The Telluride Mountainfilm is kicking off its 37th year of celebrating the indomitable spirit. Founded in 1979, the organization uses the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. The outdoor industry takes flight at the end of May during a full weekend of screenings, talks, events, and celebrations to truly take in the impact we have on the outdoors and the importance of the outdoors in our lives.
Historically, Mountainfilm has brought industry moguls such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Dianne Feinstein, Maurice Herzog, Gretel Ehrlich, Carl Pope and more to speak about their experiences in the industry, advocate for the outdoors, and inspire attendees to pursue adventures of their own. This year, the festival will host nearly fifty special guests throughout the four days of events who will relate stories of their adventures, give insight on their experiences working outdoors, and emphasize our role in maintaining our earth responsibly. These speakers include long-time attendees of Mountainfilm like climbing legend and author Conrad Anker, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer Aaron Huey, and photographer, director, and filmmaker Pete McBride. In addition, first time guests will be presenting like accomplished rock climber Steph Davis, author of The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko, and National Geographic Photography Fellow David Guttenfelder.
This year’s Telluride Mountainfilm will screen nearly 100 films from around the world between Friday, May 27th through Memorial Day on Monday, May 30th. The holiday weekend will be chock-full of events beginning with the Moving Mountains Symposium themed around National Parks on Friday morning. Marking its 100th birthday this year, the National Parks Service will celebrate by commemorating the country’s crown jewels. Mountainfilm will play its part by dedicating this year’s symposium to the deep and abiding relationship with the wilderness. Through film and a with a roster of speakers ranging from writers to rangers, conservationists to photographers and more. Friday’s events will continue with a free, public Galllery Walk around Telluride and Mountain Village.
The weekend will continue with screenings throughout town and Mountain Village. Guests will be able to enjoy free public Town Talks which provide an opportunity to engage in a more intimate setting with Mountainfilm Special guests. The Ice Cream Social is essentially a Mountainfilm Farmers’ Market running from 2 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday and is also free and open to the public. The weekend will also feature the Reading Frenzy, special programs at the Wilkinson Public Library, free movies under the stars at the Base Camp Theatre and programming with a variety of short films. The 2016 Mountainfilm will come to a close on Monday afternoon with the Closing Picnic and Awards Ceremony, honoring all films submitted to Mountainfilm and awarding select films with high honors and cash prizes.
Whether attending as many events as you possibly can or joining in on a few while spending time outside in Telluride, Mountainfilm is a special festival that brings together outdoors-people of all ages and interests from all over the world to celebrate the earth and all it has to offer with regard to challenging the human spirit and pushing the limits of natural abilities. Book your visit today and get your tickets before they completely sell out, Mountainfilm is sure to inspire and Telluride is sure to amaze.