Thursday, Mar 5 / 5:30pm-6:45pm / Missouri Theatre

For our opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at Missouri Theatre right before diving into the opening night film. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites & cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


Thursday, Mar 5 / 10pm-1:30am / The Atrium

In 2020 this legendary party moves to The Atrium on Thursday night. Artists transform the space into a surprise-filled wonderland where you can dance the night away to transcendent sounds.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle, Lux passholders & Stay Up Late


A: Rouge – Friday, Mar 6 / 3:25pm-4:10pm

B: Bock – Friday, Mar 6 / 8:15pm-9pm

C: Blanc – Saturday, Mar 7 / 1:25pm-2:05pm

D: Rye – Saturday, Mar 7 / 8:15pm-9pm

A convivial reception spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the titular libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion. 

Held in the Palmer room at RJI; Open to ticket-holders of the preceding screening in Gannett Hall, as well as Super/Silver Circle passholders.


Friday, Mar 6 / 5:15pm-6pm / Boone County Courthouse Square to Ninth & Locust


What better way to encourage the tremulous start of spring than to lead by example and march into March? To bring this month in like a lion, we invite one and all to join, dress in costume, ride your bike, whatever you’d like (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat.

Free and open to the public, read all about it.


Friday, Mar 6 / 5:30pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre & The Picturehouse lobbies

A tradition as old as the fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables). Directly following the March March, step inside Missouri Theatre, the Columbia Art League, and The Picturehouse lobbies to sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


Friday, Mar 6 / 9:30pm-10:45pm / Studio 4

Gather ‘round the firepit as some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing. The evening’s spirit guide will be Tonina on upright bass with six filmmakers/fabulists: Elegance Bratton, Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Arthur Jones, Lance Oppenheim, and Yahaswini Raghunandan. Sip Bulleit Frontier Rye Whiskey compliments of Bulleit Bourbon and homemade s’mores courtesy of Simmons Bank. Presented by National Geographic Documentary Films

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.


Friday, Mar 6 / 10:30pm-12:30am / Pressed

In honor of True/False’s 28 shorts filmmakers, this electric affair celebrates these magic-makers in style. Sing a song for your first round at our karaoke station.

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders.


Box Office // Saturday, Mar 7 / 12pm-12:30pm
Box Office // Saturday, Mar 7 / 3:30pm-4pm
Box Office // Sunday, Mar 8 / 12pm-12:30pm

Box Office // Sunday, Mar 8 / 3:30pm-4pm

Those with the foresight to set aside time for The Ramble, a collective poetic improvisation masquerading as a conventional downtown walking tour, will surely be rewarded. Under the guidance of longtime chaperone Gabriel Williams.

Free and open to the public.


Saturday, Mar 7 / 4pm-6pm / Orr Street Studios

The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting filmmakers, hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios and featuring choice culinary creations. Enjoy delicious treats as well as hard cider, wine, bubbly & beer, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios.

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders; ticket included in packet.


Saturday, Mar 7 / 10:15pm-11:45pm / Showtime Documentary Films Theater @ The Blue Note 

Can you suss out the truth? Or are you gullible? America’s most raucous documentary game show features local non-professional filmmakers who attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute docs. Things get increasingly out of hand. Hosted by Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who moved out to Los Angeles to work on “Why? with Hannibal Buress” and is a frequent guest on the news quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Tech support provided by Vidwest and CAT TV. Presented by Showtime Documentary Films

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.


Sunday, Mar 8 / 9:30am-10:15am / Ragtag Cinema

Hand brewed coffee from Kaldi’s and breakfast burritos courtesy of Uprise Bakery will more than make up for a lost-to-DST hour of sleep! Spring forward into breakfast with a Supa weird film that will wake you right up.

Ticket required for breakfast plus film; general admission via the Q is to the film only.


Sunday, Mar 8 / 6pm-7pm / Missouri Theatre

A common meal for all who attend Dick Johnson is Dead at the Missouri Theatre on Sunday. Catered for the seventeenth year in a row by the stalwarts at Addison’s restaurant—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, and Les Bourgeois Vineyards. Presented by Addison’s American Grill

Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception.


Sunday, Mar 8 / 9pm-10pm / The Sculpture Yard on Ninth & Missouri Theatre

With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat and Public House; please, finish your beer inside), the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends and join True/False’s own second line under the stars in our Sculpture Yard on Ninth (and for those who prefer a quieter farewell, in the lobby of Missouri Theatre), as we throw an instant wake for T/F 2020 following the Q&A after Dick Johnson is Dead.

No ticket required; theater lobby open to passholders & those with a ticket to the closing night film; Sculpture Yard open to all, weather permitting.


Monday, Mar 9 / 12:30am-4am / Cafe Berlin

Keep the embers of T/F 2020 alive with waffles at Cafe Berlin, while filmmakers and film critics fight for their chance to appear on the famed Film Comment podcast, recorded live on stage by the publication’s ever-astute editor Nicolas Rapold.

Open to all; admission is free, waffles are not.