True/False is a film festival in Columbia, Missouri, USA focused on cinema constructed from reality. Starting in September and continuing through the end of the year, hundreds of nonfiction films of all kinds (from works of conventional reportage to the avant-garde) will pour in from all around the world, and all of them will be viewed at least once, some several times, by members of the True/False Screening Committee. The primary job of a screener is to thoughtfully view and correctly identify films of interest to the True/False programming team.
Our screening committee are literal gatekeepers – often the first people to critically consider a new film. We take this role extremely seriously. 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.
All True/False Film Fest screeners are required to watch and write reviews for a total of 50 films over the course of 5 months between September and December, keeping up with a pace of about 4-5 films (a mix of features and shorts) per week. Your role and reviews are absolutely critical to our programming process as we seek thoughtful screeners who can recognize filmmaking talent and potential, pointing us towards exciting new work.
In response to this year’s extraordinary circumstances, we are seizing this opportunity to both widen and diversify our screener pool – including new voices and engaging screeners located both in and outside of the Midwest. We offer a festival pass or a $200 stipend to all screeners who complete their 50 film assignment by the internal screening deadline. There are also hour-long digital screening committee meetings every other week to go over a chosen film, discus, and build community.
The 2020-2021 screening committee application is now closed. Please check back in the spring of 2021 to inquire about future openings.
If you have any questions about applications or the screening process, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected]