Mountainfilm in Telluride
is America's leading independent documentary film festival. Its mission: "Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining."
The History of Mountainfilm
The Mountainfilm festival began in 1979 as an opportunity for climbers and mountaineers to enjoy the rugged outdoors surrounding Telluride during the day and watch films about mountains and mountain cultures at night. It has evolved over the intervening decades to embrace a much wider and more diverse audience and its programming now stretches to the leading edges of contemporary social, cultural and environmental issues.
An orientation toward activism has increasingly defined the festival since the mid-90's, a function of both a change in leadership as well as growing public appetite to better understand modern challenges and to help solve them. In recent years this orientation is presented as a full-day symposium on a pressing contemporary issue such as water (2008), food (2009) and species extinction (2010).
JanSport is a proud sponsor of the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, CO each year over Memorial Day weekend. As the festival continues to bring together outdoor enthusiasts and activists from around the world, JanSport is honored to be a part of these inspiring films, as well as listen to and engage in the important conversations relevant to world issues that affect the outdoor space we cherish around us.
In the Fall months, JanSport supports Mountainfilm on Tour, a journey around the world to reach audiences who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to experience the festival. With the help of its Student Ambassadors, JanSport leverages the brilliant, heroic and dynamic films from the 4-day festival, bringing them on tour across the country to be viewed by thousands of students at its Student Ambassador Program university campuses.
For more information about Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride please visit, www.mountainfilm.org