Festival Jobs

Want to work for the Fest? The True/False Film Fest is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

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.

Get a sense of the Fest by watching our daily recap videos and, of course, scouring the rest of the website.

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Updated 8/29/16

Sustainability Coordinator

Overview: The Sustainability Coordinator is passionate about reusing, reducing, and recycling, has experience coordinating green initiatives, and is excited to be pro-active in making T/F greener! This outgoing, organized human can think on their feet, is able to work independently AND as a team member, doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.

Duties:

-Work with Events, Theater Operations, and Production staff and volunteers to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact

-Create and implement a marketing campaign to educate the public, especially fest-goers, about this fledgling program and about Fest sustainability

-Work with City and MU sustainability staff and offices to evaluate, measure, and increase the Fest’s sustainability

-Continue to grow the T/F recycling program, increasing capacity and streamlining the process, as well as creating simple yet informative marketing tools for festgoers, volunteers, and staff

-Recruit, train, and manage volunteers for the Sustainability Team

-Manage and oversee the Sustainability Intern

-Additional duties as needed

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The festival time commitment consists of approximately 150-200 hours Nov 1 through March 15.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our sustainability coordinator, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Camellia Cosgray, Operations Director: camellia@truefalse.org. 

Application Deadline: September 29, 2016. 

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Marketing Coordinator

Overview: Do you love True/False and want more people to know about it? So do we. That’s why we’ve created this new position, and are looking for someone who has some great ideas about how to most effectively wrangle traditional and social media channels to spread the T/F gospel far and wide.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • 1-2 years of marketing experience

  • Knowledge of traditional media placement

  • Savvy social media user

Duties:

  • Developing overall marketing and advertising strategy for True/False

  • Manage unique and traditional media placements including print, radio, tv, digital and event-based marketing

  • Develop and manage social media strategy and channels

  • Measure and report effectiveness of social media and other marketing-related campaigns. Establish annual benchmarks and drive growth in quantity and quality of impressions.

  • Manage the press coordinator and field press requests

  • Work with the Founders to attract and nurture key members of the press

  • Assist with planning, publicizing and executing customer relationship marketing events

  • Create media ad schedules and coordinate with other stakeholders to meet deadlines

  • Manage relationships with media partners

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The time commitment includes part time work between September and December (averaging out to 10-15 hours per week), and full time work from January through the week of the festival (March 2-5, 2017), with some post-fest wrap-up hours. Must reside in Columbia at minimum from January through mid-March, with meetings and training sessions prior.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our marketing coordinator and a resume with two references. Send materials to Jeremy Brown, Managing Director: jeremy@truefalse.org.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2016. 

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Education & Grants Assistant

Overview: Are you excited about True/False?  Do you have experiencing conveying enthusiasm on the page? If working with students, event organizing, and writing sentences (lots of them) is something you do or would like to do professionally, we want to talk.  True/False is seeking support for the festival’s educational programming and grant writing.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Previous experience with the True/False Film Fest

  • 1-4 years of nonprofit experience, including grant writing

  • A working knowledge of the grantmaking landscape

  • 1-4 years of event planning and/or program implementation

  • Ability to think critically and eagerness to learn

  • Creative thinking and problem solving

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Duties:

  • Developing grant reports based on festival materials

  • Researching funding opportunities

  • Revising, editing, and proofreading written materials

  • Supporting grant measurement and implementation

  • Assisting with educational events such as DIY Day, T/F Boot Camp, etc.

  • Integrating and coordinating with other areas of the festival

Compensation:

Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The time commitment includes part time work between mid-August and November, full time work from December through the Fest, and some wrap-up hours in March.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Education & Grants Assistant, a resume, two references, and a brief writing sample.  The writing sample need not be grant-related; it could be something written with previous employment or schoolwork; our goal is to get a sense of your voice on the page.

Send materials to Allison Coffelt, Education and Outreach director: allison@truefalse.org.

Application Deadline: August 12, 2016.

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Box Office Manager

Overview: Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you have customer service experience, either at a film festival or elsewhere? Do you have a keen eye for keeping track of details and like organizing large amounts of data? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be the perfect T/F Box Office Manager!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

-At least one year working for True/False or another festival

-Extremely detail oriented

-Strong customer service skills and disposition

-Comfort & agility in troubleshooting issues via phone, email, or in person

-Have point-of-sale experience

-Strong aptitude for web, database, and spreadsheet use

-Confidence and discretion in handling and counting cash

-Comfort with being on one’s feet for long hours during the festival

-Comfort with physical set up of a temporary location: lifting/carrying up to 30lbs

-Ability to direct others, lead a team of 20 - 30 volunteers

Duties:

-Fielding passholder correspondence via box office phone calls & email

-Tracking all festival passes and ticketing needs

-Tracking inventory and ordering box office materials, coordinating box office printing needs

-On call for live customer service during passholder ticket reservations

-Recruiting, scheduling, and training box office volunteers

-Overseeing physical box office location set-up

-Managing box office location during the festival

-Daily financial and attendance reporting during the festival

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The festival time commitment includes part time work between September and December (averaging out to approximately 10 hours per week), full time work in January and early February, an intense workload from Feb 15 through the week of the festival (March 2-5, 2017), and some post-fest wrap-up hours. Early PT work offers the the opportunity to set your own schedule, with plenty of room for breaks during holidays. Must reside in Columbia at minimum from January through mid-March, with some meetings and training sessions prior.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our box office manager, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Camellia Cosgray, Operations Director: camellia@truefalse.org. 

Application Deadline: September 15, 2016. 

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Please contact info@truefalse.org with any general questions.