Call to Artists

Exploring fact, fiction and what lies in between, the True/False Film Fest is an event that attracts more than 100 filmmakers, a similar number of musicians who play before films and at parties, approximately 40 visual artists, and more than 13,000 attendees. The event fosters collegial camaraderie and an unhurried opportunity to view and discuss great films, music, and art. Mixed in with a full schedule of films and live music are events designed to stimulate conversation, debate, community, and pure fun. These include parties, workshops, field trips, panel discussions, a game show, works-in-progress seminars, and a parade that kicks off the weekend.

Every year, True/False brings a multitude of talented visual artists from near and far to reinvent venues and transform public spaces. What began as a visual backdrop for our fest thirteen years ago is now an integral part of every aspect of what we do. In 2017, we will continue to expand our artistic reach, both in the array of concepts explored and in the variety of artists represented.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that also operates Ragtag Cinema, a 365-day arthouse theater. The mission of the Ragtag Film Society is to champion independent film to stimulate and enrich the culture of our community.


For 2017, True/False is looking for dynamic, original large-scale installations; ideally these installations will be flexible as far as where and how they are installed, and will be built to be used for more than one year (though we are open to projects that will intrinsically be one-use). Aesthetically, we encourage artists to use as inspiration the overarching ideas and mission of the festival (broadly, reality reimagined; an immersive artistic experience that seeks to transform the everyday; if you’re not familiar with T/F, we encourage you to read about the festival elsewhere on our website by exploring the tabs above) and/or the 2017 theme (see below). In most cases, we will provide varying degrees of input and guidance throughout the process (aesthetically and/or in regards to construction and installation plans).

2017 Theme

Each year T/F adopts a visual theme and in 2017 it is Out Of The Ether. Consider the below prompts for inspiration:

  1. The Periodic Table of the Elements

  2. Alchemy/Chemistry

  3. The Noble Gases

  4. The Rare Earths

  5. The “original” elements: fire, air, water, earth, void

  6. Alchemical symbology

  7. Quintessence

  8. The Unstable Elements

  9. The Age of Discovery

  10. “We’re made of star stuff” (Carl Sagan)

  11. Making the invisible visible

  12. Pick an element; describe it non-scientifically

  13. What is the Tf element?

Submissions Deadlines

For T/F 2017, there is an Open Call for Proposals and a Call for Proposals that is open to Missouri artists only. We encourage Missouri artists to submit to the Open Call as well as the Missouri artists only Call.  

The 2017 Call to Artists is now CLOSED. Open Call applicants will be notified via email by Friday, October 28, 2016. Missouri Artists Call applicants will be notified via email by Friday, November 5, 2016.

-Feel free to submit multiple proposals.

-Collaborative proposals are permitted and encouraged.

-We will accept proposals from anywhere in the world, though if you are international and need to come to Missouri to complete your piece, we encourage you to submit to the First Open Call for proposals to allow enough time to make travel arrangements.

-All artists whose work is accepted will receive an Artist Pass to the Fest, which includes admission to films, selected events, and other benefits.


The Fest will be held March 2 through March 5, 2017. Please note that all work will need to be complete (ready for install) by Friday, February 24, 2017; installation will occur no later than March 2, 2017 (install dates will depend on location) and tear down will occur on March 6, 2017. We expect that all artists will install and take down their work, though we can provide assistance if needed. Please note that we require a progress report from all artists about a month before the fest; details will be provided to artists whose work is accepted.


If you have any questions at any point during the application process, please contact the T/F Art Submissions team at