(from their website) http://www.mountainfilm.org/festival/2010/index.asp
Currently in its 32nd year, the Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. Our audiences also come from around the world to gather in theaters that range from historical to state-of-the-art in the box canyon of Telluride, Colorado and the gondola-linked town of Mountain Village.
Our motto is “Celebrating Indomitable Spirit.”
The spirit we celebrate may be of a vital eco-system or a fragile one. It may be of an endangered culture or of one courageous soul. It may be of a grassroots sustainability movement or of the struggle of a species on the brink of extinction. In whichever case, it is always a spirit that is unique, important and eminently laudable.
The Festival Weekend
The festival begins each year with its Moving Mountains Symposium. This full-day event has a different topical theme each year that is explored, discussed and debated by a panel of world class experts drawn from many and varied disciplines. In 2009 we featured Food, for 2010 we will feature The Extinction Crisis.
Special Events throughout the weekend provide a chance to mingle with other festival guests, bask in the beauty of Telluride, and stimulate all 6 senses. The Gallery Walk following our Symposium affords a chance to meet and greet while strolling from one Telluride art gallery to the next to view original paintings, sculpture, photography and multi-media works of wonder.
Films begin Friday evening and run through mid-Monday. Each year we have a special focus for our film programming. In 2010 we will feature The Extinction Crisis.
Throughout the weekend you will also be treated to Q&A's with your favorite filmmakers, and presentations by our Special Guests who round out the Mountainfilm experience with colorful tales of adventures and eye-opening talks of current events.
Breakfast Talks each morning offer a bite to eat while listening to casual presentations from the Minds of Mountainfilm.
Saturday afternoon we gather on Main Street to celebrate the mountains with our annual Ice Cream Social, where the frozen treats are on us!
On Sunday we get a little crazy with The Reading Frenzy, an opportunity to talk with authors and get signed copies of their books.
The Closing Picnic on Monday rounds out our weekend. Set in Telluride’s Town Park, surrounded by the soaring drama of San Juan peaks, the picnic serves as our Awards Ceremony and offers a last chance for free beer and great food, and to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.