Features & Shorts


True/False is a film festival in Columbia, Missouri, USA focused on cinema constructed from reality. When we watch films, we approach them as art. We open ourselves up to their sensorial and intellectual attributes, perking up when those elements truly surprise, challenge, and/or stimulate us, while also grappling with the ethical framework they present. We are skeptical of films that present humans in flat, simplistic ways, e.g. as experts, archetypes, or evidence, and films that reinforce traditional power structures, hateful, or hurtful stereotypes. We value imagination, risk-taking, and sensitivity. The art form we engage with is extremely young and we’re eager to encounter work that shows us new ways to instigate, to heal, to see and hear. A note on “creative nonfiction,” “docu-fiction,” and “hybrids”: Films are often slotted into two categories – documentary and fiction – but we believe that every film falls somewhere in between.


Submissions for the 2021 Fest open Thursday September 3, 2020 with a final deadline of Tuesday November 17, 2020. Rates and deadlines:

Features are defined as 40 minutes and above, shorts as less than 40 minutes.

Regular deadline: October 13 – features $50, shorts $30

Late deadline: November 17 – features $95, shorts $60

NB: fees valid until 11:59pm CST on deadline dates. 


Before you share your film with us, we ask that you read the following explanation of our screening process and submission requirements. *In light of the global pandemic, please bear in mind that our festival plans are shifting to meet the current moment. As definitive decisions are made about the shape the festival will take, we will update our website accordingly. 

Shorts, Features, and Everything In Between: Each year we screen around 40 feature-length projects and 25 short-form works. We are very open to mid-length films and series. *This year, we plan on a tighter film slate of roughly 10-20 features and 15-25 shorts.

Filmmaker Attendance: Be advised that we require filmmaker attendance for feature-length selections, for which we provide airfare and hospitality and an appearance stipend from our Pay the Artists! Fund. *This year, we will not require filmmaker attendance but will continue our Pay the Artists! Fund, following one of our core values to ensure the sustainability of independent filmmaking. 

Screening Process and Submission Fees: Please submit a direct link for us to view your work online, Vimeo, Frame.io, Dropbox, CineSend, etc. are all acceptable platforms. Please note that if your film is accepted to the festival, we will require a DCP to be made and sent to us by our print traffic deadline.

We charge a submission fee. The timetables and rates are outlined above. As rewarding as the screening process often is for our team, it nonetheless requires significant time and expense to undertake. Your submission fee makes it possible for us to fully consider every film, and pays for the process outlined below.

-Recruitment and training for screening committee members. Our programmers and screening committee members are a tight-knit unit, meeting regularly to discuss the art of filmmaking as well as host in-depth discussions on film submissions, programming philosophy, and how to best insure equity throughout our selections process.

-A member of the screening committee watches your film in full and evaluates the work in a written review that is then read and evaluated by a member of the programming staff for further inquiry.

-A personalized notification letter that acknowledges not just your name but what you’ve created.

-A dedicated and brilliant submissions coordinator on staff who oversees the entire pipeline, from macro to micro – answering questions from filmmakers and screeners, reading through your submission materials, assigning films, organizing screening committee meetings, participating in all programming meetings, ensuring notifications are sent, liaising with selected artists, and tracking single every step of the selection process up to the festival.

One of our main values at RFS is integrity. We practice decision-making, programming, and presentation with respect, accountability, and transparency. After you submit your application via the form below, please give us a few days to confirm receipt of your payment and your materials. We will email you a confirmation when your submission is in order. If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected]