True/False 2015
Apply to Volunteer


Welcome! The energy and creative spirit of more than 1000 people working in more than 25 different teams will be needed to make T/F 2015 a great fest!

If you have never volunteered for the festival before – We’re grateful that you are willing to donate your time! Please take a few minutes to read a short introduction and some basic information to consider before filling out your application.

If you are a returning volunteer – Thank you and welcome back! Your experience and hard work over the past decade is one of the reasons that film lovers regard True/False as one of the most fun, inventive and community-oriented festivals in the world of filmmaking. As a returning volunteer, please be sure to respond to queries about your past T/F experiences, and also indicate if you’ve already been recruited to work on a 2015 team by naming your team leader.


General Volunteer

Give us at least 15 hours and we'll give you our heartfelt thanks, a volunteer pass and an official volunteer t-shirt. Your pass grants you admission to films via the Q at all festival venues. You'll also be admitted to the volunteers-only party during the fest.

Juggernaut

Are you looking for a whirlwind of crazy fun and hard work? Well, we're looking for a group of dedicated, resourceful, and hard-working superstars who are willing to pour at least 40 hours of love into the True/False universe. Hours may be completed before, during, or after the Fest, and you can apply to work in any area (though some teams have more Juggernaut spots than others). In addition to the perks of a General Volunteer, you'll also get your own badge of honor (literally) and also get to pick up 6 tickets at the Box Office starting at 9AM the Friday of the fest, and a voucher to get into the coveted Silver Circle Q at either the Blue Note or Missouri Theatre. Sound like fun? If so, select Juggernaut on the form and briefly tell us why you want to become one. We're looking for more Juggernaut volunteers this year who have open availability during the four days of the Fest, so if you're willing to clear your calendar, we've got a job for you. Please reference special skills, preferences, or projects that interest you. We're working on the details for a couple of additional benefits for Juggernauts in 2015. Stay tuned for announcements about these exciting new perks.

Emergency Contact

Availability

  • Sat, Feb 28
  • Sun, Mar 1
  • Mon, Mar 2
  • Tue, Mar 3
  • Wed, Mar 4
  • Thu, Mar 5
  • Fri, Mar 6
  • Sat, Mar 7
  • Sun, Mar 8
  • Mon, Mar 9
  • Tue, Mar 10
  • Wed, Mar 11
  • Thu, Mar 12

Team Preferences

There are volunteer opportunities in many very different work teams. Click on a team name below to get a better idea of WHAT these volunteers do, WHEN they do it, and HOW MANY volunteers are needed. As teams are filled, they will be removed from the application.

We ask that you try to match the WHATs, WHENs and HOW MANYs of each team with YOUR particular skills and interests, time availability, and the timing of your application. In light of these particulars, select your TOP 3 team preferences. Based on our needs and your particulars, we’ll do our best to place you on one of these teams.





Does paper mache excite you? Do you enjoy creating something out of practically nothing? As an Art team member, you'll assist our artists with physical design projects that will transform venues throughout the Fest into the T/F universe. Must apply EARLY and be available for a minimum of 15 h during the months leading up to the Fest. It's helpful if you're handy with power tools, paint brushes, and glue guns.

When? 2 Months Before; 1 Month Before; 2 Weeks Before; 1 Week Before
How Many? 50

The Audio Tech Crew creates the sonic experience of the festival, so if you take tech seriously and enjoy being at the helm of a multi-channel soundboard, we're interested. AUDIO experience is REQUIRED to be part of the tech team, so please list yours in the Skills and Abilities section. Tech volunteers put in their 15-h commitment in the days before, during and after the Fest. We do NOT require any projectionists or videographers at this time.

When? Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (4PM-Midnight)
How Many? 30

Be part of the team that serves drinks to filmmakers and festival goers alike! You must have a Missouri bartending license and be approved by the team leader.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 20

Provide festival-worthy customer service to passholders and ticket buyers at our bustling Box Office. Must love helping people and answering questions with a smile. Job often includes being on your feet for long periods of time. Customer service, retail, and/or cash register experience preferred. While some Box Office shifts occur during the days before and after the Fest, most volunteers are needed during festival days and nights. Long shifts will include staggered break times.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 30

The small and awesome Build Team does everything from work with artists to help them create their visions to building storage crates for T/F production materials (and a million other things in between). We are also specifically looking for someone with sign/set painting experience. Must apply early and be available during the months leading up to the Fest; availability during the fest is a plus. Experience and skill with power tools required.

When? 2 Months Before; 1 Month Before; 2 Weeks Before; 1 Week Before
How Many? 10

Do you enjoy having interesting conversations with interesting people? Do you want to get paid a little for your volunteer job? Then consider the Chauffeur Team! Your responsibilities will include picking up filmmakers from area airports including St. Louis and Columbia, and to transport filmmakers and industry guest around the Columbia area. Drivers must be at least 23 years old and apply for a Class E Chauffeur's license ($30 fee funded by T/F insert link to DMV URL). You will be given a stipend for each trip made to area airports (YES?).

When? Sat, Feb 28 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 1 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 2 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Feb 28 (4PM-Midnight); Sun, Mar 1 (4PM-Midnight); Mon, Mar 2 (4PM-Midnight); Tue, Mar 3 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A); Mon, Mar 9 (4PM-Midnight)
How Many? 20

Help care for children whose parents are attending film screenings

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 12

We need a few reliable volunteers with transportation to work in the office and as errand runners in the weekends and daytime hours leading up to and during the Fest. If you have limited time during the Fest, but have a flexible schedule and still want to volunteer, consider applying for Special Assignments. Specify your daytime and weekend availability in February/March on your application.

