Telluride Film Festival

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The Telluride Film Festival is a film festival in Telluride, Colorado, U.S., over Labor Day Weekend in September of each year.

The bulk of the program is made up of new films, and there is an informal tradition that new films must be shown for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival. Telluride is well-situated on the international film festival calendar for this: after the Cannes Film Festival, but just before the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. This insistence on premieres has led to Telluride’s being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers. This is especially true of Michael Moore (whose first film Roger and Me showed there for the first time in 1989) and Robert Rodriguez (whose first feature El Mariachi got its first festival screening there in 1992). The festival has also had the American premiere of films such as My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle, 1981), Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984), Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986), The Civil War (Ken Burns, 1990), The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, 1992), Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005), The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum, 2014), Sully (Clint Eastwood, 2016), Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016), and Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, 2017).

Since 1995 a special medallion has also been presented annually, usually to a non-filmmaker who has had a major impact on American or international film culture. Past recipients include Milos Stehlik (founder of Facets Multi-Media), HBO, the French film magazine Positif, Ted Turner, and Janus Films. [1]


Dates:  August 30 – September 2, 2019


Dates:  August 31 – September 3, 2018


Dates: September 1-4, 2017

Silver Medallion
Christian Bale
Edward Lachman


Dates:  September 2 – 5, 2016

Silver Medallion
Casey Affleck
Amy Adams
Pablo Larrain

[1]  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “Telluride Film Festival”, Retrieved from:

3 thoughts on “Telluride Film Festival

  1. In 44 years Telluride Film Festival has never named a single “Winner” of anything. The festival generally Tributes three filmmakers (or a rare two in 2017) with the festival’s Silver Medallion (and often a Special Silver Medallion as described above).

  2. And your “Dates: March 8, – March 17, 2019” are the dates for SXSW. Telluride’s 2019 dates are Aug 30-Sept 2.

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