Attend the Fest

There are many ways for students to take advantage of True/False, both during the weekend, and throughout the year. Check out ways to access the fest here to find the best fit for you, your class, and/or your friends! For even more fun, check out our Year-Round Film Programs page. 

Click here for even more details, and to learn the T/F lingo.



Of course, if you're eager to jump feet first into the whole festival weekend, you can always buy a pass! If the higher level passes are out of your price range, we do have a couple of especially affordable options. The Gateway Packet is a great deal for one person, or to share among friends. We also have a new option for those mostly interested in the music component of the fest: look for the Busker Band.

We also welcome students to join our volunteer team. You can make a big impact and have a grand ol' time by volunteering at the fest. Not only will you gain important professional development, but you will get to see the behind-the-scenes of the fest. Please note that special volunteer opportunities may be available through your high school’s film club. If you can work for at least 15 hours before and/or during the fest, you'll get a volunteer pass, which lets you Q for free. See that application here. Just make sure that you get the parental permission form signed if you’re under 18. 



With a current student ID, students get discounted tickets ($7) at the T/F Box Office for regular films, as well as $7 tickets via the Q for films at The Missouri Theatre (not including closing night film or the film following the Jubilee), the Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note, and Cornell Hall. At the Q for all other venues, students pay the regular door price of $12.


Advanced group tickets: School administrators, teachers, classes, and student groups who would like to attend films together may request bundles of 10+ tickets at the student discount. Student tickets are $7, and $10 for any accompanying adults. *Please note the small window of time for these advance ticket orders. Ticket orders are not guaranteed.*  

Free tickets: A limited number of free tickets are available for economically disadvantaged high school students and teachers working in lower-income schools.



School administrators, teachers, classes, and student groups who would like to attend films together, but would like the flexibility of deciding which film they attend closer to the fest, may request vouchers at the student discount price. Like tickets, vouchers for students are $7, and $10 for any accompanying adults. (Official order form coming soon!)

There are two ways to use vouchers: 1) Vouchers may be redeemed at the T/F Box Office for a hard ticket starting on Thursday, March 5; or 2) Vouchers are good for admission via the Q at The Missouri Theatre, the Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note, or Cornell Hall. Remember, vouchers are subject to seat availability. 

Free vouchers: T/F is committed to providing 500 free vouchers to public high school students. Each school’s rep distributes the tickets to any students who express interest and need a free voucher.



In 2014, the Friday of the festival was a Columbia Public School teacher work day, and since students had the day off, we created a special program just for high school students! This year, we are once again organizing the Friday of the festival as a special field trip, including a film screening at the Missouri Theatre with a Q&A with the visiting director, tons of live music from bands from around the world, an afternoon of art, film, and music workshops, a chance to hang out with local and visiting artists of all stripes, and a spot in the March March downtown parade. Please keep an eye out for updates! Busing services provided by First Student. 

Presented by the Bertha Foundation

Bertha Foundation First Student National Endowment for the Arts
State Farm Insurance