MountainFilm Festival Begins Friday In Telluride


One of the most popular and well known adventure film festivals in the world will kick off on Friday when the 35th annual MountainFilm Festival gets under way in Telluride, Colorado. As usual, the fest will be four days packed with great outdoor films, plenty of activities and a healthy dose of social awareness.

It is a tradition at MountainFilm to start the festival with the Moving Mountains Symposium, a special event that always focuses on an important social topic. Typically, experts on the subject are brought in to discuss it in detail and those attending the symposium are able to have meaningful dialogs on what ever the issue is. This year’s topic is “Climate Solutions” and will feature notable guests such as environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, journalist John Hockenberry and scientists Daniel Nocera and Terry Roort. The Moving Mountains Symposium begins 9:00 AM local time on Friday and runs until 3:30 PM.

After that, the schedule jumps right into the film premieres, art events, parties and live music. It is a very packed few days with guest speakers and all kinds of interesting seminars and sessions. Tickets for MountainFilm are still available, although today is the last day that you can actually buy them online. Throughout the rest of the weekend you’ll need to buy them on site.

If you’re anywhere near Telluride this weekend and you’re looking for something to do, then I definitely recommend you hit up MountainFilm. Here in the states this is a three-day weekend, so you don’t have any excuse for not taking in some of these amazing films. I’m looking forward to finding out who the winners are next week once the judging is complete. Then of course, we can look forward to the MountainFilm World Tour later this year.

Kraig Becker