When? Sat, Feb 28 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 1 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 2 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 10 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 11 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 12 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Feb 28 (4PM-Midnight); Sun, Mar 1 (4PM-Midnight); Mon, Mar 2 (4PM-Midnight); Tue, Mar 3 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A); Mon, Mar 9 (4PM-Midnight); Tue, Mar 10 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 11 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 12 (4PM-Midnight)
How Many? 10

For those 21 yrs+: Help create the energetic special events that T/F is known for around the world. Our events are a unique affair and wow even the best of 'em. You must be available for a minimum of 15 h during the fest. You'll help set up, break down, and run good times such as Reality Bites, Gimme Truth, the March March, and late-night parties. Will include food service and clean-up, and may involve late nights.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 60

The Filmmaker Liaison team meets and greets film festival guests (filmmakers, industry guests, and high level pass holders) as they arrive at their lodging in Columbia. The team also acts as the main contact for film festival guests and will sometimes escort them around town. This team will coordinate and distribute information packets for guests. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fascinating people!

When? Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A); Mon, Mar 9 (4PM-Midnight)
How Many? 40

When? Mon, Mar 2 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM)
How Many? 15

Help sell the coolest merch this side of the Missouri River. During your minimum 15-h commitment, you may set up or break down merch stations in the days before and after the Fest, or distribute and sell cool T/F goods to attendees. You may even get to model one of those fashionable T/F hoodies! Retail/cash register experience preferred. Requires some heavy lifting and standing for long periods of time.

When? 2 Weeks Before; 1 Week Before and Mon, Mar 2 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 2 (4PM-Midnight); Tue, Mar 3 (4PM-Midnight); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 35

Requires repeated heavy lifting (50 lb), problem solving, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. This trusty crew will transform festival venues into True/Falsian movie palaces before the Fest begins, then return them to their humble origins after the Fest ends. Most SUBD hours are completed during weekDAYS and are before and after the Fest, so members of this team will be able to get the full T/F experience with their volunteer pass.

When? Sat, Feb 28 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 1 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 2 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 3 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Tue, Mar 10 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 11 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 12 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 90

If the musical side of the fest is more your speed, sign up to help our music managers with all aspects of facilitating life at the fest for our musicians! Join this team to work as a musician liaison, staff the musician lounge and busker showcase concerts, and sell musician merch. Availability during the Fest is a must, but you may be required in the days before and after as well.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 25

Think you have what it takes to be a mobile, flamboyant information station at one of our T/F venues? Want to wrangle patrons in the Q outside each theater? Our Queens have what it takes to engage with a crowd, and to assist and guide all who ask with style and a smile. If interested, tell us how YOU are qualified to serve as T/F royalty!

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 24

This Team's leader describe Special Operations as "customer service for T/F teams." Special Ops provides support for all of the divisions throughout the Fest on the days leading up to and during the Fest; you'll get your hands dirty and you'll work in multiple locations, both inside and out of most, if not all, of our venues. Juggernaut volunteers are preferred, but General volunteers will also be considered for this small but essential team.

When? Wed, Mar 4 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Mon, Mar 9 (8AM-5PM); Wed, Mar 4 (4PM-Midnight); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A); Mon, Mar 9 (4PM-Midnight)
How Many? 15

Have aspirations of being a roadie? Love sticking to a schedule? Come wrangle musicians, filmmakers and guests as a Stage Manager. This person keeps the stage running on time and is quick to problem solve. Experience with band equipment and getting people to exit stage left extremely helpful. In filling this position, priority will be given to Juggernaut volunteers and those with prior experience.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 20

Join the Green Team as T/F works towards creating a more environmentally-friendly festival! Our main goal is to increase recycling at the big T/F events, including Jubilee, Reality Bites, Weird Wake-up, Closing Night Reception, and the Busker’s Last Stand. All are welcome to join the team, particularly if you are wiling to handle recyclables, and can brainstorm creative green ways to haul recycling items!

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 25

Be part of the LARGEST (and arguably GREATEST) team of the fest! Theater Operations volunteers inhabit 10 festival theaters and keep them humming right along. You'll take tickets, manage lines, count seats, usher people into the theater, and interact with a public eager to see the best docs around. This is where the action is, with venues abuzz with filmmakers, musicians, and Columbia's finest passholders and attendees. Expect to be on your feet a significant amount of time, as well as some quiet times during screenings. ALL Theater Ops hours are completed during the Fest (March 5-8), generally in ~8hr shifts. If you have cash-handling experience, consider requesting a BOXTOp position for selling tickets prior to screenings at individual theaters.

When? Thu, Mar 5 (8AM-5PM); Fri, Mar 6 (8AM-5PM); Sat, Mar 7 (8AM-5PM); Sun, Mar 8 (8AM-5PM); Thu, Mar 5 (4PM-Midnight); Fri, Mar 6 (4PM-2A); Sat, Mar 7 (4PM-2A); Sun, Mar 8 (4PM-2A)
How Many? 300

Experience

Skills

Preferred for Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Lifting Team applicants
Preferred for Box Office, Merchandise, Theater Operations applicants
Required for Booze, Events applicants
Required for Filmmaker Liason applicants
Required for Chauffeur applicants
Required for Chauffeur applicants
Required for Audio Tech applicants
Required for Audio Tech applicants
Required for Booze applicants
Preferred for Stage Managers applicants
Required for Child Care Team applicants
Required for Errand Runners applicants
Required for Build Team applicants
Required for Build Team applicants
Required for Juggernaut volunteer applicants