There are more than 2,000 film festivals around the globe, 250 in this country alone. For my money, only in Telluride can cinema reach the stars. This festival, which for 41 years has attracted hard-core movie fans, opinionated cinephiles, film studio executives, and commanding critics, has the power to make or break a movie.
Before the event unfolds nobody knows what's playing, or who's being honored at Telluride. It's a secret to members of the press, also. This keeps things surprising for everybody.
We love to have members of the press attend. We just don't provide free passes. This keeps things fair all around. Regardless of this idiosyncrasy, members of the press return year after year amid sell-out crowds. You'll screen breakthrough works and rediscovered classics, enjoy tributes, and encounter one-of-a-kind discussions with filmmakers who are at ease in the low-key atmosphere of our little mountain festival. Perhaps it's this very feeling of being so far removed from film industry pressures that inspires many of our attending talents to make themselves unusually accessible to others. With all attendees mixed together, you may just find yourself in an impromptu interview with the likes of Jane Campion, Ken Burns, Guillermo del Toro, Pedro Almodóvar, or Meryl Streep.
To assist working press, the festival does maintain a Press Office before and during the event. Accredited members of the press who need information about individual films, filmmakers, or general festival info will be given ample support by our helpful staff. Please note that some restrictions may apply to the media, particularly regarding photography inside our theaters.
If I can choose a heaven to go to when I die, I hope I get to go to the Telluride Film Festival.
For some, the festival begins a yearly rite of passage: from the popcorn of summer to the golden ambitions of award season; from the business of moneymaking to the artistry of moviemaking; from 'flicks' to 'film'.