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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 Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.