TFF 43 September 2-5, 2016

• Join us this Labor Day Weekend for the 43rd Telluride Film Festival, September 2-5, 2016. Visit our travel and lodging page for more information on how to get there and where to stay.

Film Submission is now open! Deadline for feature films is July 15, 2016 and July 1, 2016 for shorts and students films. Read all about our rules and regulations, and find the link to the submission form, here.

• Volunteer!: Great opportunities await eager, hardworking, problem solving, movie-loving people who want to dedicate some time to putting on the SHOW. Learn more about volunteering your talents here.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for another fantastic SHOW!!!

We hope you enjoyed 42 as much as we did. We'll add some videos to this site in the coming weeks so check back often for those moments you may have missed.

Our FilmWatch newspaper, distributed in town during the Festival, can now be downloaded here as well, and one more morsel to savor can be found here: the full text of an interview with Georges Mourier on the subject of his brilliant RESTORING NAPOLEON.


42nd Telluride Film Festival Announces 2015 Program

We present our official program selections for the 42nd edition of the Telluride Film Festival taking place Labor Day Weekend September 4-7, 2015. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. TFF will screen over seventy-five feature films, short films and revival programs representing twenty-seven countries, along with special artist Tributes, Conversations, Panels, Student Programs and Festivities.

42nd Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program:

  • CAROL (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2015)
  • AMAZING GRACE (d. Sydney Pollack, U.S., 1972/2015)
  • ANOMALISA (d. Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, U.S., 2015)
  • BEASTS OF NO NATION (d. Cary Fukunaga, U.S., 2015)
  • HE NAMED ME MALALA (d. Davis Guggenheim, U.S., 2015)
  • STEVE JOBS (d. Danny Boyle, U.S., 2015)
  • IXCANUL (d. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 2015)
  • BITTER LAKE (d. Adam Curtis, U.K., 2015)
  • ROOM (d. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland-Canada, 2015)
  • BLACK MASS (d. Scott Cooper, U.S., 2015)
  • SUFFRAGETTE (d. Sarah Gavron, U.K., 2015)
  • SPOTLIGHT (d. Tom McCarthy, U.S., 2015)
  • RAMS (d. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015)
  • MOM AND ME (d. Ken Wardrop, Ireland, 2015)
  • VIVA (d. Paddy Breathnach, Ireland, 2015)
  • TAJ MAJAL (d. Nicolas Saada, France-India, 2015)
  • SITI (d. Eddie Cahyono, Indonesia, 2015)
  • HEART OF THE DOG (d. Laurie Anderson, U.S. 2015)
  • 45 YEARS (d. Andrew Haigh, England, 2015)
  • SON OF SAUL (d. Lázló Nemes, Hungary, 2015)
  • ONLY THE DEAD (d. Michael Ware, Bill Guttentag, U.S.- Australia, 2015)
  • TAXI (d. Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015)
  • HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (d. Kent Jones, U.S., 2015)
  • TIME TO CHOOSE (d. Charles Ferguson, U.S., 2015)
  • MARGUERITE (d. Xavier Giannoli, France, 2015)
  • TIKKUN (d. Avishai Sivan, Israel, 2015)
  • WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM (d. Evgeny Afineevsky, Russia-Ukraine, 2015)

  • Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced here on our website over the course of the four-day weekend.

    The 2015 Silver Medallion Awards, given to recognize an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema, go to filmmaker Danny Boyle (TRAINSPOTTING, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) who will present his latest film, STEVE JOBS; documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis (THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES) who will present his latest work, BITTER LAKE; and actress Rooney Mara (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) who will present CAROL. Films will be shown following the on-stage interview and medallion presentation.

    “We are thrilled to present such an exhilarating, diverse program for the 42nd Telluride Film Festival,” said executive director Julie Huntsinger. “This year was an abundance of riches, particularly within the documentary category, and we feel privileged to celebrate these films and their artists with our audience in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.”

