May 21, 2024

First Annual Telluride Free Flight Film Festival – May 31, 2024

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For over 50 years, the Telluride Air Force has been a distinct feature of the Telluride community, delighting locals and tourists alike as they hang glide and paraglide in the skies above town. Until recently, the club was a member-sustained nonprofit, but recent insurance hikes have made the financial future of the club tenuous without outside support.

To help build this support, the Telluride Air Force and the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association present The First Annual Telluride Free Flight Film Festival and Fundraiser.

The event will feature films showcasing hang gliding, paragliding, speed-riding, and hike-and-fly adventures in the San Juan Mountains and beyond. In addition to awesome content from local pilots, former X-Alps competitor and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Nominee Gavin McClurg will be on hand to introduce films showcasing his adventures in the Rockies, the Alaska Range, and the Alps.

Our Goals for the Film Festival and Fundraiser:

  1. Raise money for the non-profit to ensure its continued viability;
  2. Raise awareness of the sport, especially amongst locals, to encourage more people to learn to fly and eventually join the club;
  3. Thank the local businesses and decision-makers who have continued to make free flight possible in the Telluride area for over 50 years, providing access to the Town Park landing zone, the Pearl Property and Valley Floor landing zones, and the Telluride Ski Resort launches.

We are building on the foundation of the 2018 United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association (USHPA) Film Festival and hope to lay the groundwork for an annual tradition that supports the club well into the future.

Location: The Sheridan Opera House (SOH) and the SHOW Bar.

Date/Time: Friday, May 31. This is just after the Gondola re-opens and our flying season begins.

6-7PM: Silent Auction and Equipment Display at the SHOW Bar

7-9PM: Raffle, Panel Discussions, and films at the SOH.

Our Asks:

  1. Come to the film festival! Tickets are $25+$5 service fee and can be purchased here.
  2. Donate items for the Silent Auction and Raffle. Please email info@tellurideairforce.org with any item donations or ideas.
  3. If you can’t make it (or perhaps even if you can) please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Telluride Air Force to show your support using the links below, or mail checks to Telluride Air Force Inc., P.O. Box 3781, Telluride, CO 81435.

ALL SPONSORS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE FILM FESTIVAL AND ON THE TELLURIDE AIR FORCE WEBSITE.

The Telluride Air Force is a Colorado non-profit corporation and a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN: 84-0826483, with contributions deductible as a public charity.