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Mountainfilm Festival Is Going Virtual: Here’s How to Watch

Mountainfilm has been ‘celebrating indomitable spirit’ since 1979. This year, it’s doing so virtually. And you’re invited.

Mountainfilm Festival was created a few decades ago by a small group of filmmakers in Telluride, Colorado. Up until recently, I used to attend my local Mountainfilm Festival screening every year. Now, thanks to everyone’s collective effort, the show will go on. The virtual festival begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 15.

“Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art, and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world,” reads the festival site. Over the years, it focused on documentary films that showcase mountaineering, environmental issues, exploration, and more.

The virtual film festival will include screenings, Q&As, and other programming, running the full length of the original festival from May 15 to 25.

This year’s short films include stories about cross-country cyclists, arctic explorers, raptor biologists, sit-skier athletes, and more. There are over 60 film entries this year.

Here’s a sneak peek at the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival film lineup:

While some of these films are already available online, the film festival will include extra content, like discussions with directors, bonus cuts, and more.

The festival is not free. Check out the variety of pass options here.

Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.