Welcome! With the energy and creative spirit of more than 1000 people working on more than 25 different teams, together we can make T/F 2017 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 (click on the blue button!).

If you are a returning volunteer – Thank you and welcome back! Your experience and hard work over the past decade-plus is one of the reasons that film lovers regard True/False as one of the most fun, inventive and community-oriented film festivals in the world. 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 2017 team by naming your team leader.

All prospective volunteers - Once you’ve completed and submitted this form, you will receive a message from T/F confirming receipt of your application. When Volunteer Coordinators read through the application and place you on a team, you will receive a second message informing you of your team assignment. Remember, you should apply early for the best chance at being placed on your choice of team.

Thanks for your time!

Cathy Gunther and Heather Gillich

Volunteer Coordinators


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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 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, Juggernauts also get to pick up 6 tickets on Friday of the fest and will receive a voucher to move to the head of the Q for one film of their choice. On THU Mar 9 we've scheduled a mini-festival of this year's T/F docs at Ragtag JUST FOR YOU! Sound like fun? If so, select Juggernaut on the form and briefly tell us why you want to become one. We're always looking for more Juggernauts with availability during the four days of the Fest (Mar 2-5), 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.

General

Give us 20 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 and admission to T/F 2017 documentaries shown at Ragtag Cinema throughout the year. You'll also be admitted to a Volunteer Screening (SUN Feb 19 after training) and to the Volunteer Party (SUN Mar 5 10pm-2am).

General + Contact Info

Availability

Please select as many of the scheduled times as you are available, and not just the times when you would prefer to work.  If you don't have adequate time availability to serve on a particular team, you will not be given an opportunity to select that team.


Please select as many of the scheduled times you are able, and not just the times when you would prefer to work.  If you don't have adequate time availability to serve on a particular team, you will not be given an opportunity to select that team.

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.

Match the WHATs, WHENs and HOW MANYs of each team with YOUR particular skills, interests, and availability.   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.





Do you boast brawn as well as brains? Willing to lift 100+ lbs with an able partner? This is the team for you! Shifts will be short, work will be difficult.

When? Sat, Feb 25 [9AM-4PM]; Sat, Feb 25 [1PM-7PM]; Sun, Feb 26 [9AM-4PM]; Sun, Feb 26 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [5PM-11PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 3 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [10PM-4AM]; Mon, Mar 6 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Mar 6 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Mar 7 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Mar 7 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Mar 8 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Mar 8 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 9 [9AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 9 [1PM-7PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]
How Many? 15

Can you lift and carry heavy (50 lb) and/or awkward objects, problem solve, and are willing to get your hands dirty? The trusty Set Up/Break Down crew transforms festival venues into True/Falsian movie palaces before the Fest begins, then returns 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 are generally able to get the full T/F experience with their volunteer pass.

When? Sat, Feb 25 [9AM-4PM]; Sat, Feb 25 [1PM-7PM]; Sun, Feb 26 [9AM-4PM]; Sun, Feb 26 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 27 [5PM-11PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Mar 1 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [3PM-8:30PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [7:30PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [2PM-8PM]; Mon, Mar 6 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Mar 6 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Mar 7 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Mar 7 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Mar 8 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Mar 8 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 9 [9AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 9 [1PM-7PM]; Fri, Feb 24 [9AM-6PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [10PM-4AM]
How Many? 90

Be part of the LARGEST (and arguably GREATEST) team of the fest! Theater Operations volunteers inhabit 8 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, but also expect quiet times during screenings.

When? Thu, Mar 2 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 2 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 3 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 5 [10PM-4AM]
How Many? 300

Four volunteers to assist in traffic monitoring at two city garages and one of our venues. Training and supervision by City of Columbia parking staff at both city garages.

When? Fri, Mar 3 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 3 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 4 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 5 [7:30PM-1AM]
How Many? 6

Experience + Skills

Required for Booze, Events applicants
Required for Chauffeur applicants
Required for Chauffeur, Music Team applicants
Required for Chauffeur, Music Team, Set Up/Break Down, Sustainability Team applicants
Required for Chauffeur, Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Required for Box Office, BoxTops, Merchandise applicants
Required for Build Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Art, Build Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Lifting Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Lifting Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Chauffeur, Set Up/Break Down, Sustainability Team applicants
Required for Audio Tech, Music Team applicants

Other Info

Required for Juggernaut volunteer applicants

Mandatory Volunteer Training