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For opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala right before diving into the opening night film. Don your favorite Western wear, black tie, little black dress, or whatever makes you feel fashion-forward, and of course don’t forget your mask.  Stop by the cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

A late-night incendiary dance party where DJs spin the night into oblivion.


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). Free and open to the public. Led by our own King of Queens, Ron Ironic Ribiat. See more here.


A tradition as old as the fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables) that has nothing in common with the 1994 Gen X touchstone. Directly following the March March, step inside Missouri Theatre, Columbia Art League, and The Picturehouse theater to sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Enjoy wines from St. James Winery and beer brewed by our friends at Logboat & Public House — all finely crafted in Missouri. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment.


Gather round the hearth and come hear some stellar storytellers spin yarns in our cozy forest clearing. The evening’s spirit guide will be blues musician Samuel James on steel guitar, with six filmmakers/fabulists. Homemade s’mores will be served courtesy of Uprise Bakery, The Candy Factory, and The Wine Cellar & Bistro. 


In honor of True/False’s shorts filmmakers, we host an electric celebration 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. 


Bon vivant and raconteur Gabriel Williams leads rollicking tours of downtown art and curiosities, including many of True/False’s art installations.

Photo by Nate Compton


The Fête is our banquet to honor visiting filmmakers. Hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios and featuring artful culinary creations from Sycamore chef Mike Odette, a James Beard Award semifinalist. Enjoy delicious treats, hard cider, wine, and bubbly courtesy of St. James Winery; beer from Logboat, & Public House breweries; and hand-brewed coffee from Kaldi’s, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios.


America’s favorite documentary game show challenges the audience and 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.


This post-Chautauqua event gives attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the provocateurs. The High Tea spread is provided by Kaldi’s. What could be more provocative than tea and scones?


A common meal for all who attend the closing night film at Missouri Theatre. Catered by the stalwarts at Addison’s—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat & Public House breweries and St. James Winery. 


With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat & Public House), 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 in the lobby of Missouri Theatre as we throw an instant wake for True/False 2019. 


Swing your partner round and round in the atrium of Jesse Hall following the Closing Night screening. The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers will promenade you down the line as beer—courtesy of our friends at Logboat & Public House—and music flow, keeping the spirit of dance & T/F alive before it slumbers for another year. Live music will be provided by buskers; dancing shoes encouraged! 

Photo by Jon Asher


Come talk (free!) and eat waffles (not free!) at venerable breakfast joint Cafe Berlin, which for one night only will swing open its doors at 12:30am and stay cooking ’til the hungry hordes leave. Toasted’s sideshow is a free-wheeling talk show where Nicolas Rapold trades repartee with other critics for the Film Comment podcast. Slide your chair in to find out the weekend’s standouts.