True/False Film Fest 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 45,000 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 True/False Core Staff, a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.


Volunteer Coordinator(s)

The Volunteer Coordinator(s) are organized, detail-oriented, and like people. He/she/they has experience working with databases, coordinating information and scheduling large numbers of people, and isn’t daunted by the prospect of making 50 schedule changes in an hour. Strong written communication skills required. Reports directly to the Operations Manager. Ideally this position is split between two people.

The nitty gritty duties:

  • Screen volunteer applications in DoGooder (our web-based volunteer database & scheduling system) and assign volunteers to teams
  • Working with team leads, build volunteer shifts/schedules in DoGooder
  • Assign volunteers their schedules in DoGooder
  • Answer general emails and schedule change requests from volunteers
  • Confirm volunteer schedules
  • Send schedules to team leaders with volunteer contact info
  • Help plan and operate the volunteer training (mid-Feb), coordinate the registration process
  • Plan and run the make-up volunteer training on the Thursday morning of the festival
  • Plan, coordinate, and schedule and oversee volunteers for The Nest (T/F volunteer HQ); work with production team and art installations team to plan and decorate the space
  • During the festival, maintain the volunteer “blacklist” and help provide substitute volunteers to replace no-shows; manage the volunteer waiting list
  • During the festival, coordinate volunteer check-in at the Nest (volunteer HQ)
  • During the festival, manage volunteer HQ, volunteer hotline, and coordinate volunteer check-in.
  • Assist with volunteer management during the T/F Boone Dawdle
  • Oversee and manage communication with T/F volunteers throughout the calendar year, including but not limited to managing the TF volunteer FB page, emailing all local volunteers when T/F films are playing at Ragtag, and other general info email blasts

Commitment & Compensation: This part-time, independent contractor position requires approximately 300 hours of work between October 15 and March 15. A limited number of those hours occur between June 15 and August 10 for the Boone Dawdle. The position may be done remotely in part; must be able to travel to Columbia, MO for the Boone Dawdle on August 10, volunteer training in February (tentatively Feb 22), and on the ground for the duration of the festival starting March 1, 2020. The compensation is a flat stipend in the range of $1,000-$3,000 each, depending on the distribution of duties between the right candidates. To apply, send cover letter and resume by May 20 to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer, at: [email protected].


As the festival grows, so necessarily does the staff-power, volunteer-power, and lately, intern-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to work and learn simultaneously towards the shared goal of realizing this special event. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.