Our Mission

Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah uses the power of film to educate and inspire audiences to create a better world. We work in partnership with Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado.

History of Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah

In 2009, Zelda Tenebaum brought Mountainfilm to Savannah. She had attended the Telluride, Colorado, festival for years and wanted to share this special event with the Savannah community. The Jepson Center for the Arts hosted our first festival and in 2010, Mountainfilm on Tour in Savannah found its current home at the beautiful Trustees Theater in downtown Savannah.

Festival Growth


Zelda talks about Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah

Mountainfilm Festival History

Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah is a partner of Mountainfilm, one of the country’s longest running film festivals (mountainfilm.org). Mountainfilm started in 1979 in Telluride, Colo., as a small film festival dedicated to adventure-seeking and cultural exploration. It has grown into a worldwide documentary festival that includes films about conservation, social justice and environmental awareness. Through the years, in and out of trends and fads, Mountainfilm has always best been described by one word: inspiring.

In addition to its annual Memorial Day Film Festival in Telluride, Mountainfilm goes ‘on tour’ and reaches over 70,000 people in over 160 locations worldwide. Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah is widely acknowledged as the leading tour city of educational outreach in the United States; we are second only to Singapore in the number of students we reach.