Telluride Film Festival 2021 Announces Barry Jenkins as Guest Director


Barry Jenkins, has been tapped to select films for the expanded 2021 edition of the prestigious film festival, returning to the fest that first screened Moonlight.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Director Barry Jenkins attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

The 48th annual Telluride Film Festival will take place Sept. 2-6, 2021. Telluride is best known within the industry for its role in launching successful Oscar campaign’s of many nominated films including, Moonlight, SpotlightBirdman and 12 Years a Slave, to name a few Best Picture winners. The festival’s guest director program is typically devoted to rediscovering older films. Previous guest directors have included Salman Rushdie, Stephen Sondheim and Laurie Anderson. Barry Jenkins, was still making his selections during mid-June, in the midst of promoting his Amazon Studios limited series Underground Railroad. Barry promises his selection will focus on including filmmakers of color.

If you haven’t seen Barry Jenkins’ Underground Railroad limited series, we have the trailer for you below.

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