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: Ragtag Film Society is in search of a highly organized and detail-oriented person to serve as our Art Installation Coordinator for the 2021 festival. S/he/they will be enlisted to help transform downtown Columbia by recruiting and facilitating artists to create large scale installation, venue designs, and numerous other multimedia endeavors.

Duties Include:

  • Working directly with the Programming team to curate and execute the 2021 Art Installations line-up
  • Assist with promoting the Fest Calls to Artists, including research and staying informed about currently working artists, art collectives, and regional arts organizations and maintaining a running contact list
  • Reviewing Art installation submissions
  • Attending Curation and Art Team meetings
  • Coordination of invited Fest Visual Artists, including managing installation and other logistical considerations and details
  • Assist with installation and tear-down of Art 
  • Work with Production Manager to manage Art storage/maintenance
  • Assist with copy and materials needed for website and program
  • Help maintain T/F Art’s online presence

Required Skills:

  • Has experience with art handling, production, and installation
  • Has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Has experience managing or contributing to social media accounts (Facebook, instagram, etc.)

Compensation and Culture: This role is a seasonal 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 $3,000-4,000. The Art Installations Coordinator will ideally start in mid-November, whether remote or residing in Columbia. If the right candidate does not live in Columbia, they must be willing to relocate to Columbia, MO, for a minimum of 2.5 months (roughly mid-March through mid-May, 2021).

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Art Installations Coordinator, a resume with references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Arin Liberman, Co-Custodian, at: [email protected] Applications will be accepted through November 10, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.


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!