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


Hospitality Coordinator

Overview: True/False prioritizes a commitment to gracious hospitality, and we actively shepherd our 400+ guests through their festival weekend; providing flight booking, shuttle coordination, and on-the-ground guidance through a full, fun, and engaging weekend schedule. We have created a streamlined, responsive system to make these filmmakers, musicians, artists, and others feel warm, cozy, and taken care of during their stay with us. This position is responsible for coordinating the hospitality team; the gracious hosts who make it all happen. The 2019 festival will run from Feb 28 – March 3.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • At least one year working at True/False or another festival or large event
  • Experience managing multiple people and projects at one time
  • Experience and confidence researching itineraries, talking to agents, and booking flights
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • The ability to respond to requests and problem-solve quickly; handling rapidly changing needs
  • Positive customer service attitude, works well under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


  • Work with two Assistant Hospitality Coordinators, a team of hospitality volunteers, and several other festival departments to oversee all festival guest travel and lodging requirements
  • Meet regularly with the Programming team to evaluate needs and report on bookings on a rolling basis
  • Manage the hospitality budget, including hotel and flight tracking, and keep relevant parties up-to-date on budget reporting
  • Compile and send guest welcome emails & prepare guest welcome packets
  • Oversee guest check-in teams at festival hotels
  • Oversee shuttle coordination for both airport shuttles, as well as downtown-hotel shuttles

Compensation: Compensation is comprised of a base stipend that will be commensurate with experience. The time commitment consists of weekly, part-time office hours starting in November, additional hours/week starting in January, and full-time starting the Tuesday leading into the fest, as well as email availability on an ongoing basis.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume, two references, and any supplemental details of related experience you would like to include. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Chief People Officer; [email protected]g

We will accept applications through November 9, 2018, though a hiring decision may be made before that date.

Lighting Director

Position overview: The T/F Lighting Director revels in the opportunity to illuminate, appreciates the transformative effects of new light in familiar spaces, and is wholly committed to developing an artistic vision in collaboration with festival leadership. Our Lighting Director should have a deep knowledge of theatrical lighting, skill in designing lighting for a variety of spaces and purposes, and technical know-how.

The ideal candidate …

  • … is an experienced lighting designer
  • … is currently working in or around lighting design
  • … keeps up to date on lighting technology, innovation, and style
  • … is very organized and knows how to utilize a spreadsheet or other software to be more efficient
  • … has excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • … is excited to work in a collaborative environment, but can also be very independent
  • … has a nickname for their adjustable wrench
  • … has worked with a wide variety of clients and/or co-workers

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and implement the set up of all T/F film venue lighting
  • Provide further design and installation implementation for lighting of special events, parties, and other auxiliary spaces
  • Oversee the Assistant Lighting Director and any lighting volunteers
  • Collaborate with and support the efforts of other T/F tech teams (sound, projection, etc.)
  • Collaborate with other T/F teams (eg, ThOps, Sponsorship, Music, Production) to ensure that lighting needs are met festival-wide
  • Able to lift and carry equipment (50 lb. carries typical)
  • Able to work at height on ladders and/or lifts to fulfill various lighting responsibilities
  • Manage and maintain festival lighting equipment, and determine if additional equipment is needed
  • At minimum, can be in Columbia MO February 23 through March 5, 2019
    Additional duties as needed

Time commitment: 12 days of set up, event, and tear down work, plus some pre-fest prep work (approximately 200 hours). Stipend: commensurate on experience.

To apply: send resume, cover letter, lighting design portfolio, and three references to [email protected] Applications will be accepted through mid-November, but a hiring decision may be made before that time.


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. To apply for any True/False internships, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with the job title in your subject line. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

Merch Intern

The Merch team is busy curating and creating unique merchandise for retail and swag. We are looking for an intern with a strong sense of style, understanding of the True/False brand, and the ability to work with a team & independently.

Duties include:

  • Assist with sourcing merchandise
  • Assist with website maintenance
  • Assist with pop-up set up and merchandising.  
  • Assist with management of merch volunteers
  • Schlepping merchandise to and fro.


  • Retail and customer service experience
  • Experience with ecommerce website preferable
  • Access to a vehicle required

Time Commitment:  

5hrs/per week October through December 2018. 10hrs/week January through mid-February 2019. 20hrs/week mid-February to mid-March 2019, with required availability February 27 – March 4, 2019

Art Installations Intern

The Art Installations Intern will work closely with all members of the T/F Art Team to ensure that all artists working with the fest have a positive, productive experience; he or she will report directly to the Art Installations Coordinator. We are looking for someone with a strong art background. He or she will get the opportunity to engage with working artists from all over the United States (and beyond!), and at all stages of their careers. The Art Intern will learn first-hand what it takes to curate and manage site-specific installations. Must be able to lift 50lbs.

  • Assist Art Team with Artist Coordination
  • Liaise between Artists and other individuals + groups, including other TF teams
  • As needed, be in regular communication with artists leading up to the fest
  • Address needs, questions, and concerns as they arise
  • Work with Art Team to ensure budgets are properly managed
  • Secure building permissions for art installations as needed
  • Work with T/F Production Team to help arrange installation schedule
  • Collect needed files for marketing purposes
  • Liaise with artists during festival weekend
  • Collect feedback from artists
  • Assist with the planning of and promote workshops + artist talks
  • Be informed about currently working artists, art collectives, and regional arts organizations and maintain a running contact list
  • Assist with installation + tear-down of Art Installations
  • Help maintain various Art Team documents
  • Other duties as needed

Time commitment:
5-10 hrs/week (spread out over 2-3 days/week, one weekend day preferred) starting October 1, through the fest (February 28 – March 3, 2019), plus approximately 15 post-fest hours.

Photo Intern

This savvy digital media connoisseur works with our photo coordinator and photo editor with post-processing and archiving of current and past festival photographs. This intern will engage in the fast-paced world of event documentation, including behind-the-scenes post-production, archiving, and team management.


  • Assist Photo Coordinator with:
    • Volunteer coordination: help Photo Coordinator screen applications for team volunteers and assist in developing training and communication with volunteers
    • Archival work: assist in maintaining extensive photo archive; responsible for metadata entry (keywording, crediting, captioning, etc) of past festival photographs; sort/organize image files into appropriate folders on Google Drive Misc. admin tasks: Updating photographer questionnaire and guide to documenting the Fest; create master keyword list and generic captions for events
    • Festival documentation: serve as a backup photographer both during the weekend of the Fest and select off-season happenings
    • Additional tasks as assigned by the Coordinator
  • Assist Photo Editor with:
    • Calendar/Schedule: create calendar with photo request entries (enter description for each request and what the photog needs to document)
    • Post-production during the Fest: collect RAW files from volunteer photographers; first round culling and applying of basic batch edits and captions to selected images; final detailed metadata entry before archiving
    • Additional tasks as assigned by the Editor


  • Working knowledge of Lightroom
  • Working knowledge or desire to learn Photomechanic for culling
  • Digital photography experience shooting in RAW format
  • Drive and determination to execute possibly tedious and repetitive tasks
  • Ability to work in a team environment AND ability to work independently when needed
  • Excellent attention to detail AND top-notch organizational skills for managing a large archive of images.

Time Commitment:

December 1 – March 15, approximately 5 hours a week, one day a week. Must be available the entirety of the weekend of the fest and the few days prior (Feb 27 – Mar 3, 2019).