Telluride Film Festival’s Short Films Program includes SHOWcase for Shorts, which offers nine short films chosen to precede select feature films; Filmmakers of Tomorrow includes four short programs: Student Prints, Great Expectations, Calling Cards and Annecy Animation from twenty-nine emerging filmmakers.

Telluride Film Festival’s Education Programs present students the opportunity to experience film as an art and expand participants’ worldview through film screenings and filmmaker discussions. Celebrating its 24th year, the Student Symposium provides 50 graduate and undergraduate college students a weekend-long immersion in cinema. The City Lights Project, now in its 13th year, brings fifteen high school students and five teachers from three divergent schools the opportunity to participate in a concentrated program of screenings and discussions. In 2011, TFF and UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA/TFT) launched FilmLAB, an extraordinary new program giving ten outstanding graduate film students from UCLA/TFT the opportunity to attend the festival and learn from the greatest filmmakers in the world in a workshop/lab setting: and, For The Love Of Movies, a Los Angeles High School Screening Program focusing on the most creatively promising and under-served young talent featuring the “Best” of Telluride Film Festival, managed by UCLA-TFT graduate students and with the participation of selected filmmakers and TFT faculty.

Telluride Film Festival’s Talking Heads programs allow attendees to go behind the scenes with the Festival’s special guests. Six Conversations between Festival guests and the audience about cinema and culture, and three outdoor Noon Seminars feature a panel of Festival guests discussing a wide range of film topics. These programs are free and open to the public.

 Book Signings will take place at the Festival hospitality center, Brigadoon, with TFF Poster Artist DAVE EGGERS, who will sign his latest novel A Hologram for the King, his nonfiction Zeitoun and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; JACK GARFEIN will sign his book Life and Acting; SALMAN RUSHDIE will sign his classic Midnight’s Children; ERROL MORRIS will sign Seeing is Believing; and Guest Director GEOFF DYER will sign his award-winning books: the novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; Zona; Out of Sheer Rage; and his essays Otherwise Known as the Human Condition.

Corporate support at Telluride Film Festival plays an essential role in the life of the Festival and underscores the Festival’s commitment to quality, adventure and distinction in the art of cinema. TFF is privileged to continue collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned brands, including Festival Land Rover, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Stella Artois which are each aligned with a unique feature of the festival, and excited to welcome new partners this year including Aesop, Americas Film Conservancy,, The London Hotels, Loyola Marymount University, Teatulia and The Hollywood Reporter. Equally, Telluride Film Festival has a long relationship with Hollywood and is extremely proud of its committed and longstanding industry supporters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cinedigm, Dolby, Meyer Sound, Turner Classic Movies, Universal Studios and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

The 39th Telluride Film Festival’s program will be posted in its entirety on Friday, August 31, 2012.