Mountainfilm on Tour Returns – Virtually – to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts March 18-28

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(Saugatuck, MI) – Dive (or jump, run, climb, or swim) into our 3rd annual Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck Film Festival throughout the month of March. Mountainfilm celebrates adventure and the indomitable human spirit – we’re bringing that to you through a powerful digital festival experience plus exciting new outdoor activities for all ages. Tickets for our 2021 Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck Film Festival plus festival events go on sale January 15 at

Mountainfilm on Tour brings a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Mountainfilm on Tour has moved to offer many of its events online and accessible from the comfort of your home. In lieu of a traditional gathering, Saugatuck will be hosting a slew of events, including virtual screenings with films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world.

Below is the full list of screenings and other activities included in what is sure to be an exciting kickoff to spring:

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Children’s Film Festival
March 18-23

For the first time in 19 years, Mountainfilm Children’s Film Festival will be available to schools both in classrooms or virtually on-line. Through our partnership with Mountainfilm, we offer teachers age-appropriate films that share inspiring stories from around the globe. Plus, we provide a post-film curriculum so the learning continues long after the films are over. Educators interested in participating in the Children’s Film Festival can fill out this registration form and will be contacted with further information.

We are thrilled to bring you two weekends of powerful Mountainfilm playlists to screen in your home or at a watch party with friends. We’ve compiled unforgettable lineups featuring “hard-chargers” who didn’t give up, back down, or let their challenges define them. Adventure: Stories of Impact is full of high energy, heart-pumping action. The Medley: Environmentally Inspired celebrates wild places, spaces, people, and animals that inhabit our big green world. You can choose one or both weekends of film and experience the thrill of Mountainfilm on Tour!

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Adventure: Stories of Impact

Opens: Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m.
Closes: Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m.

Household Adventure Ticket: $35

The heart of Mountainfilm beats for adventure and celebrates the indomitable human spirit. Scope it, shred it, send it and tell it — these films tell the story of hard-chargers. This collection of short films tells stories of those who did not give up, back down or let their challenges define them.

*Please note if you plan to purchase both playlists (Adventure and The Medley), Mountainfilm’s ticketing system only allows one purchase at a time. After purchasing one playlist, you must go back and purchase the second.
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The Medley: Environmentally Inspired

Opens: Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m.
Closes: Sunday, March 28 at 1 p.m.

Household The Medley Ticket: $35

We have a passion for the planet – celebrating the wild places, spaces, people and animals that inhabit this big green world. Mountainfilm stories span the gamut from adventure to activism, to passion and the pursuit of a dream. This diverse collection of films shares a variety of voices that illuminate an indomitable spirit.

*Please note if you plan to purchase both playlists (Adventure and The Medley), Mountainfilm’s ticketing system only allows one purchase at a time. After purchasing one playlist, you must go back and purchase the second.
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Film For Families Program
Curated Film Box from SCA & ODC

Opens: March 18
Closes: March 28
Ticket: $40
Pickup Date(s): March 15-18

Give the gift of imagination and get ready for family film fun in the comfort of your home! This special opportunity is a joint partnership between the Outdoor Discovery Center and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

The Film for Families Program includes a selection of family-friendly Mountainfilm on Tour shorts (sent via email) AND a box of thoughtfully-selected books, a hands-on project including all materials + kid-friendly instructions, as well as an invitation to our community scavenger hunt. Each Family Film Box includes supplies for (2) children. Family Film Boxes will be available for pickup from the Saugatuck Center for the Arts between March 15-18 during regular business hours. Want to download the scavenger hunt prior to the box pickup date? Access it here.

*Please note if you plan to purchase both playlists (Adventure and The Medley), Mountainfilm’s ticketing system only allows one purchase at a time. After purchasing one playlist, you must go back and purchase the second.

Community Scavenger Hunt

Opens: March 1
Closes: March 28

Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck Film Festival always features more than film, and this year is no different! Join us for our first (annual?) community-wide scavenger hunt and get inspired by our fabulous West Michigan environment. Our colorful, creative community is full of interesting, thought-provoking experiences that are just waiting to be discovered. We’ve put together an all-ages scavenger hunt that helps you explore our little corner of the globe and, thanks to community partners, there are super cool prizes for the winners!

Use this checklist to track your scavenger hunt progress! This hunt can be completed by individuals, families, or small teams who practice social distancing. To ensure the future enjoyment of these special places, please remember to leave a minimal carbon footprint when you visit.

Once you’ve completed the checklist (taking a photo at each stop), upload your submission photos to this form by Sunday, March 28. Please note: the upload form requires .jpg files. Costumes, creativity, and social media tags are welcome and encouraged!

The random drawing will occur on April 1 and we will award (3) winners which will be notified by email and announced on Facebook and Instagram. The winner will receive an SCA Art Pass valued at $50 which can be used for upcoming children’s summer camps, films, outdoor theatre or concerts, as well as an assortment of goodies and gift cards from our Film Festival sponsors including Modales Wines, Saugatuck Brewing Company, Outdoor Discovery Center, Uncommon Coffee Roasters and Farmhouse Deli.

Held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases captivating nonfiction stories on topics ranging from action sports and adventure epics to environmental causes and cultural subjects of importance. Along with exceptional documentaries, the festival goes beyond the film medium by gathering world-class athletes, change-makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. Mountainfilm, which incorporates interactive discussions, free community events, a gallery walk, and outdoor programming, aims to inspire audiences to create a better world. To learn more about the festival, visit The SCA is proud to host the only Mountainfilm on Tour festival in Michigan.

The Mountainfilm On Tour – Saugatuck Film Festival is made possible by generous donations from the local community, one focused on its unique artistic heritage. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts would like to thank

Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck Gold Sponsors



Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck Silver Sponsors


Mountainfilm on Tour – Saugatuck In-Kind Sponsors