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Telluride Film Festival is a Telluride, Colorado, Labor Day weekend film festival in the United States in September every year.
The project was started in 1974 by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy, and James Card and Telluride Council of Arts and letters. It is operated by the National Preserve film.
Pennies retired in 2007. Julie Huntsinger and Gary Meyer were hired to run the festival with Tom Luddy. Huntsinger is the Executive Director.
In 2013, the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new place, the Teatro Werner Herzog and one additional day.
The festival should not be confused with Mountainfilm in Telluride, another film festival held annually in Telluride Memorial Day weekend.
Telluride Film Festival Programm
The bulk of the programme consists of new movies, and it is an informal tradition that new films should be presented for the first time in North America to be eligible for the festival. Telluride is conveniently located in the international calendar of the festival the film for this: shortly after the Cannes Film Festival, but just before the international film Festival and the Toronto, New York film Festival. This emphasis on first made Telluride be associated with the discovery of a number of new films and filmmakers. This is particularly true of Michael Moore (whose first film Roger and me, he showed for the first time in 1989) and Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi including the first film won its first festival screening it in 1992). The festival also had the American premiere of movies like 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) and Le Secret de Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005).
Since 1995, a special medallion is also awarded annually, usually in a non-cineaste which had a great impact on American and international film culture. Among above include them Milos Stehlik (founder of facets Multi-Media), HBO, the magazine positive french cinema, Ted Turner, and Janus Films.