I’ve noted before that while the Telluride Film Festival (9.2 thru 9.5) is billed as a four-day festival, it’s really a three-day thing. They always wait until 3 pm or thereabouts on Friday afternoon (i.e., after the picnic) to kick things off, and they know that many people are gone by Monday lunch or early afternoon, so it’s (a) a half-day on Friday, (b) two full days over the weekend, and (c) a half day on Monday. If you have to file and pack on Monday morning it’s more like a 2 and 1/2 day festival.

If the Telluride fathers wanted to make it more time-efficient, they would start with a screening or two on Thursday night (when most people arrive) and then jump right into the first showings on Friday morning.

Approximately 20 films will play within this three-day time frame, which means even if you can hit four per day (if you hit five you’ll have no time to file) you’ll only catch about twelve. HE Priorities: Arrival (d: Denis Villeneuve), La La Land (d: Damian Chazelle), Neruda (d: Pablo Larrain), Bleed for This (d: Ben Younger), Moonlight (d: Barry Jenkins), Manchester by the Sea (d: Kenneth Lonergan), Una (d: Benedict Andrews), Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (d: Joseph Cedar), The B-Side (d: Errol Morris), Into the Inferno (d: Werner Herzog), Frantz (d: Francois Ozon) and Fire at Sea (d: Gianfranco Rosi).

Plus there’s a slot for a major American film showing that isn’t on anyone’s list right now, or at least none that I know of. But it’ll be there.

On top of which are the usual parties and dinners. Like the annual Sony Pictures Classics dinner at La Marmotte, which will probably be celebrating the makers of Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, Tony Erdmann and The Red Turtle.