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.

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.

Updated 11/28/2018

Child Care Coordinator

Overview: Are you excited about True/False?  Do you have experience working with kids ages 0-12? If working with kids, program coordination, and general organizing is something you do or would like to do professionally, we want to talk.  True/False is seeking support for the festival’s child care program.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Previous experience as a child care provider

  • Experience managing a team

  • Experience with program coordination

  • Organizational skills


  • Find, coordinate, train, and manage all care providers for TF’s child care program

  • Create schedules for care providers and for children

  • Ensure quality child care is provided

  • Working with Core Staff, plan for and oversee any needed set-up prior to the fest

  • Be on-site for the bulk of the program’s open hours

  • Be on-call for the entirety of the program’s open hours (approx 40 hours over the four days of the festival)

  • Work with a variety of others (Core staffers, sponsors, etc) to determine educational programming for children and schedule of said programming

  • Manage child check-in system

  • Other duties as needed

Time commitment: approximately 100 hours between pre-fest preparations and festival hours.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Child Care Coordinator and your resume. Send materials to Camellia Cosgray, Operations Director: camellia@truefalse.org.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2018. 



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 of the below True/False internships, please send a resume and cover letter to info@truefalse.org, 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.


Art Installations Internship

The Art Installations Intern will work closely with all members of the TF 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.

Duties include:

  • 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 TF 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 Oct 1, through the fest (March 1 - 4, 2018), plus approximately 15 post-fest hours.


Sustainability Internship

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.

Duties include: 

  • 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, 2017 through March 15, 2018. Approximately 2 hours per week November-January, 3-5 hours/week February, and 40-50 hours during the Fest (March 1-4). 


Stage Lighting Intern

We have high standards when it comes to presentation, be it projection, audio, seating, or lighting. In this role, you'll work with the Lighting Director to set the appropriate lighting mood around the festival footprint.

Duties include:

  • Design and build creative way to light Picturehouse lobby
  • organization and assistance during Fest
  • help rigging lighting transportation
  • taking charge and leading volunteers for light installation
  • Organization and inventory of electrical cables/ lighting equipment prior to and following the Fest
  • Lighting Maintenance prior to and after the fest 


  • Leadership
  • Creative design
  • Problem-solving
  • Efficiency
  • Background in theatre tech, film lighting, art or design

Time Commitment: Part-time hours (2 days a week for 8-10 hours) starting in February, and full availability during two weeks of the festival (week before, weekend of, and week after).  


Please contact info@truefalse.org with any general questions or to apply for any available Internship opportunities.