This page contains all Fest accessibility information and, when the schedule is announced, we will list the film screenings with ASL interpretation and accessibility features below. Each and every year we strive to make the Fest more accessible and are excited to continue offering accessibility features including audio description, closed captioning, open captioning, and ASL interpretation for an increasing number of films. 

The festival footprint is relatively compact. The two film venues that are furthest apart are less than three-quarters of a mile away from each other, and most fest venues are even closer; just a few blocks apart.

Accessible Parking

The City of Columbia will waive the hourly limit for accessible metered parking during the festival to accommodate those who want to grab a bite and catch a show (note that ADA hang tags will continue to be enforced, and normal parking meter fees apply).

Venue Accessibility

All film and public special event venues have wheelchair accessible entries, exits, restrooms, and access to Fest-provided drinking water stations. Festival staff are happy to provide needed assistance, and venue management (Venue Captains and Assistant Venue Captains) are specifically trained to provide exceptional assistance for persons with disabilities. For assistance, please check in with venue staff when you arrive at the venue. Persons with disabilities may arrive at a venue and/or enter a venue early if needed, either to be seated (if you have a ticket) or to wait in a seat in the lobby if you are using the Q.

Wheelchair Seating

All venues have wheelchair seating available. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check in with the Venue Captain when you arrive at the venue. Limited accessible seating is available at Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, and Ragtag Cinema, while other venues have more movable seating options. Companion seating is available at all theaters; all companions must have a ticket or use the Q.

Assisted Listening Devices/Audio Description

All film venues provide a limited number of assistive listening devices for audio amplification and audio description. Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To access listening devices, check in with venue staff when you arrive. If you anticipate using an assisted listening device, we recommend reaching out to us before the Fest so we can reserve a device for you. Due to the nature of independent filmmaking, most films shown at the Fest are not formatted for audio description.

ASL Interpretation

We offer sign language interpretation at select festival Q&As and events; those screenings and events are designated as such in the schedule. Noted by the icon on the left.

Captioning + Subtitles

Films with open (on screen) captions will have one screening dedicated to open captioning when possible. The 2024 films with available open and closed captioning will be listed below as soon as they are available.

All film venues offer personal closed-captioning devices. These devices are equipped with high-contrast displays and easy-to-read screens that attach to your seat and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These films are noted both in our program and online. Please note that not all films will have closed captioning. See a Venue Captain to obtain and set up a device. 

Because of the large number of foreign-language films that we program each year, more than half of the festival films are subtitled. Please note that these films are subtitled, not captioned. These are also designated as such on the schedule, both in our program book and online. Noted by icon to the right.

QUESTIONS? For more information about festival accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Operations Director Grace Piontek at [email protected], or call us at: 573.442.8783.

Included here is a recent map that highlights the venues with assisted listening devices, indicate where the main entrance is for each venue, and in those cases where the main entrance is not accessible, we will note where the accessible entrance is located. Click here for a downloadable PDF. This map will be also available in our program booklet, for easy access during the festival weekend.


Flying Lessons
Girls State
Look Into My Eyes
Seeking Mavis Beacon




Friends on the Outside

Girls State



Background // Fri, Mar 1 / 7:30 PM / The Globe 

Campfire Stories | Special event (non-film)  // Friday, Mar 1 / 9:00 PM / Hexagon Alley 

As the Tide Comes In // Fri, Mar 1 / 10:15 PM / Missouri Theatre 


Agent of Happiness // Sat, Mar 2 / 9:45 AM / The Blue Note

A Band of Dreamers and a Judge // Sat, Mar 2 / 2:30 PM / Willy Wilson at Ragtag  

Girl State | Show Me True/False // Saturday, Mar 2 / 2:30 PM / Jesse 

The Other Profile // Sat, Mar 2 / 5:15 PM / Willy Wilson at Ragtag 

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano // Sat, Mar 2 / 8:15 PM / Big Ragtag 

As the Tide Comes In // Sat, Mar 2 / 8:45 PM / The Globe 

Background // Sat, Mar 2 / 10:00 PM / Willy Wilson at Ragtag 

SUNDAY, March 3rd

Agent of Happiness // Sun, Mar 3 / 12:30 PM / The Blue Note

There Was, There Was Not // Sun, Mar 3 / 3:00 PM / Willy Wilson at Ragtag 

As the Tide Comes In // Sun, Mar 3 / 3:30 PM / Jesse Auditorium