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***The 2020 Telluride Film Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19***

“Cannes died and went to heaven." - Robert Ebert on the Telluride Film Festival

The Show

This festival is unlike any other! Held every Labor Day since 1973, this festival has become a quiet gathering place for industry professionals and film enthusiasts. The Telluride Film Festival notoriously keeps its film schedule a secret until it begins, which creates a buzz amongst guests and famous stars alike. 

In addition to the Oscar-worthy film screenings, the weekend also features guest speakers, symposia, discussions and meet-and-greets. Free events, such as film screenings in Town Park and guest speakers in Elks Park, are open to the public. 

Festival Pass Options

Cinephile Pass ($390) - This is the most basic pass that offers a special menu of unrepeated programs including classic film restorations, silents, guest director selections, select new films and other special programs. These passholders will also get admission to the Labor Day picnic. 

Acme Pass ($580) - The Acme Pass gives movie-goers exclusive admission to Chuck Jones' Cinema with an additional sampler program from the overall festival shows. The Chuck Jones' Cinema is located in Mountain Village. This pass also grants access to the Labor Day picnic plus two shows at the new Town Park venue. 

Festival Pass ($780) - The festival pass is the most popular pass at the Telluride Film Festival. It grants access to unlimited choices for festival programming on a first-come, first-seated basis to all cinemas and events.  

Patron Pass ($4,900) - If you want it all, the patron pass will get you it all. This pass includes a tax-deductible donation of $2,900 and gives passholders access to all events at all sites, priority seating at the theaters, guest of honor credentials at the guest and patron brunch, and also access to the "Patron's Preview." 

Sponsor Pass - This pass is issued to those who have made a major contribution to support the presentation of the Festival. It provides all Patron Pass benefits listed above, plus additional exclusive benefits and recognition. If you wish to make a donation, please contact

Film Festival on a Budget

Don't want to spring for a festival pass? There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Telluride Film Fest on the cheap.

The Late Show Pass ($100): See the last film at two different theaters each day (four films).

Individual Film Tickets ($35): All nine indoor theatres put individual tickets on sale 10 minutes before showtime if there are seats available.

Volunteer: This is a great way to be involved in the festival! Opportunities include ushering theater crowds, serving food, transporting equipment and more. Visit the volunteer page on the official Telluride Film Festival website for additional details.

Attend Free Events

  • Noon seminars in Elks Park
  • "Conversations" in the County Courthouse
  • Open Air Cinema film screenings (one each night)
  • "Filmmakers of Tomorrow" programs
  • Films at the Backlot in the Library

Where To Stay

There is no bad place to stay in Telluride during the Film Festival! The venues for the Film Festival are scattered throughout Telluride and Mountain Village, providing plenty of options for festival-goers. For those purchasing passes, here are some helpful tips about lodging:

  • Acme Passholders will be spending most of their time in Mountain Village. We suggest looking at condos and homes in this vicinity for ease of access to venues. 
  • All of the newer blockbuster films will be held at the venues at the west end of town at the elementary school theater and the Palm Theater. We recommend lodging on the west end of town for easy access to film screenings. 
  • The independent films will be shown at the east end of town at the Opera House, The Nugget, Backlot Theater and Pierre. We suggest lodging on the east end of town for anyone interested in those venues. 

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