Festival Jobs

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About the Fest:

True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land - bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 45,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.

We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the True/False Core Staff, a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.

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Updated 5/19/15:  

Position Opening - Film Programmer, True/False Film Fest


The Film Programmer will work closely with the three other staff programmers as well as the Programming Manager, Programming Assistant, and other core team members. Their primary responsibility is an essential contribution to the curation of festival films that align with the True/False programming values, aesthetic, and festival mission. Reports to: Fest Co-Conspirators and the Programming Manager

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Watch high-ranked submissions and weigh in with clear written reviews
  • Coordinate the festival shorts programs
  • Facilitate post-screening discussions with the general public and with our screening committee
  • Correspond with attending filmmakers
  • Write and edit film-related program content
  • Organize panel conversations at the festival
  • Write filmmaker notification letters

Qualifications and Skills

  • Three years of nonfiction film curating is preferred
  • A developed aesthetic in nonfiction filmmaking and an ability to articulate it
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including excellent writing
  • High attention to detail and persistent follow-through
  • Ability to work with a variety of team members
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with databases
  • Confident, passionate, and articulate
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the wider world of documentary filmmaking


Compensation is based on experience and time commitment; and offered on an independent contractor basis. The ideal candidate would be available for six months per year, with an on-the-ground commitment in Columbia, Missouri from mid-autumn to March 15.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our new programmer, along with your resume and three references. Additionally, we require three writing samples: a 125-150 word program blurb, designed to sell a film to an audience, a 200-300 word positive review of any nonfiction film, and a 200-300 word negative review of any nonfiction film. Send all materials to Arin Liberman, Programming Manager: arin@truefalse.org

Applications will be accepted until July 1, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.


Position opening - Sponsorship Director, True/False Film Fest


Are you ready to sell something you care about? The Fest is looking for a motivated salesperson with both a love for the fest’s cultural mission and a passion for energetic, personable sales to direct the growth of the festival’s regional and national sponsorship mix. This creative self-starter is primarily responsible for securing new and returning cash and in-kind sponsorship from a growing base of supporters.

We have an exciting event to offer potential partners, and we’re looking for a bright, talented salesperson to create mutually beneficial partnerships with our growing list of individual and corporate supporters. True/False is positioned to grow significantly over the next several years, and we are looking for the right person to grow with us.

Whether you’re a veteran of professional sales who’s tired of the hours, pressure and impersonal grind of corporate life, or you’re a mid-career salesperson with some experience under your belt but looking for something more fulfilling, this is the opportunity to sell something that’s meaningful to a host of people, direct your own work path, and work alongside a group of smart, energetic people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Strong, authentic sales ability
  • Professional sales experience with proof of results
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance the needs of the festival and the requests of sponsors
  • High attention to detail and flawless follow-through of contract implementation
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial culture
  • Ability to work with a variety of team members in various festival departments
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with customer/sponsor databases
  • Confident, passionate and articulate
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • Three years of professional sales experience is preferred, but not required

Duties include:

  • Secure annual and multi-year cash and in-kind sponsorships
  • Craft creative sponsorship packages that meet the unique needs of potential sponsors and that fit within the festival framework
  • Develop relationships formed by festival directors to develop a targeted list of potential supporters
  • Work with the festival directors to identify new and exciting ways for sponsors to engage in the festival
  • Ensure proper fulfillment of all sponsor benefits across the festival
  • Lead an annual update of sales materials
  • Oversee Sponsorship Associate, who will primarily be responsible for local in-kind and smaller cash sponsorships
  • Work with outside consultants to develop national corporate sponsorships
  • Provide top-notch customer service to all sponsor representatives during the week of the festival and throughout the year
  • Work with other national film festivals to cultivate a multi-festival sponsorship opportunity for national corporations


Compensation is comprised of a base stipend plus commission and will be commensurate with experience. The year-round time commitment (which will vary depending on the season) averages out to approximately 10 months of full-time work, with the opportunity to set your own schedule for much of the year and take breaks during the summer and holidays. Must reside in Columbia a minimum of eight months each year.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our new sponsorship ace, two ideas for sponsorship opportunities at the festival that you think a national sponsor would find appealing, a resume with three references, and details of professional sales experience, including products/companies that you have sold and annual sales figures. Send all materials to Jeremy Brown, Managing Director, jeremy@truefalse.org.

Applications will be accepted until May 31, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.