Festival Jobs

Want to work for the Fest? Here's your chance. We are currently accepting applications for the open positions described below on our team of 40+ dedicated Core Staffers who bring the Fest from crazy idea to tangible reality.

Depending on the number of applications, we may not be able to respond to everyone, but we'll do our best. Compensation is dependent on final job description, qualifications, and time commitment. 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.

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Updated 4/2/15: 

 

Sponsorship Director

Are you ready to sell something you care about? The True/False Film Fest –a documentary film, music and art festival in Columbia, Missouri– 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

About the Fest:

In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, this position offers 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.

Exploring fact, fiction and what lies in between, the True/False Film Fest champions films that breathe life into the nonfiction format by honoring the finest new work redefining this exploding form. T/F spotlights long-form examinations of complex issues; tight, humorous stories of curious people and places; unexpected glimpses of life from around the globe; films that push the boundaries of their genre. Focusing on the connection between diverse filmmakers and our community rather than on awards, True/False fosters collegial camaraderie and an unhurried opportunity to view and discuss great films. Mixed in with a full schedule of films are a full slate of music, art installations, and events designed to stimulate conversation, debate, community, and pure fun. These include parties, field trips, panel discussions, a game show, and a parade that kicks off the four-day weekend.

Having celebrating its 12th anniversary March 5-8, 2015, True/False has attained a unique status in the documentary world. It is now seen as a "filmmaker utopia" which attracts the best documentaries in the world, accompanied by their directors--all to a small town in the Midwest. 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, selling 45,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. Marked by a small-town fervor usually reserved for college football, True/False is instead targeted to films that fall outside of mainstream fare. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously. The festival, launched in 2004, married our love of documentaries and our town’s heritage of great journalism. True/False, along with its sister project Ragtag Cinema, is a program of the Ragtag Film Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit.

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

Compensation:

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 April 30, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

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Sponsorship Associate

Are you ready to get started in sponsorship by selling something you care about? The True/False Film Fest –a documentary film, music and art festival in Columbia, Missouri– is looking for a motivated salesperson with both a love for the cultural mission of the festival and a passion for energetic, personable sales to be our new Sponsorship Associate. This creative self-starter is primarily responsible for securing new and returning cash and in-kind sponsorships from local supporters and assisting the Sponsorship Director in the fulfillment of all sponsorship contracts.

We have an exciting event to offer potential partners, and we are looking for a bright, talented salesperson to help 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 along with us.

If you have some basic experience in sales, or simply think you’ve got the right combination of personality and organizational skills to both sell and coordinate, this could be your opportunity to help promote 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • One year of professional sales experience is preferred, but not required

Specific duties include:

  • Secure smaller cash sponsorships
  • Secure culinary and other in-kind contributions from local sponsors
  • Assist Sponsorship Director with contract creation and fulfillment, as well as maintenance of sponsorship records in the festival’s database
  • Work with graphic design team to collect ads and logos from sponsors
  • Oversee distribution of food vouchers to staff and guests during the festival, as well as the coordination of the staff mess hall
  • Curate and coordinate the contents of guest and passholder swag bags

About the Fest:

In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, this position offers 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.

Exploring fact, fiction and what lies in between, the True/False Film Fest champions films that breathe life into the nonfiction format by honoring the finest new work redefining this exploding form. T/F spotlights long-form examinations of complex issues; tight, humorous stories of curious people and places; unexpected glimpses of life from around the globe; films that push the boundaries of their genre. Focusing on the connection between diverse filmmakers and our community rather than on awards, True/False fosters collegial camaraderie and an unhurried opportunity to view and discuss great films. Mixed in with a full schedule of films are a full slate of music, art installations, and events designed to stimulate conversation, debate, community, and pure fun. These include parties, field trips, panel discussions, a game show, and a parade that kicks off the four-day weekend.

Having celebrating its 12th anniversary March 5-8, 2015, True/False has attained a unique status in the documentary world. It is now seen as a "filmmaker utopia" which attracts the best documentaries in the world, accompanied by their directors--all to a small town in the Midwest. 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, selling 45,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. Marked by a small-town fervor usually reserved for college football, True/False is instead targeted to films that fall outside of mainstream fare. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously. The festival, launched in 2004, married our love of documentaries and our town’s heritage of great journalism. True/False, along with its sister project Ragtag Cinema, is a program of the Ragtag Film Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit.

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

Compensation:

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 half-time work. Must reside in Columbia a minimum of eight months each year.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be one of our new sponsorship aces, one idea for a sponsorship opportunity at the festival that you think a national or local sponsor would find appealing, a resume with two references, and details of professional sales experience. Send all materials to Jeremy Brown, Managing Director, jeremy@truefalse.org.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.