Following is some good stuff to know and some commonly asked queries to help you dive into your festival experience!
The Box Office—located in the Sager Braudis Gallery at 1025 E. Walnut St—is our headquarters during the Fest. If you have any questions then, feel free to stop by for assistance. Hours of operation below. In the meantime, if you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly Box office team! Contact: 573.442.TRUE (8783), or [email protected]
Films screen at Jesse Auditorium; Missouri Theatre, presented by Simmons Bank; Showtime Documentary Films Theater @ The Blue Note; The Picturehouse (Missouri United Methodist Church); Gannett Hall; The Globe (First Presbyterian Church); and Ragtag Cinema. For complete venue information, see our venues page.
Please review the RFS health policy in place as of Sept 10, 2021. Health precautions are re-evaluated regularly to adapt to the local transmission rates of COVID-19. The same COVID vaccination requirements are expected to be in place for True/False 2022, and more detail, including masking requirements, will be determined and announced closer to the event.
BOX OFFICE / ADMISSION
A pass is the laminated badge that allows festival access. Detailed descriptions here! Passes cannot be shared. If you are a passholder, you’ll get to reserve tickets to ticketed screenings, concerts, or events in advance of the festival. All of your reserved tickets and any other automatic admission benefits will be stored on your pass’ barcode, which will be scanned at the venue for admission. Passes must be picked up at the T/F Box Office. A fee will be charged for lost/replacement passes.
If you are not a passholder, you may purchase individual tickets to online starting Saturday, February 19. A ticket is issued for one screening of a film, concert, or event, and, providing you show up on time, guarantees your space up to 15 minutes before start time.
Single film tickets are $15 at the Box Office, online, or at the door/Q. The closing-night film ticket is $17 at the Box Office (includes reception), $15 at the door/Q (no reception).
Student tickets are $10 at the Box Office for films at any venue and $10 at the Q for films at Jesse Auditorium, Missouri Theatre, and Showtime Documentary Films Theater @ The Blue Note. Students pay $15 at the Q for all other venues. Must present a valid student ID at time of purchase. Does not include the closing night film at Missouri Theatre.
Buying a pass is still the best way to experience all the myriad joys True/False has to offer. Different pass levels include different perks, but buying any pass allows you the key advantage of reserving tickets online in advance of the festival.
If you’ve purchased passes in the past, the site may look a bit different this year! In 2021, we adopted a new ticketing system that offers digital ticketing options. You might see some different words like “membership” instead of “passholder” or “member number” instead of “purchase code”. But in practice, the functionality is very similar and we’ll continue to give passholders step by step details for making ticket reservations in February.
All events/venues will allow cash for admission and purchase. Credit cards are accepted at all venues and the Box Office. Virtual tipping for buskers will also be available, primarily via Venmo.
Wednesday, Mar 2, 12pm–8pm: Passes & wristbands pickup only
Thursday, Mar 3, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup
Friday, Mar 4, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup
Saturday, Mar 5, 9am–10pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup
Sunday, Mar 6, 9am–5pm: General ticket sales & passholder pickup
Monday, Mar 7, 9am–5pm: Merch sales
First check online or at the Box Office to see if tickets are available. If tickets do remain, they will be sold online or at the Box Office until 30 minutes prior to the screening. After that, admission is managed at the venue. If a film goes NRT, empty seats will be filled at the venue via the Q.
NRT stands for “no reserve tickets” and means the available tickets have been reserved by passholders or purchased. However, there is still a good chance you can get in at the door. Inevitably, some people who reserve tickets don’t show up, and many seats are available via the “Q”!
The Q is your chance to get in at the door of a film for which you were unable to get an advance ticket. Beginning 60 minutes before a film, get a Q number from the Queen at the venue—look for the most flamboyant person you can find. (You may line up for a Q earlier, but we won’t give them out until one hour before the film.) With your Q number in hand, you can leave the venue to grab a coffee or a bite instead of waiting in line. Fifteen minutes prior to the film’s start, come back, find your spot in the Q, and venue staff will release available seats. If there are 15 open seats, numbers 1-15 in the Q will get in, etc. Don’t be late! If you return to the Q after your number is called, you’ll have to go to the back of the line. Passholders receive free admission; nonpassholders pay at the time of admission.
