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  • Locations: Telluride, CO, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.5
Area of Study: Film Studies Language of Instruction: English
Faculty-led: Yes
Program Description:
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Mountainfilm Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado | Faculty-led Program

The most recent Mountainfilm Film Festival faculty-led program took place in March 2019. The program was intending to run in 2020 and 2021, but was canceled due to COVID-19. This faculty-led program may be offered again in May/June 2023.

Study Film at the Mountainfilm Festival in beautiful and historic Telluride, Colorado. Winona State's Film Studies program and the Frozen River Film Festival are collaborating on this course featuring a one-week stay at Telluride. Students will volunteer at the Mountainfilm festival; attend screenings, events, and lectures; and learn first-hand from filmmakers about their work. You’ll stay on-site in Telluride in comfortable condominium lodging with your faculty and trip leader. Lodging is within walking distance of all of the festival programming. We’ll provide a breakfast and evening meal together each day. Telluride is a beautiful mountain resort town with a rich cultural history! It’s home to both Mountainfilm and the world-renowned Telluride Film Festival.  Mountainfilm in particular endorses a “close-to-zero-waste” policy and a focus on humanitarian, environmental, social, and cultural causes.  The festival programming is relatively self-contained, with venues all in walking distance—and a free shuttle and gondola!  

Students will earn 3 credits as part of this program and may register for either Film 240, Film Genres (GEP Goal 6a, Humanities, no prerequisites) or Film 450, Film Topics/Problems (Film Studies elective; prerequisite Film 140 or 240), with assignments varying accordingly but including some pre-travel reading responses, daily volunteering, program attendance, blogging/vlogging, and a final media project. 

The primary audience for this program are majors and minors in Film Studies and general education students seeking an engaging Humanities elective. This faculty-led program is limited to students with a cumulative WSU GPA of 2.5 or above, and priority will be given to declared majors and minors in Film Studies. 

Before the travel component to Telluride, you’ll complete some selected readings (via D2L) in documentary film form and festival history and theory. During the time in Telluride, you’ll be volunteering at and attending the festival events, participating in group meetings and activities, and blogging about your experience. After the trip, you’ll complete a final project based on your interests and expertise.

Students can expect to walk up to five miles per day from lodging to various venues and to perform light physical duty in the course of required volunteering activities. Students can expect that high altitude (8,750') and variable weather (including significant rain) may entail a period of accommodation and/or compromise their physical performance. Students will be advised to hydrate, avoid caffeine and alcohol, apply sunscreen, and bring protective headgear and clothing, including boots, a rain jacket, and umbrella.

Be sure to check out the following for more details and to review pictures, videos, and blog posts from the 2019 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival program.
6-10 days in May/June

Telluride, Colorado

  • Film Studies majors and minors
  • Open to all students seeking an engaging Humanities or upper-division elective
Students may register for ONE of the following:
  • FILM 240, Film Genres: Indies, Shorts, Docs, Etc. (3 credits)
    • Counts as GEP Goal 6A Humanities elective
    • Available to all WSU students
    • No prerequisites
  • FILM 450, Topics/Problems: The Film Festival (3 credits
    • Prerequisites: either FILM 140 or 240

  • The typical cost range for this program is between $2,700 - $3,700 depending on enrollment min/max.
  • The $500 deposit required as part of the program application is applied toward the final program cost. 
  • The program cost includes: WSU tuition/fees for 3 credits for either FILM 240 or FILM 450, roundtrip airfare, transportation throughout the duration of the program, most meals, all lodging, admission & event fees for group educational experiences, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee. 

  • Dr. J Paul Johnson ( - Professor of English and Film Studies

Kathy Jicinsky, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.