    Guest Director Rachel Kushner, who serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s program, presents the following revival programs:

  • THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE (d. Jean Eustache, France, 1973)
  • MES PETITES AMOUREUSES (d. Jean Eustache, France, 1974)
  • WAKE IN FRIGHT (d. Ted Kotcheff, Australia, 1971)
  • COCKSUCKER BLUES (d. Robert Frank, U.S., 1979)
  • A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (d. Jean Renoir, France, 1936) + UNCLE YANCO (d. Agnès Varda, France, 1967)
  • THE MATTEI AFFAIR (d. Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1972)

  • Additional film revival programs include DIE NIBELUNGEN (d. Fritz Lang, Germany, 1924) presented by Pordenone Silent Film Festival; L’INHUMAINE (d. Marcel L’Herbier, France, 1924) with the Alloy Orchestra; RETOUR DE FLAMME, a collection of short films curated by Serge Bromberg; and RESTORING NAPOLEON with Georges Mourier who is currently overseeing the six-and-half-hour restoration of the film for Cinémathèque Francaise.

    Backlot, Telluride’s intimate screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers, will screen the following nine programs:

  • CINEMA: A PUBLIC AFFAIR (d. Tatiana Brandrup, Germany, 2015)
  • THE CENTURY OF THE SELF (d. Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002)
  • INGRID BERGMAN – IN HER OWN WORDS (d. Stig Björkman, Sweden, 2015)
  • IN THE SHADOW OF THE GREAT OAKS (d. George Mourier, France, 2005)
  • PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT (d. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, U.S., 2015)
  • SEMBENE! (d. Samba Gadjigo, Jason Silverman, U.S.-Senegal, 2015)
  • DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD (d. Tim Sternberg, Francisco Bello, U.S., 2015) + TYRUS (Pamela Tom, U.S., 2015)

  • Telluride Film Festival annually celebrates a hero of cinema that preserves, honors and presents great movies. The 2015 Special Medallion award goes to Participant Media. Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann will be presented the award prior to a screening of HE NAMED ME MALALA. Other Participant Media films in the festival include SPOTLIGHT and BEASTS OF NO NATION.

    Telluride Film Festival’s SHOWcase for Shorts features eight short films chosen to precede select feature films; Filmmakers of Tomorrow includes three programs: Student Prints, Great Expectations, and Calling Cards from nineteen emerging filmmakers.

    Telluride Film Festival’s Student Programs present students the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldview through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. The Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate college students with a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project brings 15 high school students and five teachers from three schools the opportunity to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. FilmLAB offers a master-class program for UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduate filmmaking students. The Roger Ebert/TFF University Seminars give university professors and students the opportunity to travel to the Festival each year to participate in special programming and to attend screenings throughout the weekend. The newly implemented FilmSCHOLAR program gives young film scholars and aspiring critics the opportunity to immerse themselves in a weekend of cinema and learn from some of the best in the field. Created in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin.

    Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Six Conversations take place between Festival guests and the audience about cinema and culture, and three outdoor Noon Seminars feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public.

    Additional Festivities will take place throughout the Festival including Book Signings with Emma Donaghue (Room), and Guest Director Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers); and a special outdoor screening of SHERPA (d. Jennifer Peedom, Australia, 2015) will play on Friday evening.

    Corporate support at Telluride Film Festival plays an essential role in the life of the Festival and underscores the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure and distinction in the art of cinema. TFF is privileged to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned consumer and entertainment brands. This year we are thrilled to welcome new Premier Sponsor The Guardian, a global force in quality, independent media coverage, who will sponsor the Festival's Noon Seminars, featuring filmmakers and actors in discussion about their projects, and the Festival’s closing celebration, the Labor Day Picnic. Julie Huntsinger said: “The festival could not be more proud to partner with the Guardian, an international voice, that shares the same values that our organization works hard to preserve." We also welcome the sleek, fast, all-electric Tesla Model S to town. A fleet will be on display and available to test drive during the festival.

    We are extremely proud of our committed relationships, each of which are aligned with a unique feature of the festival and contribute to enhancing the festival experience, including Signature Sponsors: Turner Classic Movies, EY, Meyer Sound, National Endowment for the Arts, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association; Major Sponsors: Universal Studios, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Américas Film Conservancy; and Festival Sponsors The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Vimeo, The London West Hollywood, Dolby, Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media, Teatulia Organic Teas, Shopkeep POS, Telluride Alpine Lodging, New Sheridan Hotel, Dell and Boston Light and Sound, among others. We welcome new media partners Entertainment Weekly and Travel+Leisure. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will also feature highlights from the Telluride Collection at The Academy Archive.

    The 42nd Telluride Film Festival’s program may be downloaded here.