The Stay Up Late wristband gets you a taste of all the fun after dark without paying top dollar. Stay Up Late offers admission (space available) to all festival concerts, free admission via the Q to any films that start at 9pm or later, and admission to the @CTION Party and Buskers Last Stand. (It does not allow free ticket pickup at the Box Office.)
YES! Your Simple pass provided up to 10 reserved tickets prior to the Fest. However, once the Fest starts, you can come to the Box Office or go online and book additional tickets on your pass to any film that isn’t NRT, including Thursday screenings. You can also Q for free if you don’t have a ticket for a film.
Super and Silver Circle passholders have walk-up access for any screening at Jesse, Missouri Theatre, or Showtime Documentary Films Theater @ The Blue Note. Even without a ticket, as long as you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the film, you’re guaranteed admission.
At smaller venues, things work differently. To be guaranteed a seat at The Picturehouse, Gannett Hall, The Globe, or Ragtag Cinema, you must reserve tickets or get them from the Box Office and arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime. If you don’t have a ticket, show up at least 15 minutes early and find the Silver Circle bay (hint: look for a big silver circle; at Jesse, it is located near the theater entrance, and we recommend entering the building via the southeast side of the building). As seats are available, you’ll be let in ahead of the rest of the Q (but after ticket-holders and PTA patrons).
We have moved to a more digital ticketing system to allow for mobile ticketing and print from home tickets. (Tickets are going digital, but don’t worry, you still get a pretty pass to wear!) The fee helps us to provide this service, reduce touchpoints of possible germ transmission, and increase our sustainability efforts.
We understand that plans go awry, so if you find yourself unable to attend the Fest, we’re happy to issue a partial refund (but we’re sad you can’t join us).
Prior to ticket reservations opening in February, we can refund 50% of your pass purchase. No refunds will be issued after reservations have begun for your pass type. If the Fest is canceled due to events outside of our reasonable control, 50% of the pass price is non-refundable. Buying a pass for 2022 is, in part, a commitment to supporting the long-term survival of RFS! Refunds will not be given for ticket purchases online, at the Box Office, or via the Q.
Festival venues have wheelchair accessible entries, exits, restrooms, and access to public drinking water stations. We offer sign language interpretation to a few festival films, and those screenings are designated as such in the online schedule. Check the program book and online schedule for details about how to obtain assistive hearing devices at designated venues. Persons with a disability may arrive at and/or enter venues early if needed, to be seated (if you have a ticket). Please check in with the Venue Captain when you arrive at the venue.
More details about parking, shuttles, ASL interpretation, requesting accommodations, etc. can be found on our accessibility page.
During the festival, there is a merch store inside the T/F Box Office that is open during the same hours as the Box Office. Merch is also for sale at the Box Office on Monday, Mar 7, 9am-5pm. Additionally, there are merch stations at Jesse Hall and Missouri Theatre during the hours when film screenings take place in these venues.
Throughout the year, T/F merch can be purchased through our website.
No outside food is permitted in Fest venues. Some venues may have food/drink for purchase.
Recording any audio or video in any manner and through any medium is strictly prohibited in all theaters of the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Film Society. Anyone found to be making any such recording shall be subject to removal from the theater, revocation of any pass allowing entrance to the Fest without refund, confiscation of any equipment and storage media used in the recording and criminal and/or civil prosecution.
Yes. Please note our organizational Code of Conduct: Ragtag Film Society exists to captivate and engage communities in immersive arts experiences. We value inclusivity and encourage an atmosphere of festivity, free from hate, discrimination, and bigotry in all forms. Ragtag Film Society reserves the right to revoke, without notice or refund, passes, credentials, and/or access to the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema.