2011 Mountainfilm in Telluride: What's new this year?

2011 Mountainfilm in Telluride: What's new this year?

Closing picnic, 2010 The Mountainfilm in Telluride festival is 33 years old this year but there is no resting on laurels as it rolls out a variety of new initiatives. Here is a look at changes to expect this year, and why:

Base Camp Theater – A new outdoor theater in Telluride Town Park, free and open to the public. Screenings will be Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 PM.

Why: We’re all about the outdoors and films so why wouldn’t we? And we love to be able to make our programming available to anyone and everyone.

Sponsor Support: Horny Toad

Coffee Talks – Formerly Breakfast Talks, these fascinating (free-to-the-public) early-morning panels and presentations are held at six different venues in Telluride and Mountain Village Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM.

Why: These talks have become so popular that catering them has become too expensive and logistically demanding. And we don’t want to take business away from local morning eateries. So, coffee, not breakfast, it is.

Sponsor Support: The Coffee Cowboy

Zero Waste: In addition to its Coffee Talks, Mountainfilm hosts a filmmakers’ dinner, lunch at its Moving Mountains Symposium, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres at its Gallery Walk, an Ice Cream Social and a Closing Picnic. This year we will not be providing any single-use disposable bottles, plates or bowls and we will be strictly minimizing use of disposable cups and utensils. As always, we will be recycling and composting. This year we will also be introducing re-usable pass holders and doing away with laminated passes.

Why: We’re trying to walk the talk. We know we won’t reach absolute zero but we’ll get closer
than ever.

Sponsor Support: Klean Kanteen, The New Community Coalition

Free Beer at Hospitality: A new amenity for festival passholders that speaks for itself.

Why: Because free beer just says “Hospitality” to us.

Sponsor Support: New Belgium Beer, Robbie O’Dell / Oaks – Fat Alley

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