately 85 films are selected each year and are paired with interactive talks, free community events, a gallery walk, outdoor programming and presentations.
How It Started
Mountainfilm first began in 1979 as a way for climbers and mountaineers to enjoy Telluride by day and films about the outdoors and outdoor culture at night. Since the mid-90s, Mountainfilm has shifted towards activism and contemporary social, cultural and environmental issues.
Mountainfilm Festival began in 1979 as an opportunity for climbers and mountaineers to enjoy the Telluride outdoors by day and watch films about the mountains and mountain culture by night. It has evolved over the decades to embrace a much wider and more diverse audience. The programming now stretches to the leading edges of contemporary social, cultural, and environmental issues.
Some of the past themes include:
- Energy (2007)
- Water (2008)
- Food (2009)
- The Extinction Crisis (2010)
- Activism (2011)
- Population (2012),
- Climate Solutions (2013)
- National Parks (2016)
- The New Normal (2017)
- Migration (2018)
- Equity (2019)
There are so many different aspects of Mountainfilm today. In addition to purchasing a ticket, any visitors on a budget can attend the Base Camp Outdoor Theatre, Coffee Talks, Happy Hour, Free-Range Programs, Gallery Walks and the Ice Cream Social. There are volunteer positions available as well. Mountainfilm also goes on tour every year! Click here for details on locations and tickets.