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.


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.


-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: October 17, 2016. 


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


  • 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. 


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