Job Opportunities

Ragtag Film Society is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.

ABOUT THE FEST

True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land – bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 50,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects–True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the RFS Core; a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest, and to run a homegrown venue showcasing the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.

CURRENT LISTINGS:

RFS MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Overview: We are looking for a motivated marketing professional with a love for the society’s cultural mission and a passion for cultivating its voice and brand across all marketing tools including social media, website, and design. This creative self-starter is primarily responsible for external communications and marketing; social media, newsletters, web management, and press relations.

Duties Include:

  • Assist the Development & Communications Director in implementing an RFS-wide marketing strategy
  • Write, edit, & proofread written materials
  • Work with Director to develop and manage social media strategy & channels for True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema
  • Assemble content for organizational newsletters 
  • Communicate with other departments to manage internal content release; do research on/manage external industry content
  • Work with Directors to develop and manage strategy for organizational press needs; craft press releases & web news posts
  • Attract and nurture key press & industry relationships; coordinate interviews with press
  • Prepare press accreditation and press kit materials
  • Oversee a volunteer social media team who assist in Fest weekend-of socials

Required Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Active interest in/knowledge about the film industry
  • Marketing experience,  including experience managing professional social media platforms
  • Experience with WordPress
  • Familiarity with Constant Contact and graphic design skills are a plus

Compensation and Culture: The position is full-time, year-round, and salaried with benefits; offer range $28-30k. Candidate should reside in/nearby or be willing to relocate to Columbia, Mo. The role requires some evening and weekend work, based on the special events surrounding the cinema and the festival. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, a generous amount of paid time off, and a collaborative culture.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Marketing & Communications Specialist, your resume with at least two references, and a portfolio of related work. As a writing sample, please also submit a mock announcement for a special event of your creation and write up social media content (FB/Twitter/Insta), a short web post, and a press release. Direct materials and questions to Arin Liberman at: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until October 15, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

RFS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Overview: We are in search of a highly organized, creative, and detail-oriented person to serve as our new organizational Technical Director, overseeing technical needs of the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. The Technical Director will be responsible for people management and relationship-building, creating team workflows and communication plans, facilitating a positive work environment for the RFS tech teams, and working with other RFS staff in maintaining positive relationships with organizational partners. 

The ideal candidate: 

  • Is confident and experienced in leading a team, inclined towards collaboration with other organizational directors, and excited about contributing to organizational decision making; 
  • Is extremely detail- and deadline-oriented, proactive, and thorough;
  • Has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Has experience with cinema projection and non-cinema A/V equipment at at least one medium-to-large sized film festival, and at a year-round cinema;
  • Is familiar and comfortable with the flow of a film festival, and similarly familiar and comfortable with the flow of a year-round cinema;
  • Has a keen understanding of a variety of exhibition formats and equipment, including but not limited to DCP, Blu-Ray, and 35mm (ideally also 16mm), as well as other technology and equipment related to projection, film, and media presentation;
  • Is well-versed in audio equipment, set up, and production, and other technologies and equipment related to live and virtual Q&As and music performances;
  • Is able to think on their feet to innovate, solve problems, and keep their teams—and the show—running smoothly.

Duties Include:

  • Overseeing maintenance of cinema projection equipment for daily use;
  • Coordinating weekly cinema screening schedule with programmer and other staff to assure smooth changeovers from event to event; 
  • Managing relationship and schedule with engineers and other tech companies as needed to keep equipment updated and in condition for daily use and ensuring that all Fest and other event equipment is purchased or rented;
  • Managing print traffic schedule with distributors; 
  • Coordinating with staff in regard to tech requirements of all special events;
  • Communicating with programmer regarding upcoming films to order appropriate trailers and posters from distributors, plan and build playlists for all screenings, assemble film reels to build any 35mm releases, and other duties as needed;
  • Organizing, scheduling, and providing training and guidance for all cinema projectionists (& cover projectionist shifts as needed);
  • Assessing technical equipment needs and setup strategy for Fest projection/video, audio, and other tech needs; 
  • Working with Fest Print Traffic Comptroller and Fest Format Manager to plan for and build Fest booth materials;
  • Securing, scheduling, and contracting Fest projectionists; training projectionists on Fest equipment and protocols;
  • Leading the setup process of technical equipment at build-out film venues; working with third party equipment suppliers as needed;
  • Troubleshooting over the course of the festival to ensure projection equipment at all venues is running smoothly; 
  • Ensuring quality communication between all technical teams and relevant other parties both before and during the Fest;
  • Working closely with the Operations Director and Presentation Manager to ensure that presentation standards are met;
  • Oversight of all video/audio equipment rental/procurement and other tech needs for various extra-cinema RFS events.

Commitment & Compensation: This is a full time, year-round position with an annual salary in the range of $38-42k, plus benefits. We offer a flexible and results-oriented work environment, and a collaborative culture. The RFS Tech Director should reside in, or be willing to relocate to, Columbia, MO year-round.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Tech Director, a resume with at least 2 references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through the end of September, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Production Team

Are you interested in working for the Fest, but don’t *quite* fit into any of the open job categories? Have you been a volunteer and want to raise your level of commitment to the Fest? Do you have a unique set of skills you think would benefit True/False? We are excited to hear from anyone with an interest in joining the Production team, and we will keep your info on file should any exciting new opportunities come up.

To Apply: Please submit a general letter of interest and your resume or other summary of your relevant qualifications to Arin Liberman: [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the human-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to dive deep in a particular department to realize this multi-faceted event.

Festival internships are an opportunity to get training and hands-on experience in event planning, people organization and leadership, and to learn about the film festival landscape from the inside. Interns are conferred a level of volunteer pass for the Fest that includes admissions benefits beyond general or juggernaut access. They also have opportunities throughout the season to join internal & external social events and networking opportunities. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be considered for the role, and two references to Arin Liberman, at: [email protected]

There are currently no open internships, but please check back!