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. 


NEW this year! The Friday of the festival (February 28) is a Columbia Public School teacher work day, and since students have the day off, what better way to spend your time than joining us at the fest for a Friday full of FREE FILM FUN! We are even providing free bus transportation for all local CPS high schoolers who want to attend (see below). 

The day starts with refreshments at the Missouri Theatre, and a free screening of Particle Fever (synopsis: Some of the world's most savvy scientists guide us through the largest experiment in history, the Large Hadron Collider, which seeks to unlock the secret of life itself). Doors open at 10am: come early for live music and ice cream! The screening starts at 11am and - as with every T/F film - will be followed by a Q&A with the director and producer/subject from the film. Then, from 1pm - 5pm, we have free art, music, and film events just for students: workshops with local and visiting artists, where you can make costumes and puppets for the March March Parade, get a special public art tour, and meet with internationally acclaimed artists, meet and hear local and national musicians and bands, and talk with film professionals from around the world. The day will end with the always fabulous March March Parade.

To guarantee your spot at the screening and/or workshops, please sign up in advance. If you are a CPS high school student and want free bus transportation from your home in Columbia to downtown and back, you must sign up by FEBRUARY 25th. You must also bring your signed parental permission slip to your high school office (get a pdf of the permission slip below, or, stop in at your high school’s main office). 

SIGN UP FOR TGIT/F HERE!    Download Permission Slip PDF

The screening and workshops are open to ALL high school and college students with student ID. We cannot provide transportation for non-CPS students, but we will show you a great time once you get here. Consider finding someone at your school to sponsor and help you organize a field trip! 

 Screening of Particle Fever made possible by the Bertha Foundation


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. This year, we also have a brand new option for those mostly interested in the music component of the fest. Check out the BUSKER BAND here.

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 ($6) at the T/F Box Office for regular films, as well as $6 tickets via the Q for films at Jesse Auditorium, the Missouri Theatre (not including closing night film or the film following the Jubilee) and the Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note. At the Q for all other venues, students pay the regular door price of $10.


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 $6, and $8 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.


There are also special discounted tickets available for MU students at the MSA Box Office!



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 $6, and $8 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 noon on Thursday, Feb. 27th; or 2) Vouchers are good for admission via the Q at Jesse Hall, Missouri Theatre or the Vimeo Theater at the Blue Note. 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.



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