Welcome! With the energy and creative spirit of nearly 1000 people working on more than 30 different teams, together we can make T/F 2019 a great fest!

Please complete the following application as accurately as possible.  Because this application is designed to screen OUT candidates without enough time to work for a particular team, you should enter your time availability FIRST and with as much breadth as possible before selecting three team preferences.  General volunteers work up to 20 hours and Juggernauts up to 40 hours.  Some teams require candidates above a certain age (ie. event party workers, or chauffeurs), or with particular skills (ie. operating power tools or a sound board), so please answer all questions about your qualifications.

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 above!).

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 have been recruited for a specific team by noting the team name and the name of your team leader on the application. 

ALL PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEERS - Once you’ve completed and submitted this form, you will receive a message from T/F confirming receipt of your application. Once your application has been reviewed, we'll send you a confirmation of approval, or we may ask you to expand your time availability to qualify as a volunteer.  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




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 2019 documentaries shown at Ragtag Cinema throughout the year. You'll also be admitted to a Volunteer Screening (SAT Feb 16 after training) and to the Volunteer Party (SUN Mar 3 10pm-2am).


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 3 tickets on Friday morning of the fest and receive 3 vouchers to move to the head of the Q for films of their choice. In the week following the Fest, we also schedule 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 (Feb 28-Mar 3), 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.

Preferred for Juggernaut volunteer applicants



Have you been recruited by a Team Lead to work on a specific team?
If so, write the name of the team to which you've been recruited.
Write the full name of the Team Lead who recruited you.


ALL APPLICANTS:  Some days show substantial overlap in time frames to select, due to the fact that different teams need volunteers at different times each day.  PLEASE CHECK the box for as many of the windows of time as you are available, and not just the times when you would prefer to work.  If you don't indicate adequate time availability to serve on a particular team, you will not be given an opportunity to select that team on this application.

INVITED RECRUITS:  If you have been recruited for a team, you still need indicate your availability and to select 3 preferred teams in order to proceed through the application.  Once your acceptance is approved by the Team Lead who recruited you, you will be placed with that team in lieu of the other preferences you selected.


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 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.

As an Art team member, you'll assist our artists in creating physical art installations that will transform spaces throughout the festival footprint. Must apply EARLY and be available for 40 hrs during the months leading up to the Fest. It's helpful if you're handy with power tools. How Many? 70
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 transporting filmmakers and industry guests 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), application available at http://dor.mo.gov/forms/4317.pdf. You will be given a stipend for each trip made to area airports. How Many? 30
The Filmmaker Liaison team meets and greets T/F 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 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! How Many? 40
The Audio Tech Crew creates the sonic experience of the festival, so if you take tech seriously and have experience 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. How Many? 25
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. How Many? 32
Volunteers in BoxTOps work as a mobile Box Office (Box = ticket sales) at individual theaters (TOps = Theater Operations) for attendees in the Q who need to buy a ticket on site. You must be quick on your feet and in your mind - handling cash, making change, and communicating an accurate tally of your earnings to TF staff. We prefer volunteers with cash handling and theater operations experience, particularly those who have worked BoxTOps in the past. How Many? 34
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). 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. How Many? 25
Are you reliable? Have your own transportation? Do you have limited time during the Fest, but have a flexible schedule and still want to volunteer? Then we need YOU to work in the office and run errands in the weekends and daytime hours leading up to and during the Fest. Specify your daytime and weekend availability in February/March on your application. How Many? 15
For those 21 yrs+ with experience in food service, catering, or club operations. Help pull off the unique special events that T/F is known for! You must be prepared to work as many as 20 hrs during the Fest. You'll help set up, break down, and run good times such as the Jubilee, Reality Bites, and @ction. Night owls who like to work parties are welcome. Will include food service and clean-up, and may involve late nights. How Many? 40
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. How Many? 15
Do you revel in the opportunity to illuminate? Do you have theatrical lighting knowledge, however rudimentary? Become a JUGGERNAUT (40 h) lighting volunteer and help contribute support of the artistic vision of our Lighting Director. Some theatrical lighting experience is REQUIRED -- please indicate your experience in the "special skills" section below to be considered. How Many? 2
Help sell the coolest merch this side of the Missouri River. During your 20 hr 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. How Many? 40
If the musical side of the fest is where your passions lie, sign up to help our music team with all aspects of fest life for musicians! As a music volunteer you might lend a hand in the musicians lounge, at showcase concerts, in the music merch booth, as tech support during events, on our advertising/street team, or as a musician liaison/driver- all integral parts of making the soundtrack of True/False ring out. No matter the task, you’ll work closely with our visiting guests & T/F staff to help make the musicians feel at home! Volunteers involved in music preferred but not necessary. How Many? 25
Our small and mighty photo team is charged with the ambitious task of capturing it all: pre-fest design and construction, set up, special events, parties, panels & discussions, filmmakers, education outreach, music, art, break down and everything in between! Our goal is to capture strong, iconic, storytelling images for the Fest's archives and for its sponsors. Images are posted to the T/F blog and Facebook albums each day of the Fest. Experienced photographers preferred; General & Juggernaut volunteers accepted. Please include links to your website or portfolio/blog site in the special skills portion of your application. You will need to provide your own equipment. Lightroom is required for part of our post-production workflow. All or some hours may be completed before the Fest. How Many? 12
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. How Many? 90

This Team's leaders 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. Anyone with strong constitution and quick adaptability are welcome to apply.

How Many? 20
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. How Many? 15
Join the Green Team as T/F works towards creating a more environmentally-friendly fest! Help increase recycling at the big T/F events, including Jubilee, Reality Bites, Filmmakers Fete, Closing Night Reception, and the Busker’s Last Stand. Help us divert organic waste into compost! 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! How Many? 35
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. How Many? 300
You will guide Festgoers through art and virtual reality experiences curated and developed by the T/F team. Stationed at the Columbia Art League during the days of the Fest, Transmedia volunteers may be expected to manage small lines, stand for long periods of time, and provide quality customer service. We would love to know of any VR/AR/XR experience you might have, but none is necessary. How Many? 20


Preferred for Booze, Events, ID Checker applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur applicants
Preferred for Box Office, BoxTops, Cash Manager, Merchandise, Music applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur applicants
Preferred for Filmmaker Liaison, Errand Runners, Music, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur, Filmmaker Liaison, Music applicants
Preferred for Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events, Music, ID Checker applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events, ID Checker applicants
Preferred for Audio Tech, Music applicants
Preferred for Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Art, Build, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Art, Build, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Build, Lifting, Music, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Build, Lifting, Set Up/Break Down applicants