Industry Guide

Welcome. We’re so glad you’ll be joining us for True/False 2020. The following is a guide to making the most of your T/F experience. Whether you are attending for the first time or consider Columbia, Missouri a home away from home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions not covered below!

Also, don’t forget to register via our new Industry Registration Form, which gives you access to industry-specific components of the festival!



The most frequently purchased passes for attending industry are Lux and Silver Circle. Both will allow unlimited ticket reservations in advance of the festival, but the latter will allow you smoother, priority access to the Fest, and is the closest thing we have to your typical P&I-type pass. A Silver Circle pass includes invites to all fest parties, and with its walk-up privileges at the three largest fest venues, and a priority line at all smaller venues, allows more flexibility in accessing screenings, should you deviate from your ticketed schedule. If you haven’t already, purchase your pass here.

Note – all T/F pass levels allow you to reserve advance tickets. Once you purchase your pass, you’ll receive a detailed email about when and how to go about reserving tickets via this website. Each pass type has its reservation window, all of which open at 6pm US Central time. To make the most of your Fest experience, we strongly encourage you to make ticket reservations as early as you can! If you forget, or need to make a change, we will make every effort to accommodate those requests in person at the T/F Box Office once ticket sales open (Thursday, March 5 at 9AM).

See above: Lux ($225) and Silver Circle ($565) are likely the two pass levels you’ll want to choose between. Need to focus on scouting a full slate of films? Lux could serve you well. Want to make sure you’ve got flexibility in your screening schedule so you can hold plenty of meetings too? We’d nudge you toward Silver Circle. And if, prior to the festival, you need to reassign your pass to someone else from your office who needs to come in your stead, no problem. We can change that for you easily. But T/F passes are intended for use by one individual, and the weekend-of the Fest they are not shareable.

We have a generous refund policy: prior to your pass level’s ticket reservation window, we will give you a full refund. Following that ticket reservation window opening (so, Feb 19 for Silver Circle, and Feb 21 for Lux), we can give you a 50% refund. No refunds are offered after February 26.



If you can fly into the Columbia Regional Airport (COU), do! It’s close, it’s cute, and it’s convenient! Connect to COU via Chicago or Dallas (on American) or Chicago or Denver (on United). More likely, especially on those international flights, you’ll be coming into St. Louis (STL) or Kansas City (MCI). Both are great options, both require about a 2 hour car or shuttle ride to get you the rest of the way to us here in Columbia. Mo-X is the go-to airport shuttle.

True/False’s footprint is contained: nothing is more than a 15-20 minute walk; most venue distances are closer to 5-10 minute walks. We have eight screening venues (& nine screens) ranging in size from 65 to 1700 seat theaters, as well as several music venues, pop-up art installations around town, and a transmedia arcade. For a map of Columbia and our fest venues, restaurants, and bus stops, see the festival map, here.

True/False partners with several area hotels that we recommend for attending industry. The Broadway, and the Tiger Hotel are both in downtown Columbia, right in the middle of the action. Not downtown, but conveniently on our shuttle route is the Drury Plaza Hotel (about 10 minutes from downtown).

We’re constantly working on partnerships and collaborations with industry groups, fellowships, and filmmaker-support programs to attend True/False 2020. Over the next few months, we’ll post an updated list of industry partners on this page. If you’re interested in bringing an industry group to True/False, please get in touch with us to inquire about potential resources for your group.

Educational institutions (high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs) and non-profits can read about opportunities here–we have an entire dedicated educational team at T/F to support programs that would like to visit the Fest.



For a list of some of our fave CoMo eats & drinks, check out the bottom of our travel page: many of our partnering restaurants have festival discounts or specials.

We do not have a video library, nor screening spaces for rent. We prefer that industry attend public screenings along with our enthusiastic Midwestern audiences. We hope you will enjoy the atmosphere more than you’ll miss the control of private viewing; we find the audience is an important part of the experience of the film that’s not replicable in a library. We also have high standards of projection quality, and aim to present each invited film in its best light (and sound).

True/False will distribute a P&I list to those who opt in through our Industry Registration form.

We partner with many wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars, and hotels, and encourage you to utilize their spaces for meetings. If additional meeting spaces become available, we’ll update those who register as industry via our registration form!

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.