How to Festival

Planning to come to True/False this coming year? Here are a few things you should know about how it works.

The best way to enjoy the festival is by buying a pass. You should do that as soon as possible, as they sell quickly. There are several types of passes available. Each pass grants admission to films and events, but some events are exclusive to certain pass types. Also, some passes allow you to reserve tickets online earlier than others. We recommend buying your pass by the end of January (although they’ll be on sale until Feb 24, while supplies last).

Keep up with the news. Every festival is different and things change quickly. We will let you know about changes regularly. Join our Facebook page or join our mailing list. Also, check the T/F homepage regularly for news updates, hype, and exclusive video.

With a pass, your biggest perk is the ability to reserve your tickets online in advance of the fest! The list of films will be published here, along with descriptions, and the schedule, here. Aim to reserve tickets as soon as possible to get your first choice screenings. The box office pages will tell you everything you need to know about when and how ticket reservations work.

If you do not have a pass, you may buy tickets for films from the box office. As pass buyers get first dibs, there may be a number of films with no tickets available. In the case that films are NRT (no reserve tickets), it may still be possible to see the film by utilizing our “Q” system. Show up for the “Q” an hour before the screening time, rub elbows with the Q(ueens), the costumed volunteers who help make the queue into a merry gathering, and we’ll hand you a number to hold your place in line. Return 15 minutes before the film, queue up, and we'll do our best to get you in! And remember, almost all films play more than once. For more details about this, consult a festival program or read our FAQ. This is a robust festival: there are always lots of things to do even without a pass or tickets. Read this recap from last year to get an idea of what else you might do besides see movies!

You can also volunteer to help make the Fest come together. Volunteers help out in all areas of the festival, from venue operations and design, selling merchandise and tickets at the box office, to tech ops and other skilled labor! We have volunteers of all ages, many of whom return year after year. Volunteers get a festival t-shirt, and can Q for free! Plus, there's an awesome (exclusive) volunteer party to say thanks! Let T/F be a learning experience by participating as a volunteer. Find out more and sign up here.

Coming in from out of town? Book accommodations now, as rooms fill quickly. See our lodging list and go from there.

If you are a journalist and are coming to cover the festival, you should contact our press coordinator. The sooner you let us know you want to come, the better we can help with any possible arrangements.

Visit our archive if you'd like to learn more about the history of the festival. T/F has been happening since 2004 and boasts a collection of antique web pages. Check them out in the archive, see what films we’ve screened before, and waste a little time getting yourself jazzed for this year’s fest. It’s going to be a good one. 

Local fest-goers are invited to attend an in-person HOW-TO-FEST session hosted by the Daniel Boone Regional Library, and presented by 102.3 BXR and KFRU. The 2017 HOW-TO-FEST will take place:

Saturday, February 4, 2017 in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library

10:30am - Noon

Fest staffers will present information about the 2017 fest, and be available for questions.