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 challenge and/or stimulate us, while also grappling with the ethical framework they present. We can’t truly know the relationship between the film and the sliver of the world it engages with, but we try our best to suss it out and are especially suspicious of films that present humans in flat, simplistic ways, e.g. as experts, as archetypes, as evidence. We value imagination, risk-taking, and sensitivity. The art form we engage with is extremely young; there is still so much room for it to grow. We’re eager to encounter work that shows us how cameras and microphones can be used in reality: new ways to instigate, to heal, to see and hear. A note on “hybridity,” “in-betweenness,” “chimeras,” etc: The film market has rather unimaginatively lumped films into two categories – documentary and fiction – but we believe that every film falls somewhere in between. If your film is traveling in the market as ‘fiction,’ but you believe it makes sense for True/False based on the perspective described above, please consider sharing it with us.


Submissions for the 2021 Fest open Tuesday September 1, 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.   


Vimeo is the preferred film submission format for True/False

  • For prescreening: Online Screeners (Vimeo, et al), or DVD (ideally NTSC, region 1 or region free)
  • For exhibition: DCP (if we love your film, we will find a way to screen it!)


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 plans are currently in flux and some of our policies may need to adjust. As definitive decisions are made about the shape the festival will take, we will update the following 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 films whose running times do not conform to traditional distinctions of “feature” and “short.”

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.

Screening Process and Submission Fees: We hope we’ve given you a good sense of our mission as a programming team. If you’re still interested in submitting, this is how our system works.

We charge a submission fee. 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.

-Training for screening committee members. Our programmers and screening committee members are a tight-knit unit, meeting one-on-one to discuss how the process is going, as well as on a weekly basis in the True/False office to watch and discuss films together, how to watch rough cuts, etc.

-A member of the screening committee watches your film in full, processes it, and evaluates it in a written review.

-The programming team reads the screening committee’s review of your film and your submitted materials before deciding how to proceed, and, in many instances, watching themselves

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

-A submissions coordinator who oversees this entire process, answering questions from filmmakers and screeners, reading through your materials, assigning movies, ensuring notifications are sent.

If you are able and want to be assured your film is considered with integrity, we advise you to go through this system by filling out the form below. And as always, alumni (directors, editors, producers, cinematographers) can submit with the waiver code ALUMNI

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]