True/False offers a heightened four-day weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town of Columbia, Missouri (our hometown) into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Creative placemaking means the festival develops the talents and focuses the energy of the region. We seek out the most creative, energetic people and then 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.

This is an extraordinarily vital time for nonfiction filmmaking as an artistic form. Our mission is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of creative nonfiction. 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. Herein are the ingredients for a revolutionary new alloy, the future of an urgent art.

True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema are programs of the 501c3 not-for-profit organization, the Ragtag Film Society. Our mission: to champion independent film and media art and to serve film communities both locally and globally.  



True/False believes in our responsibility to future generations to do what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community. Our mid-Missouri home is a beautiful place, and we’re pleased to have your help keeping our shared space a sublime place to discover beauty and art.  True/False's sustaibility mission is sponsored by Hy-Vee. 

Reducing & Reusing & Recycling Starting this year, True/False is going straw free and encouraging local restaurants to do the same. Additionally, Camp True/False will be passing on disposables and switching to reusable plates and flatware. These dishes will cover four meals for over 100 students and prevent the need for nearly 450 place-settings. The City of Columbia’s Solid Waste Utility provides additional recycling bins and dumpsters dispersed throughout downtown and monitored by the Green Team. Fest-goers are encouraged to recycle all glass, aluminum, plastics labeled 1-7, and paper products. By paying extra attention to what attendees tossing and where, T/F can reduce our landfill contribution. Food waste is mpost is directed away from the landfill and over to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.  

Greener Transportation True/False is a centrally located, walkable, bikeable, mass transit accessible Fest. Out-of-town guests are encouraged to rent bikes from local shops and are provided additional bike parking racks by GetAbout Columbia. Bike riders can stop by a bike check station for free tune-ups, safety tips, and inspections compliments of Walt’s Bike Shop. T/F has partnered with Go COMO to provide free public transportation on city buses during the weekend as well as a special T/F venue route.

Hydration Water refill stations will be offered at most venues, courtesy of Ecowater Systems. Also, many places around town, including Kaldi’s Coffee, offer a discount for using refillable mugs.

Solar Stations and Solar Education Booth Solar-powered lighting will illuminate discussions at hubs in the Fest’s Sculpture Yard on South Ninth Street, courtesy of Missouri Solar Applications, LLC.

Green Artistry we take Zero Waste one creative step further- our installations and materials management team are experts in repurposing supplies and materials, integrating found and recycled supplies and art pieces from previous years into inspiring new displays. We remake, repurpose, and offer unique items for sale in our T/F merch store, and welcome local artisans to join us in our quest to reduce our waste. We’re happy to connect artists, creators, and makers with individuals, businesses, and organizations who have unwanted or surplus materials to donate.
Spread the Word Truth be told, we can’t achieve our sustainability goals alone. You can help us reach our goals by participating in our Zero Waste goal, by volunteering on our Green Team, or, if you’re one of our partners, supporters, or sponsors, by adopting a greener goal of your own. Commit to reducing or diverting waste from your organization, traveling lighter, or making an investment in local projects that enrich the environment or enhance renewable energy sources.