Your Guide to the 2016 Telluride Film Festival
Affectionately referred to by the in-crowd as simply “The Show,” the extremely humble Telluride Film Festival 2016 will be its 43rd consecutive one. And for film buffs everywhere, this labor day is sure to be special one. That’s because this year’s Guest Director is none other than internationally celebrated, Oscar-winning German filmmaker (and actor, writer, and producer), Volker Schlöndorff. Now, this is one Telluride festival renowned for its secrecy. In fact, the program line-up and honorees aren’t publicly announced until you get there! But if history is any indication, here’s what attendees can expect (along with plenty of the unexpected, to boot). Get your tickets here.
A Scene ~ For Cinematic Legends
The Telluride Film Festival (TFF) made its debut amidst the majestic San Juan Mountains in 1973. Telluride had always been a scene for cinematic legends, harking back to the days when such stars as Houdini, the Marx Brothers, and Sarah Bernhardt journeyed to Telluride to entertain miners in the Sheridan Opera House. Today, that very same Sheridan Opera House is still one of three formal venues of the TFF (the others include Chuck Jones’ Cinema and the Werner Herzog Theater). And the stars that flock to this Telluride festival have only gotten progressively bigger.
Every year, the Telluride Film Festival honors a very select group of three film contributors for their prestigious Silver Medallion tributes. From Francis Ford Coppola all the way back in 1974 to Danny Boyle and Rooney Mara who were honored just last year, TFF pays tribute to all sorts of industry types, from all sides of the camera.
A Secret ~ Until Opening Day
As previously mentioned, film selections and their schedules are kept a close secret until the opening day of the festival. But as the past festivals suggest, there’s no shortage of diversity, prestige and excitement. The only caveat to be entered in the festival is that this must be the film’s U.S. debut during the long weekend. Past films making their debut at TFF include such Academy Award favorites like Spotlight, Brokeback Mountain and The Crying Game, along with cult favorites such as Blue Velvet, Stranger Than Paradise and the documentary mini-series, The Civil War.
Volunteers and Students
It Takes ~ A Village
It literally takes a village to make this momentous mountain event a success. And while tickets to the festival go quick and the surrounding vacation rentals even quicker, there are other ways to attend. Volunteers are welcomed on first come, first serve basis, with return volunteers receiving preferential treatment. You may apply here. They also offer extensive student programs for a select group looking to turn their passion of film into a rewarding and applicable education.
An Event of Love
An Experience ~ Of A Lifetime
The Telluride Film Festival is an event acclaimed for dedicating itself not to commerce, but to love. And it shows. The TFF prides itself about not being a competition, but rather a celebration. But tickets and area vacation rentals go fast. Come join thousands of other lucky filmgoers and celebrate your love of cinema at one of the most celebrated film festivals of the year.
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