Thursday, Feb 29 / 5:15pm-6:30pm
Our interpretation of an opening night gala has it all: jubilant live music, a fanciful photobooth, creative comestibles provided by CACC culinary students, Shortwave coffee, and adult bevs courtesy of Broadway Brewery, Waves Cider Co, Logboat Brewing, and The Blufftop at Rocheport. The party flows between the theater lobby and the Fest’s palatial party pavilion on ninth street with food & beverage in both. Come wearing your favorite ballgown, bowtie, or CoMo couture—don’t forget your mask—and toast the 21st Fest prior to the screening of Agent of Happiness at the Missouri Theatre. Open to Center and above. PRESENTED BY SIMMONS BANK.
Thursday, Feb 29 / 10pm-1am
Newly renovated and outfitted with a 60-inch disco ball 10 Below @ Harpo’s plays host to the St. Louis-bred superpowers of Agile One & DJ Nico Marie. Our longtime Fest stalwart unites with the city’s hottest new performer to connect on an expressive excursion of hip-hop, house and pop. Join your friends, old and new, for the starting block of the weekend’s nightlife theater. Ticket required.
Friday, Mar 1 / 4:45pm-5:15pm
March Missouri merrily into March at this all-ages, community-wide parade that many call the highlight of the Fest year. Costumes encouraged, unironic glee required (just no advertising, politicking, or motorized vehicles). This raucous spectacle is led by our own King of Queens, Ron iRONic Ribiat. Free and open to the public.
Friday, Mar 1 / 5:00pm-6:30pm
A tradition as old as the Fest itself, Reality Bites is our communal breaking of bread (and other delectables). Directly following the March March, let the revelry flow right into The Sculpture Yard and the theater lobby where you can sample tastes from a wide array of Columbia’s best restaurants. Enjoy wine from Les Bourgeois Vineyards brought to you by The Blufftop at Rocheport, beer brewed by Logboat Brewery and Broadway Brewery, and cider from Waves Cider Co. while listening to the sweet tunes of T/F musicians! Open to Center and above.
Friday, Mar 1 / 9pm-10:20pm
Huddle around the Campfire at Hexagon Alley for an evening of storytelling guided by musical host Tonina. Thomas Charles Hyland (This is Going to be Big), Sumira Roy (Obsolete) and Brian Becker (Time Bomb Y2K, T/F 2023) —among others—share tales about the trials and tribulations of the creative process. S’mores bark provided by Hexagon Alley. Ticket required. PRESENTED BY AGILE TICKETING SOLUTIONS
Short Circuit Party
Fri, Mar 1 / 10:30pm-1am
This evening’s late-night festivity gives our attending shorts filmmakers some much-deserved limelight. As the evening’s VIPs, you’ll need to chat them up to get a drink ticket for beer, wine, or one of DogMaster’s signature cocktails. Music provided by SUPERWOLF (aka Jimmy Trotter). Open to Super/Silver Circle. PRESENTED BY 30 FOR 30
Saturday, Mar 2 / 10:30am-11:30am // Sunday, Mar 3 / 10:30am-11:30am
Join Art Installations Curator, Sarah Nguyen as she takes you through a guided walking tour of the public art installations with insight, intention, and inspiration. Free & open to the public.
Saturday, Mar 2 / 4pm-6pm
Hosted by our friends at Orr Street Studios, the Fête is our banquet to honor visiting fimmakers and fellows featuring sweet and savory offerings from Ozark Mountain Biscuit Co. Enjoy wine courtesy of Les Bourgeois Vineyard, brought to you by The Blufftop at Rocheport; beer from Logboat Brewery and Broadway Brewery, cider from Waves Cider Co., and hand-brewed coffee from Shortwave Coffee—all while gazing upon new work by the artists of Orr Street Studios. Open to Super/Silver Circle passholders; ticket included in packet.
Saturday, Mar 2 / 10pm-Midnight
America’s most raucous documentary game show, hosted by Brian Babylon, a Chicago-born comic who can be found on “Why? with Hannibal Buress” and “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”, is back again to surprise and delight loyal audiences, and convert new disciples fans left, right, and center. Local filmmakers try to stump a panel of Fest filmmakers with their entirely true or entirely false 2 minute shorts. Ticket required. PRESENTED BY MO FILM OFFICE
Closing Night Reception
Sunday, Mar 3 / 5:30pm-7pm
Prior to A Photographic Memory at the Missouri Theatre on Sunday evening, enjoy one last snapshot of the full T/F 2024 experience with this final reception — now catered for nineteen years by the stalwarts at Addison’s restaurant. The drinks flow courtesy of Les Bourgeois Vineyards on The Blufftop at Rocheport, beer brewed by Logboat Brewery and Broadway Brewery, or cider from Waves Cider Co, plus Shortwave coffee for those who need a boost. Ticket required. PRESENTED BY ADDISON’S AMERICAN GRILL
Monday, Mar 4 / Midnight-2:30am
Wind down from T/F 2024 with old friends, new mates and food. Stay “Up All Night w/ Kyle & Tony”, as the local airwave provocateurs and routine Toasted troublemakers provide the ultimate farewell to the Fest. Open to all; admission is free, waffles are not.
Please note, events that require reserved ticket are available for passholders only.