Come with a group
All the film venues are within walking distance of each other and there’s so much diversity of choices that it makes this a perfect family reunion event or gathering of friends. You can be independent during the day watching the films that interest you and then enjoy dinner with your tribe and talk about your faves of the day.
Be flexible with your schedule
Each morning, the great Telluride Film Festival app announces a few last minute TBA’s of films that will be showing that day and, of course, these buzz-worthy new additions will screw up your Rubik’s cube of a schedule. Listen to the buzz of what’s good and go with the flow.
Be ready to stand in a queue
Even if you bought a festival pass, you have to go early to the theater to get a number that allows you in (unless you bought a Patron Pass). You’ll meet others in line and find out other films to see, you’ll chat with your friends, or—as is true of many in this sophisticated crowd—you’ll read today’s New York Times on your iPhone.
With changeable weather, bring layers and maybe a poncho
In the course of one day, you may see people with umbrellas to shield them from hail or intense sun. The weather changes quickly here and not all queue lines are under cover so plan accordingly.
This is the place where many well-meaning Telluride travelers decide it’s just too complicated. Trust us, with a little preparation, it’s absolutely worth it. Nestled in the high country of the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado, it is a six-hour drive from Denver. You could drive from Grand Junction or Durango, but those airport satellites are still a couple of hours away. If you’re flying in, fly from Denver to Montrose, a little over an hour from Telluride, with plentiful bus shuttles running during the festival. For those with a little more pocket change, there are charter flights into the stunning Telluride airport perched on a cliff. As for accommodations, there are four lodging partners on the film festival’s website but many people choose to rent a whole home or a room in a house through Airbnb.