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 10/28/16

Graphic Designer

Overview: Are you excited about the True/False aesthetic? Do you have creative ideas about how to not only execute, but elevate festival design? We’re looking for both a lead designer and assistants to take on design work for the 2017 fest and (potentially) beyond! 

The ideal candidate will have the following:

-Must be proficient with InDesign and comfortable with Photoshop

-Ability to be in the T/F office full time for Program Week (Feb 11 - 19)

-Ability to respond well to feedback and work collaboratively

-Ability to turnaround edits quickly 

-Familiarity with the T/F design aesthetic is a plus


-Lead the program book design team to create the T/F festival program

-Develop & edit festival ads for various outlets

-Create other festival materials for print, web, passes, and merchandise use

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. Most work can be done remotely with some in-person and/or phone meetings as needed. The time commitment for the lead designer includes part time work between November and mid-February, with a full-time in-office commitment during program week (Feb 11 - 19, 2017), plus a few wrap-up hours between the end of program week and early March. (Assistants work primarily during program week.)

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter telling us why you are a good fit, a resume, and a portfolio of sample design work. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Programming and Communications director: arin@truefalse.org.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016


Photography Team Coordinator

Overview: Are you a skilled photographer who also likes to lead other photographers? Would you like to be the eye that captures the iconic images of the next fest? Apply for this Core staff position today!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

-Skilled photographer with professional equipment

-Proficient at photo editing

-Ability to lead and communicate well

-Ability to organize a team of volunteer photographers

-Ability to work long days during the festival to shoot and turnaround edits for delivery

-True/False photog team experience is a plus


-Shoot & edit photos for year-round True/False events (e.g. The Boone Dawdle, special event screenings, pre-festival receptions, etc.)

-Coordinate photo coverage requests from multiple departments

-Create an efficient schedule for the photography team to ensure full festival photo coverage

-During the week of the festival, perform daily photo editing, tagging metadata, and uploading photo albums to Facebook/website

-Post-Fest, organizing and archiving all fest photos and pulling promo selects

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The time commitment includes: shooting (& photo editing) one-off events between August and February, meetings and part-time remote coordinating work between November and February, an intense workload the week of the festival (March 2-5, 2017), and some post-fest wrap-up hours. Should reside in Columbia, or be willing to travel here frequently.

To Apply: Please submit a brief letter of interest, resume, and photography portfolio. Send materials to Jeremy Brown, Managing Director: jeremy@truefalse.org

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 


Assistant Office Manager

Overview: T/F is looking for an organized, outgoing, multitasker to help keep our office humming during the busiest part of our year. Must have a cheerful attitude and a willingness to help your coworkers, no matter how large or small the job.

Duties/skills include:

-Basic bookkeeping

-Answering phone

-Light cleaning

-General administrative assistance

-Google docs and Google calendar

-Quickbooks experience is a bonus, but not required

Time Commitment: Approximately 20 hours per week January-March and 10 hours per week in April. Additional hours required during the four days of the festival (March 2-5).

Compensation: $10/hour

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume.  Send materials to Jeremy Brown at jeremy@truefalse.org

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2016 


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