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.

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

Updated 11/13/15 - Now Hiring

Assistant Venue Captain

Do you have theater operations experience, either at True/False or elsewhere? Are you outgoing and friendly? Do you like imparting important information to large masses of people quickly and efficiently? Can you seat a crowd of hundreds lickety split and start the show on time? Can you orient volunteers on the fly, and orient them well? If you answered “yes” to most or all of those questions, you might be the perfect Assistant Venue Captain! This position requires the ability to successfully manage a team of volunteers and a willingness to work long hours over a four-day period.


*Work with your Venue Captain to ensure the safe and successful operation of a festival theater venue throughout the festival weekend, from Thursday through Sunday (March 3-6, 2016)

*Know your venue like the back of your hand: entrances/exits, restrooms, emergency procedures, etc

*Work with your Venue Captain to train your venue staff

*Help your Venue Captain oversee and manage Stage Managers, Queens, and general venue staff, making sure they have all pertinent information and are successfully carrying out their assignments

*Go-to person for volunteer venue staff once initial crew assignments have been made and VC is not available

*Have your venue's Venue Bible more or less memorized

*Attend all pre-festival Venue Captain trainings and the all-volunteer training (exceptions can be made if you don’t live in or near Columbia)

Time commitment & Compensation:  Approximately 40 hours over the course of the Fest weekend (may be more or less, depending on the venue) plus some advance training and communications. Ideal candidate is local to Columbia or within reasonable driving distance. This position receives a modest stipend following the Festival.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter outlining relevant production or stage management experience, as well as a brief summary of why they are interested in working for the True/False Film Fest. A resume is optional but not requested. Please send materials to Em Piro: em@truefalse.org

The application deadline is December 20.


Stage Managers

The Stage Manager is responsible for overseeing a tight on-stage flow within a single venue, transitioning between live musical acts, live presenters, and film screening. You work closely with musicians, ringleaders, filmmakers, and special guests, as well as the Venue Captain, Assistant Venue Captain (VC and AVC), Production Manager, Manager of Theatre Operations and Assistant Manager of Theatre Operations (MOTO and aMOTO). The Stage Manager ensures seamless transitions between band set-up and breakdown, the introduction of the film, the presentation of live short thought-pieces that take place before certain screenings, the film screening, and Q&A following performance. You hold the key to the rich integrity of the True/False audience experience: shows always start on time and there is no dead air.  Must hold to timelines better than a Swiss watch, be a detail fiend, and assertively direct a fantastically eccentric rotating cast of characters.


*Oversee the execution of all on-stage programming within a single True/False venue

*Work with AVC and/or VC to time on-stage activities with audience seating while maintaining a tight schedule

*Work with the Tech and Music Teams to coordinate technical needs of musicians and guest speakers

*Serve as the primary venue point of contact for musicians, ringleaders, filmmakers and special guests

*Coordinate technical needs of musicians with venue Audio Tech(s), check in and orient musicians for setup and breakdown

*Check in and orient ringleaders, filmmakers and special guests

*Oversee transitions between musicians, ringleaders, and special guests for introductions and Q&As following the film screening

*Work with Venue Staff to ensure venue components - sound, lighting, and projection - are set before each show and during transitions

*Ensure that all equipment and traffic is efficiently cleared between pre-show activities and film screening

*Serve as off-stage timekeeper for Q&A

*Work with Venue Staff to ensure clear and clean venues at set up, between screenings and at the end of each day

*Other logistical and operational tasks as assigned

Time Commitment & Compensation: approx. 75 hours between March 3-6, Stage Manager training on February 6, participation in post-Festival evaluations of procedures as required, and some additional advance communications. Ideal candidates are local to Columbia or within reasonable driving distance. This position receives a modest stipend following the Festival. 

Interested applicants will email a cover letter outlining any relevant production or stage management experience, as well as a brief summary of why they are interested in working for the True/False Film Festival. A resume is optional but not requested. Please send materials to Em Piro: em@truefalse.org

The application deadline is January 25.


Assistant Lighting Director

The Assistant Lighting Director revels in the opportunity to illuminate, appreciates the transformative effects of new light in familiar spaces, and is wholly committed to contributing in support of the artistic vision of our Lighting Director. Our noble assistant should have a knowledge, however basic, of theatrical lighting. Prepare to further cultivate your luminosity!


*Assists with setting up all T/F venue lighting for buskers and Q&As

*Provides further design and installation support for lighting of special events

*Collaborates and supports the efforts of other T/F tech teams (sound, projection, build, etc.)

*Aids in the lifting and carrying of tech materials (50lb. carries typical)

*Works at height on ladders to fulfill various lighting responsibilities

*Among other commitments, provides wide, daily availability between the Saturday prior to the festival and the Monday after the festival

*Additional duties as needed

Time Commitment & Compensation: approx. 150 hours of work, primarily in the lead up to, and during the fest. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. 

Please send your resume & cover letter to Ben Falby: ben@truefalse.org

Applications open until position is filled.


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