Thursday / 5:30PM / Missouri Theatre

For opening night, we kick off the festivities with a masquerade gala at the Missouri Theatre right before diving into the sweeping vistas of The Rider. 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. Merriment spills out onto Ninth Street under the Fest’s palatial party pavilion, where you can sample culinary creations from bleu Events and Fresh Ideas. In the Theatre lobby, enjoy scrumptious bites prepared by the students of the Columbia Area Career Center.  Stop by the Pinckney Bend and Flor de Caña cocktail stations scattered throughout, each featuring a handcrafted libation (of vodka, gin, rum or whiskey) created by one of Columbia’s finest bartenders.

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

Thursday / 10:00PM / FieldHouse

Returning to Thursday night, this legendary party reimagines a downtown Columbia landmark. Artists transform the space into a whiskey-laced wonderland where you can dance the night away to the bass-heavy beats of Lavender Graves and suicideyear. 

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


Friday, Mar 2 / 5:15PM / Boone County Courthouse Square

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.


Friday / 5:30PM / The Picturehouse & Missouri Theatre

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, and Rock Bridge — all finely crafted in Missouri. Happy buskers will fill the room(s) with merriment. 

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


Friday / 9:45PM / Firestone Baars Chapel

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. 

Reserved ticket required; open to all passholders.


Friday / 10:30PM / Silverball Bar

In honor of True/False’s 24 shorts filmmakers, we host an electric celebration at the local barcade 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. Pinball is free and encouraged. 

Open to Super, Silver, and Guests/Artists. 



Saturday / 12:00PM & 2:30PM / Box Office
Sunday / 12:00PM & 2:30PM / Box Office

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

Free and open to the public.

Photo by Nate Compton


Saturday / 4:00PM / Orr Street Studios

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, and Rock Bridge breweries; and hand-brewed coffee from Kaldi’s, all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios. 

Ticket required; open to Super Circle and Silver Circle passholders. 



Saturday / 10:00PM / Showtime Theater at The Blue Note

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. Hosted by Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who is a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly news quiz show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” 

Ticket required. 



Sunday / 11:00AM / Rhynsburger Theatre

This post-Chautauqua event gives attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the provocateurs in the art gallery, featuring Guigen Zha’s MFA Exhibition. The High Tea spread is provided by Kaldi’s. What could be more provocative than tea and scones?

Open to Chautauqua ticket-holders and Supers & Silvers only.


Sunday / 6:00PM / Missouri Theatre

A common meal for all who attend The Price of Everything at Missouri Theatre. Catered for the 15th year in a row by the stalwarts at Addison’s—the drinks flow courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, Rock Bridge breweries and St. James Winery. 

Ticket required; the film ticket includes the reception.



Sunday / 9:00PM / Missouri Theatre

With a tear and a beer (courtesy of Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge), 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 T/F 2018 following the Q&A after The Price Of Everything

No ticket required; open to all passholders.


Sunday / 9:30PM / Jesse Auditorium

Swing your partner round and round in the atrium of Jesse Hall following the Closing Night screening of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers will promenade you down the line as beer—courtesy of our friends at Logboat, Public House, and Rock Bridge—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! 

No ticket required; open to all passholders.

Photo by Jon Asher


Monday / 12:30AM / Cafe Berlin

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. 

Free and open to the public