True/False offers a heightened four-day weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town of Columbia, Missouri (our hometown) into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Creative placemaking means the festival develops the talents and focuses the energy of the region. We seek out the most creative, energetic people and then 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.

This is an extraordinarily vital time for nonfiction filmmaking as an artistic form. Our mission is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of creative nonfiction. 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. Herein are the ingredients for a revolutionary new alloy, the future of an urgent art.

True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema are programs of the 501c3 not-for-profit organization, the Ragtag Film Society. Our mission: to champion independent film and media art and to serve film communities both locally and globally.  



True / False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. Our mid-Missouri home is a beautiful place, and we’re pleased to have your help keeping our shared space a sublime place to discover beauty and art.  

Walk the Talk

The True/False team works toward our collective goals for sustainability not just during the Fest, but on a year-round basis. We prioritize the reduction and elimination of landfill-bound waste, and commit to following our environmental and social principles in our purchasing, planning, and everyday practices.

Reduce the Waste

Join us in reducing our waste by composting, recycling glass, aluminum, and plastics labeled 1-7, as well as cardboard and paper products during your Fest experience. Recycling is available throughout the Fest and where there’s food, compost is directed away from the landfill and over to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.  

Green Artistry

We take Zero Waste one creative step further- our installations and materials management team are experts in repurposing supplies and materials, integrating found and recycled supplies and art pieces from previous years into inspiring new displays. We remake, repurpose, and offer unique items for sale in our T/F merch store, and welcome local artisans to join us in our quest to reduce our waste. We’re happy to connect artists, creators, and makers with individuals, businesses, and organizations who have unwanted or surplus materials to donate.

Greener Transportation

True/False is a walkable, bikeable, and accessible Fest, and free public transportation-- Como Connect- is available during the fest on special T/F routes. If you do drive or call a cab, please consider carpooling, or sharing your ride.

Travel Impact Offset

T/F supports investment in noncombustible, renewable energy sources for our venues, events, and travellers. To help offset the impact of our collective travels, we support local urban agriculture projects, in partnership with CCUA and 360 Vodka, to reduce the distance from seed to plate. You can help offset the impact of combustible-engine-powered travel by exploring carbon offset programs that are meaningful to you, or considering alternative travel arrangements when available.  

Spread the Word

Truth be told, we can’t achieve our sustainability goals alone. You can help us reach our goals by participating in our Zero Waste goal, by volunteering on our Green Team, or, if you’re one of our partners, supporters, or sponsors, by adopting a greener goal of your own. Commit to reducing or diverting waste from your organization, traveling lighter, or making an investment in local projects that enrich the environment or enhance renewable energy sources.