On Feb. 27 the True/False Film Festival will begin. The documentary film festival, started in 2003, is located in downtown Columbia. Recently named by Time as one of the “Top 50 Cultural Experiences to try in 2014,” the festival offers concerts, panels, parties and free food. Running from Feb. 27 to March 2, this an event you won’t want to miss. Being new to the festival can seem a little intimidating, so here is your guide to the ins and outs of the True/False Film Festival.
What You Need to Know
Tickets: Tickets for all films will be on sale at the True/False Box Office (1020 E Broadway) at noon on Thursday, Feb. 27. Tickets (excluding the closing night film) will be $6 for students with a valid student ID. For further ticket information, click here.
If you can’t make it to the box office, there is a possibility to get in through the “Q” system. Beginning 60 minutes prior to the start of a film, eager movie-goers can get a “Q” number from the “Queen” at the venue. With your “Q” number in hand, you can leave the venue to grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat instead of being bound to a line.
15 minutes prior to the start of the film, you resume your place in line and the house manager will release available seats five minutes prior to the start of the film. If there are 15 seats left, 1 through 15 in the “Q” will get in, etc.
Films: There will be plenty of opportunities to view films with over 47 films showing on multiple days and times. In addition to full length documentaries, there will be short films and live music. Films will begin screening Feb. 27 and last through March 2.
For a full schedule of all films and events and their location, click here.
A list of all films and their locations, dates, times and descriptions can be found here.
Other events: If you aren’t interested in film, don’t worry. The festival offers much more. Below is a list of events going on outside of the films. A list of all events and their dates, times and locations can be found here.
The True Life Run is a 5K run/walk. It will begin 9 a.m. March 1 at Flat Branch Park. Register here until 10 p.m. Feb. 28 for $25. After that you can register on-site Saturday morning for $30. The entry fee includes the run, official T-shirt and breakfast at the end. Proceeds from the True Life Run will be donated to T/F’s philanthropic effort, the True Life Fund.
Concerts run throughout the festival. There will be free concerts at 2 p.m. March 1 and 2 inside Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream. The last concert of the festival, Buskers Last Stand, is free to the public. It starts at 9:45 p.m. March 2 inside the Missouri Theatre. For concerts at Eastside Tavern, Blue Fugue and Cafe Berlin, there is a charge of $5. Concerts at Mojo’s are $10. For a list of concerts and their dates, times and locations, click here.
Filmmakers from the T/F Film Festival will discuss the magic of reality and the world of documentary film. All panels are free to the public. For a list of panels and their dates, times and locations, click here.
Gimme Truth is a documentary game show, hosted by Johnny St. John and featuring an array of doc-world celebrity judges. Local filmmakers attempt to stump the judges and contestants with their short documentary-style videos that are either entirely true or entirely false. The live event starts at 9:30 p.m. March 1 at the Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note. Tickets for the show are sold out, but there is still the option of the “Q” line. If you plan on trying to get in that way, go early (you can get in line an hour before but will not receive a “Q” number until an hour prior).
The Neither/Nor Series is a film series that explores “chimeric” cinema, i.e. filmmaking that contains elements of fiction and nonfiction. There are four films in the series, all of which will screen at Ragtag, and run between Feb. 26 and March 1. All films are free! Find the schedule of screenings here.
The Wednesday screening will function like special free Ragtag screenings. They are free and open to the public, and tickets can be picked up at the Ragtag Box Office as of 10 a.m. on the day of the screening.
For the screenings during the festival, festival ticketing applies. For non-passholders, Thursday through Saturday films are open to the public to pick-up free tickets at the T/F Box Office or by waiting in the “Q” line at the venue free of charge.
The Great Wall (Shakespeare’s Pizza) is an outdoor movie screen and will have free walk-up cinema from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1.
The March March Parade is the kick off for the festival. The parade begins at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Boone County Courthouse Square and will march down 9th Street to the Missouri Theatre.
Transportation: All venues are located in the downtown area, and taking the bus is an option. All pass and ticket holders can ride the FastCat for free during the festival (Thursday-Sunday). During the festival, the FastCat will run two routes: the shorter one stops near all T/F venues (total loop time around 10 minutes) and the other makes a wider loop that includes the University of Missouri and Stephens College campuses (total loop time around 30 minutes). The routes and times can be found here.
Volunteering: If you are looking for a cheap way to attend films and build your resume, then volunteering is the way to go. Volunteers will receive a pass and shirt, free admission to all films via the Q and access to the volunteers-only party. Spots fill up fast, so make sure to sign up here.
Plan ahead for what films you want to see, map out your days and head to the box office early to get tickets (some films are already sold out) and, most importantly, enjoy everything that the True/False Film Festival has to offer.