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 9/19/15 - Now Hiring


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

The application deadline is November 1.



Sustainability Coordinator

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 the recycling program and about Fest sustainability generally

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

*Continue to grow the T/F sustainability and 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

*Additional duties as needed

Time Commitment & Compensation: 150-200 hours between Nov 1, 2015 and March 15, 2016. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. 

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

The application deadline is October 19.

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