Telluride Film Festival

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(photo by Pamela Gentile)

The Telluride Film Festival is one of the world’s premier film events each year. Despite the modest size of the town, and the seemingly simple way of life, Telluride springs to life when it hosts the film festival each Labor Day Weekend. An annual occurrence since 1973, the Telluride Film Festival is known the world over for its consistently great features and for the attendance of some of the heaviest hitters in the film industry.

For the film lover, it doesn’t get a lot better than a trip to Telluride for the film festival. The festival has done a great job of integrating acknowledgement for the legends of the industry while at the same time making room for up and coming talent to put their work on display. In the end, the festival embodies all that film is supposed to be about – culture, art, and creativity.

Film Festival

Throughout the history of this festival, some films that have gone on to incredible fame have gotten their initial exposure in the small theaters of Telluride. Movies like Slumdog Millionaire and Juno have started out in Telluride, along with countless other independent films that have seen success based off of the start they got in this small Colorado mountain town.

So what does the Telluride Film Festival have to offer you as a visitor? For starters, there is the opportunity to see films that may go on to great success before anyone else gets a chance to view them. You will feel like you are discovering brilliant works come to life before your eyes when you are lucky enough to take part in the screenings that happen. You will also have the chance to rub elbows with some famous names and faces that will be walking the streets all throughout the festival. In the past, actor George Clooney and director Ken Burns have attended, just to mention a couple.

Beyond the films, there is the incredible atmosphere and scenery all around Telluride that is just waiting to be explored. This is a magical place, and the late summer weather is typically perfect for any kind of activity you wish to engage in. There is hiking, fishing, bicycling, and many other outdoor activities all within close reach of the town. A blend of movie watching, socializing, and outdoor recreation can combine for a trip that you won’t ever forget.

As you might imagine, lodging options are limited in Telluride during Film Festival week, so you are wise to make your arrangements early. Lodging in Telluride has a beautiful complex right within the town that will allow you to walk from your accommodations right to the heart of the action. Our rooms are bright and modern, while maintaining an authentic feel that is unique to the area. You will feel at home from the moment you arrive, and will be able to recharge your batteries each night to prepare for another exciting day in and around Telluride. Every film lover has to visit the Film Festival at least once in their life – make this the year that your dream comes true.

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