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.


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.



Overview: The Sustainability Coordinator is passionate about reducing, reusing and recycling, has experience coordinating green initiatives, and is excited to expand our current diversion efforts toward becoming zero-waste! The position will identify, advocate for and incorporate sustainable practices throughout the Fest. This outgoing, organized human can think on their feet, is able to work independently AND as a team member, doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.

Duties Include:

  • Work with Operations staff and volunteers to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to create and implement a marketing campaign to educate the public, especially festgoers, about this program and about Fest sustainability
  • Coordinate with local restaurants and the City to track and divert food waste
  • Measure and evaluate waste composition to determine diversion rate and track progress toward zero-waste
  • Continue to grow the T/F recycling program, increasing capacity and streamlining the process, as well as creating simple yet informative marketing tools for festgoers, volunteers, and staff
  • Recruit, train, and manage 25-30 volunteers for the Sustainability Team
  • Manage and oversee the Sustainability Intern
  • Additional duties as needed

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has experience coordinating green initiatives
  • Has experience managing a team
  • Must be willing and able to lift 50lbs, drive a box truck, and work on their feet for long hours
  • Have excellent problem solving skills

Commitment & Compensation: This role is a part-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your schedule, and a collaborative culture. The stipend will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $1,100-1,300 for the festival season. The Fest Sustainability Coordinator will work approximately 150-200 hours between February 1 and May 15, including full event and on-call hours during the week of the Fest, May 5 – 9, 2021.

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


Overview: Are you excited about event production and the prospect of building something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated assistant to Ragtag Film Society’s Production Manager who has an appreciation for the cultural mission and can take point on the festival. This self-starter will be responsible for collaborating with the Production Manager and other production and operational crew to ensure the Fest has all equipment, people, and plans in place to build out the Fest!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • At least one year working at True/False or another festival or large event
  • Experience working with a wide variety of power tools and hand tools
  • Experience building fairly complex structures and an ability to assess structural integrity based on as little as a simple drawing or schematic
  • The ability to problem-solve in real time 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience managing multiple people and projects at one time

Specific duties include:

  • Set up and breakdown coordination including recruiting and managing crew and volunteers
  • Review and update existing safety manual & protocols
  • Create a production grid to coordinate the movement and set-up of all art installations, venue design, and production pieces during the week leading up to and including the festival
  • Venue inventory and troubleshooting venue issues 
  • Provide assistance for Construction Manager during the Fest
  • Collaborate with various other T/F teams to ensure the smooth running of all physical aspects of the festival
  • Work with PM to clean, organize, and store all materials post-Fest
  • Assist with off-season events and screenings as needed, including the March March, Boone Dawdle, Ragtag Road Shows, and other duties as assigned

Commitment & Compensation: This is a part-time position that will require approximately 400 hours between December and May. Some evening and weekend time is required during the height of the pre-festival season and during the Fest (festival runs May 5-9, 2021). Must reside in Boone County. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and in the range of $2,500-$3,000. We offer a results-oriented work environment, and a collaborative culture, that supports innovation.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Assistant Production Manager along with your current resume. Send all materials to Arin Liberman at [email protected] Application deadline: December 21.


Overview: We are in search of a skilled, organized individual to be our new Audio Manager! This position is responsible for the successful set up and operation of all audio equipment before and during the 2021 Fest at all venues and festival special events. After all events the Audio Manager will ensure proper tear down and return of equipment. While not required, we also have the opportunity for the right candidate to serve as the Audio Manager for the 2021 Boone Dawdle.

This position requires an advanced understanding of all audio equipment used in live music and live event settings, and ideally some understanding of how audio equipment and set up differs for film presentations. The Audio Manager will identify and acquire all audio needs and equipment for the festival, in collaboration with the Tech Director (and others as needed), while working within an established budget amount for audio labor and equipment rental/purchase.

The Audio Manager will recruit (as needed – the festival has a team of returning audio technicians), schedule, and manage all audio techs. They will be responsible for training audio techs as needed. Additionally, the Audio Manager will work with the Music Team to ensure that festival musicians are aware of the equipment that is available to them, their sound check calls, and other necessary info. A candidate local to Columbia, MO is preferred.

Required skills:

  • Previous experience as an Audio Technician for live music events
  • Advanced knowledge of computer systems
  • Excellent hearing and an ear for detail
  • Up to date knowledge of sound and recording equipment
  • Technical aptitude
  • Experience in troubleshooting

The ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Previous experience as an Audio Technician for film presentations
  • Experience leading a team
  • Experience in a film or music festival setting
  • Ability to collaborate with a variety of artists/clients
  • Ability to drive a truck/trailer

Commitment and Compensation: Approximately 250-300 hours for the True/False Film Fest mainly between late January, 2021, to the week following the 2021 Fest (held May 5 through 9, 2021), and approximately 15-25 hours in August 2021 for the Boone Dawdle event; the majority of these hours will be needed in March and April, as well as the weeks of set-up and tear-down (approximately April 30 through May 11, 2021). Stipend commensurate with experience, in the range of $2,200 to $3,000.

To Apply: Please send your resume, a cover letter telling us why you should be our Audio Manager, and three references to Arin Liberman at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through December 28, 2020.


Are you interested in working for RFS, 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 our events? 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]


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!