The official website of the Telluride Film Festival claims there is no better way to attend the event than as a passholder. Further, it states there is "no hassle" with a pass. True. Sorta kinda.
Especially for big buzz movies in the smaller venues (the Sheridan Opera House, the Masons and The Nugget) first-come, first-served means if you are a plain vanilla passholder, your lanyard may not get in unless you arrive super early, as much as 1 1/2 – 2 hours in advance of the scheduled screening. Even then, remember you are behind sponsors, patrons, students, and Hollywood entourages, who can show up when they wish and jump the queue. When that happens, your treasured numbered Q becomes just another piece of paper to recycle.
And remember the free films at the Open Air Cinema. There are more of them than ever this year. Most of the films in Elks Park are the same as the ones lighting up the indoor screens. Hobnobbing with the masses is fun, you still get the buzz, and it's a great way to scratch one more title off your list while chowing down on some of the great food served at the vending carts in the area.
For ongoing coverage of 2010 Telluride Film Festival, see Catalog of 2010 Stories.