Events & Parties


For our opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at Missouri Theatre right before diving into the opening night film. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites & cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


In 2020 this legendary party moves to The Atrium on Thursday night. Artists transform the space into a surprise-filled wonderland where you can dance the night away to transcendent sounds.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle, Lux passholders & Stay Up Late


A convivial reception spotlighting each short film program with eponymous complimentary beverages. Attendees can ask questions one-on-one and indulge in the titular libations. A True/False programmer will be present at each Q(uench) & A(nswer) to introduce filmmakers and briefly facilitate discussion. 

Open to ticket-holders of the preceding screening, as well as Super/Silver Circle passholders.


What better way to encourage the tremulous start of spring than to lead by example and march into March? To bring this month in like a lion, we invite one and all to join, dress in costume, ride your bike, whatever you’d like (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat.

Free and open to the public, read all about it.


A tradition as old as the fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables). Directly following the March March, step inside Missouri Theatre, the Columbia Art League, and The Picturehouse lobbies to sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment.

No ticket required; open to Super/Silver Circle and Lux passholders.


Gather round the hearth and come hear some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing.

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.


In honor of True/False’s shorts filmmakers we host an electric celebration at Columbia’s newest, most imPRESSive rooftop bar in which they hold court (or in this case, drink tickets). Spark up a conversation and maybe if you ask nicely they’ll offer you a round. 

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders.


A mind-expanding poetic improvisation masquerading as a conventional downtown walking tour, The Ramble returns in 2019, stranger than ever. Longtime fest favorite Gabriel Williams is back to host this unclassifiable experience, which is designed to highlight T/F’s numerous art installations while quietly becoming one itself. 

Free and open to the public.


The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting Fimmakers. Hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios and featuring culinary creations from Sycamore. Enjoy delicious treats as well as hard cider, wine, bubbly & beer, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios.

Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders; ticket included in packet.


America’s favorite documentary game show challenges the audience plus a panel of esteemed contestants to determine truthiness. Local non-professional filmmakers attempt to fool seasoned directors by presenting their totally true or totally false two-minute docs.

Ticket required; general admission via the Q.


Bright and early on spring forward morning, shake the sleep from your eyes with breakfast & a mindbending doc. We promise all the coffee you can drink.

Ticket required for breakfast plus film; general admission via the Q is to the film only.


A common meal for all who attend the closing night film at Missouri Theatre. 

Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception.


With a tear and a beer (hey, please, finish that beer inside), the festival ends as the last air escapes the bellows of the accordion, trumpet, and megaphone. Link arms with your festival friends and join True/False’s own second line under the stars in our Art Yard on Ninth (and for those who prefer a quieter farewell, in the lobby of Missouri Theatre), as we throw an instant wake for the festival.

No ticket required; theater lobby open to passholders & those with a ticket to the closing night film; Sculpture Yard open to all, weather permitting.


As festgoers chow down on breakfast food, filmmakers and film critics fight for their chance to appear on the famed Film Comment podcast, being recorded live on stage by the publication’s ever-astute editor Nicolas Rapold.

Open to all; admission is free, breakfast is not.