Festival Jobs

Want to work for the Fest? The 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.

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 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.

Get a sense of the Fest by watching our daily recap videos and, of course, scouring the rest of the website.

Current Listings



Community Partnership Coordinator

Position Overview: True/False's mission is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of nonfiction films, including ones that imaginatively engage – and even transform – the real world. We are also dedicated to being a welcoming event for people from a wide range of backgrounds and points of view. In year 16, we recognize that we are transitioning from a makeshift project to a sustainable, cultural institution. In doing that, we aim to put access, diversity, equity, and parity front and center in everything that we do. Behind this brand-new position is the intention to be more inclusive across demographic lines, and we're looking for someone with the vision, drive, and curiosity to help lead the way. The right candidate will cultivate deep relationships with stakeholders in our local community so as to help the festival better mirror it, including the makeup of Fest staffing, projects, volunteers, and audiences. In addition to building and maintaining alliances with local groups, the Community Partnership Coordinator will help strengthen our national program for hosting emerging filmmakers.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Craft and implement improved local outreach strategies
  • Identify barriers to festival participation + potential adaptations to cultural differences, then work closely across the T/F team to implement improvements
  • Serve as lead contact for local groups and visiting colleges/universities.
  • Work as part of the T/F Education team on a burgeoning festival program that offers an organized track through the fest including mentorship for student filmmaker groups
  • Organize events during the festival for participating groups
  • Organize and coordinate the True/False Student Symposium
  • Work with staff on developing measurements to determine success

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Highly organized, attentive to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Superb interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence
  • Experience working with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Self-driven individual with the desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • Local knowledge and relationships are preferred, but not required

Compensation and Culture: This role is a 15-hour-a-week, 38-week-a-year position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, a generous amount of time off, and a collaborative culture.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Community Partnership Coordinator, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Paul Sturtz, [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until August 15, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.



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.

Sustainability Intern

The Sustainability Intern is passionate about reusing, reducing, and recycling, has experience coordinating green initiatives, and is excited to creatively and pro-actively make T/F greener! This outgoing, organized human can think on their feet, is able to work independently AND as a team leader, doesn't mind late nights or getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.


  • Assist the Sustainability Coordinator and other TF staff and volunteers to decrease the Fest’s environmental impact
  • Assist with recruitment and management of volunteers for the Sustainability Team
  • Work with TF Staff, as well as City and MU sustainability staff and offices, to evaluate, measure, and increase the Fest’s sustainability
  • Assist the Sustainability Coordinator in growing the T/F Recycling + Composting programs
  • Assist the Sustainability Coordinator in marketing the program for festgoers, volunteers, and staff
  • Additional duties as needed

Time commitment:

November 1, 2018 through March 15, 2019. Approximately 2hrs/week November-January, 3-5hrs/week February, and 40-50 hours during Fest weekend Wednesday, February 27 - March 3.


Theater Operations Intern

This multi-faceted guru works with our Theater Operations Management Team to keep 8 screening venues (9 screens total) running with creative solutions to logistical problems. Must absolutely love logistical planning, worst-case scenarios, attendee traffic flow solutions, and working with volunteers and the general public. This internship is a challenging mix of public relations, theater operations, volunteer coordination, and general festival logistics.


  • Assist in planning Venue Captain, Assistant Venue Captain, Stage Manager, Queen, and general theater operations volunteer training sessions
  • Assist Venue Captains, Assistant Venue Captains, Stage Managers, and Queens leading up to and during the fest
  • Help meet last-minute volunteer needs when volunteers do not show up for shifts during the festival
  • Assist in updating and publishing the volunteer manual and other volunteer training materials
  • Assist Operations Director and Production Manager in working with the Events Team to create a workable plan for integrating Theater Operations/Events where needed during the festival
  • Serve as communication hub for Theater Operations and Events (as related to implementation at venues) during the festival; ensure that events integrate seamlessly with all theater operations during the festival
  • Work with Operations Director, Production Manager, and Technical Director to ensure all theaters are ready to open for screenings
  • Assist MOTO/aMOTO in developing and creating venue-specific manuals for each venue, including collecting and printing documents
  • Inventory and assemble venue supply boxes for the week of the festival
  • Work with MOTO/aMOTO to assemble wrap notes from Venue Management Staff
  • Other tasks as assigned

Time Commitment:

Must be available the entirety of weekend of the fest (Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2019) and the few days prior, be able to participate in several logistical/planning meetings during the months of November 2018 through February 2019 and for two staff/volunteer trainings in January and February.




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



Ads Coordinator Intern

The Ads Coordinator Intern will work closely with all members of the T/F Sponsorship Team and the Graphic Design team to ensure delivery and placement of all festival sponsors logos and program book ads. We are looking for someone with strong customer service skills, who is organized, attentive to detail, and very responsive via email. They will get the opportunity to engage with working professionals from all over Columbia (and beyond), and will learn first-hand what it takes to manage a publication, practice wrangling many deliverables, and juggling many clients at once. *Minimal graphic design skills a plus: adding logos to website, editing if needed


Time commitment:

5-10 hrs/week (spread out over 2-3 days/week) starting September 17, 2018, increasing to 10-15 hrs/week in January 2019 through program week (February 9 - 18, 2019), plus approximately 15-20 hours during the Fest (February 28 - March 3, 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.