    TFF 42 Poster Artist 2015 Laurent Durieux

    42nd Telluride Film Festival presented by National Film Preserve LTD., proudly announces illustrator Laurent Durieux as its 2015 poster artist. Telluride Film Festival’s prestigious annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics takes place every Labor Day weekend in the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado. The 42nd edition of TFF will run September 4 – 7, 2015.

    Laurent Durieux was born in 1970 in Waterloo, 20 km from Brussels in Belgium. Laurent has been an illustrator and a graphic designer for over 20 years, and when he isn't teaching graphic design, he spends his time creating posters for movies, old and recent. In 2010, he directed his first short animated movie titled HELLVILLE for Canal+ France produced by renowned French director Jean-Jacques Beineix (BETTY BLUE, DIVA, IP5). Laurent has since taken part in many shows in Belgium, France and in the USA. Laurent's posters can be found in several prestigious cinema related institutions such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood and the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France, as well as many worldwide private collections. After his first retrospective exhibition in France last year, Laurent has been invited to present his work in an individual exhibition, which will be held at the Cultural Centre De Warande in Turnhout, Belgium this June 2015.

    “It’s a great honor for me to have been asked to design this year's poster for the Telluride Film Festival,” said Laurent Durieux. “To be associated with so many great names of graphic design and fine arts is, on its own, something I will cherish for a very long time. I am a big cinema enthusiast too and as such, it certainly was a thrill to work on a poster for a film festival of this calibre. My image for the poster is a tribute to the work of the great Edward Hopper whose work, like mine, is very cinematic. I came up with what I hope to be my own take of his painting, New York Movie (1939), by giving it a surreal twist and a dash of modernity. The way Hopper used shadows and lights has had a big influence on my work in general and he certainly has on this poster. I love nature too and so, naturally, I look forward to attending the festival and discover all the wonderful things this place has to offer!

    “We first noticed Laurent’s work when he created the art for Criterion Collection,” commented Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “DVD jacket and one-sheet design is an art-form unto itself; capturing the mood of the film with one image. Laurent has done the same with this year’s poster. He’s managed to conjure the feeling and atmosphere of Telluride Film Festival with one breathtaking shot. It’s simply stunning.”

    Laurent Durieux joins a prestigious list of artists who have shared their talents with Telluride Film Festival. Past poster artists include Christian Marclay, Dean Tavoularis, Ed Ruscha, John Mansfield, Julian Schnabel, Dottie Attie, Doug and Mike Starn, David Lance Goines, Chuck Jones, David Salle, Alexis Smith, Jim Dine, Seymour Chwast, Frederic Amat, Francesco Clemente, Dave McKean, Gary Larson, Chip Kidd, John Canemaker, Mark Stock, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Ralph Eggleston, Maira Kalman and Dave Eggers.

    42nd Telluride Film Festival posters will be available for purchase throughout the four-day Festival and are also available now via our online store here.

    TFF 42 Guest Director Rachel Kushner

    We are proud to announce our 2015 Guest Director Rachel Kushner. The award-winning author is set to select a series of films to present at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015.

    Festival organizers annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride. In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Kushner’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup will be kept secret until Opening Day.

    Also, in a rare co-presentation between Telluride Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner is set to present the 1970 film WANDA on Saturday, April 25 at the historic Castro Theatre. Kushner will be in appearance at the 58th SFIFF to introduce this remarkable film by writer-director Barbara Loden. WANDA screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as Guest Director Don DeLillo’s selection. For SFIFF screening information, and other Festival co-presentation details, please visit

    "Rachel was a natural choice as the 42nd TFF Guest Director,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “Our audience will be as grateful as Tom and I have been to listen to her thoughts and insight and see the outstanding film choices she has made. We actually owe a huge debt of thanks to our past Guest Director Michael Ondaatje for urging us to work with her."

    Rachel Kushner is the author of The Flamethrowers, which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize, and on almost every Best Book list, including the New York Times Top Five Novels of 2013. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Artforum and Bookforum. A slim volume of her early work, The Strange Case of Rachel K, was published in the spring of 2015. She lives in Los Angeles.

    "Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I’ve long known of it as a unique entity that makes a place for writers--one more aspect of this exceptional film festival in the Colorado 'Alps,'” said Kushner. “It still feels a bit dreamlike to me that I have been given this privilege to be a guest director — to indulge my love of cinema, to share with the world films I’ve long loved, and to work with the great Tom Luddy and the great Julie Huntsinger and their extended family of kindred souls.”

    Past Guest Directors include Guy Maddin, Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Zizek.