September 2, 2015

Mountainfilm Named One of MovieMaker’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals

Prestigious List Decided by Panel of Festival Experts

MovieMaker Magazine on Wednesday confirmed what staff and fans of Telluride Mountainfilm have known for decades — that it’s one of the coolest festivals on the planet.

Mountainfilm was included on the magazine’s 2015 list of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. The list, which was compiled by a panel of festival experts, also features such acclaimed film festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland, True/False Film Festival in Missouri and Hot Docs in Canada.

“We’re honored to be included in this incredible group of film festivals,” said Mountainfilm Executive Director Sage Martin. “Making this list sets the bar high to fulfill our mission of inspiring our audiences at a whole new level in 2016.”

MovieMaker’s list lauded Mountainfilm for its inspirational fare and surroundings: “Mountainfilm’s screenings of inspirational docs, and its annual symposium on a critical world issue, are complemented by hikes and atypical party venues to suit this high-altitude paradise — an abandoned mine, for example.” MovieMaker went on to quote one panelist who rhapsodized, “Telluride is heaven on earth, and being able to screen documentaries under the shadow of glorious mountains (while in the distance you see headlamps from climbers ascending these peaks) is just the cherry on top.”

MovieMaker’s annual list seeks to identify the great festivals that allow cinema to transcend form to become more than itself, according to the magazine. “These celebrations from around the planet, picked from nominations by our 2015 Panel of Cool, have the purity of vision to guarantee experiences that you’ll think and talk about for years to come — ones that just might change your life,” the magazine wrote.

The panel of judges included film industry experts, such as Aaron Katz of Oscilloscope Laboratories, director Daniel Barber, film critic Philip Cheah and sibling filmmakers Ravi and Geeta Patel. MovieMaker is a California-based publication that specializes in the art and business of filmmaking. The magazine had a readership of more than 160,000, and is the world’s most widely read independent film magazine, according to its website.