High School


Camp True/False offers an inside track through the Fest for 30-40 local high school students, including intimate meetings with filmmakers, critical-thinking workshops, and screenings of films that are curated specifically for them.

During the Fest, students attend 5-6 films, participate in breakout sessions led by Camp Counselors who are local film and arts majors, reflect on their own experience through a series of workshops, and engage in small group lunch conversations with filmmakers. Students will also have the opportunity to present an archived personal creative project, and reflect on the artistic process as it relates to discussions within the Fest.

Applications are closed for the 2022 season.

For questions about all things Camp, contact our Education Coordinator, Laura Votruba.


The 2022 Education Screening film was Step (T/F 2017), directed by Amanda Lipitz. 

The unique 2022 Education Screening took place at Jesse Hall, with a filmmaker Q&A on Thursday, March 3rd. All Columbia Public High School sophomores participated in this screening (approximately 1,400 students!), and had the chance to ask questions during the live Q&A.


Due to COVID-19, in person TLF assemblies did not take place during T/F 2021. We look forward to planning new ways for all our audiences to engage with the TLF film and subject(s).

Every year, the True Life Fund film representatives, often the director(s) and subject(s), visit all four Columbia Public High Schools: Douglass, Battle, Rock Bridge, and Hickman. At these assemblies, the director plays film clips and engages in discussion that includes the filmmaking process — from idea conception to screening and everything in between. Often, the students dedicate one of their spring fundraising campaigns to the True Life Fund.


We’re happy to work with students and educators to reserve a set of group tickets to a Fest film. The educational ticket buy is great for teachers who would like to attend a particular film with a class, or clubs and organizations who want to see a film as a group. Tickets are limited.

Interested groups should contact Education Coordinator, Laura Voturba, with any educational ticket requests. The film schedule is available HERE!


Of course, you can volunteer! There are plenty of teams that need enthusiastic, committed, responsible volunteers. Dive into the volunteer app or email [email protected] to learn more.


DIY Day will not take place during T/F 2022. We look forward to coming back stronger than ever in the future.

DIY Day is our specially crafted field trip for high school students on the Friday of the Fest. 125 students pan out across studios and creative spaces in Columbia’s North Village Arts District for an afternoon of hands-on workshops hosted by festival artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Students create their own “alternative career-day,” where they both learn about the artist’s work and how to craft a creative life. Afterwards, students and teachers gather to reflect on their experiences and prepare to join the raucous March March, True/False’s anyone-can-join parade. A list of DIY Day 2020 workshops can be found here.


In 2016, Columbia Public Schools, Ragtag Film Society, and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced a new, landmark, multi-year partnership that brought together film, the CPS curriculum, and teacher training, with the goal of incorporating more film and multimedia into their classrooms. From a deep dive into the world of filmmaking for CPS teachers during our summer Media Literacy Institutes and hosting class field trips at Ragtag Cinema and the entire CPS Sophomore class at the True/False Film Fest, to pivoting to virtual media literacy education through our Ragtag at Home film guides, over the past several years, we’ve had the opportunity to reach over 35 CPS high school teachers and thousands of students!

Building off the success of the RFS Media Literacy Initiative, we excitedly engage in creating the next iteration of our media literacy work, continuing our partnership with Columbia Public Schools and extending it across Missouri. In doing so, our primary goals to increase the presence of film in core classrooms, help teachers and students learn to read film as text, and to cultivate and enhance critical thinking skills as teachers and students practice analyzing new media, remain the same.

We believe that as we catapult into a world of ever-changing media, distribution platforms, and news outlets, we owe our students the skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers of media. They deserve the tools to think consciously about the ways their world is presented to them and the ways they present their world.

As media literacy is baked into the programming and very fabric upon which our organization was built, we are excited to continue this rich education within existing and future programming.

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Questions? Contact Director of Community Partnerships & Education, Faramola Shonekan.