Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival was started in 1974 by Bill Pence and Tom Luddy in the town of Telluride, Colorado. It is operated by the National Film Preserve, LTD a non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is held annually over Labor Day weekend each year.
The program is a mix of forgotten gems and films making their North American, and in some cases World, premiers. Each year, tributes are paid to directors and actors who have fundamentally changed the world of film.
There are no prizes or awards given, unlike other film festivals. Being included in the program is an honor only 30 or so films get to earn each year. The primary focus is on independent film. In addition to features, a number of student films are also selected from myriad submissions each year. The program is created by co-directors Bill Pence, Tom Luddy and a third, carefully chosen "guest director" each year. Past guest directors include Errol Morris, Peter Bogdanovich, Bertrand Tavernier, Salman Rushdie, Stephen Sondheim and Buck Henry among others.