Thank you for your interest in being a 2020 True/False Film Fest volunteer! We approve applications on a rolling basis.

IMPORTANT - Email is our primary means of communication. Please use an email address you check frequently.

This year, we have added an option to submit demographic information.  Our organizational value of inclusivity states: we honor the dignity of every human. We are an organization of diverse individuals possessing a variety of perspectives, identities, and lived experiences. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our collective similarities. Your identified information will be used to evaluate our organization as we work toward meeting our strategic goals of increasing and diversifying both our volunteer base and audience. Please be sure to read all of our organizational values hereAgain, all demographic information is optional and will not impact your application or team status.

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Personnel Information

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Experience

General

General volunteers serve 20 hours before/during/after the fest. Benefits include admission to any film via the Q, preferred Q access at select screenings during the fest, snazzy t-shirt, access to the Nest, admission to T/F films at Ragtag all year, free admission to the @ction party after midnight, admission to the Volunteer Appreciation party

Juggernaut

Juggernaut volunteers serve 40 hours before/during/after the fest. Benefits include all General Volunteer benefits plus 3 Juggernaut vouchers for admission via the Silver Circle Bay at any venue, space permitting, 3 free tickets from the Box Office beginning Friday of the fest, admission to the @ction party, admission to all concerts and showcases (space permitting), two post-Fest film screenings

Preferred for Juggernaut volunteer applicants
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Availability

ALL APPLICANTS:  Some days show 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. 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. As teams are filled, they will be removed from the application.

Select your TOP 3 team preferences. Based on our needs and your particular skills and interests, 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.
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.
Be part of the team that serves drinks to filmmakers and festival goers alike! You must have a Missouri bartending license and include a description of your bartending experience to be considered for this team.
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.
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.
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.

Do you enjoy having interesting conversations with interesting people? Then consider the Chauffeur Team! Your responsibilities will include picking up filmmakers from area airports (including St. Louis, Kansas City 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.  If you are able, you may need to drive a passenger van.

This small and dedicated team helps care for children of Core Staff and Guests. Must be 18 yr+, individuals with childcare experience are preferred. Two personal character references required.

Community Partnerships and Education volunteers work with high schools, colleges, universities, and community nonprofits to engage students, teachers, and community members in the Fest. Our programming often serves as the entry point for students and community members to interact with the magical, life-altering force we call True/False! The majority of our volunteer time is spent organizing and facilitating Fest educational events, and assisting community members and organizations in Fest engagement. If you're into community education and getting to meet incredible community members and students from Columbia, MO and beyond, come join us! 
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.
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.
Assist in managing panels 10 AM-4:30 PM Fri/Sat only

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!

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. Results will be satisfying. Must have daytime availability on Wednesday before the fest and Monday after the fest. 

MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND TRAINING WEEKEND BEFORE FEST (COLUMBIA AREA BEST) Members of this team will check attendee, volunteer, and guest IDs and give them wristbands for the weekend. Ideally, you'll have experience checking IDs, but not mandatory. Team members will need to have or get bartender certification, which the fest will arrange for them.

Help our Materials Coordinator gather and distribute all rented and purchased good to different venues throughout the Fest.  Must be able to load and unload goods from trucks with a smile!

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.
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.
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. 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.
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 are skilled in engaging with a crowd while assisting and guiding attendees with style and a smile. If interested, tell us how YOU are qualified to serve as T/F royalty!

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. 

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.

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.
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!

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.

Stage Managers: The show must go on! Are you skilled in being calm, cool, collected and full of quality customer service? Stage managers make the show run smoothly, start/end on time, and interact with buskers and guests throughout the fest. This team requires an interview process, extended training, and strong team players. 

Venue Captains and Assistant Venue Captains: As ambassadors to a venue, VCs and AVCs manage volunteers, run front of house, and ensure quality customer services across fest venues. This team requires an interview process, extended training, and strong team players. 
Are you someone who would rather work behind the scenes, meeting and greeting volunteers and helping them escape the din of the fest and recuperate? The Volunteer team works at the Nest (Volunteer Headquarters) from morning till late-night Friday-Sunday of the Fest. Additional hours before and after are required for Volunteer Orientation and setup and breakdown of our space. You'll help with volunteer services such as bag/coat check, refreshments, information, late check-in and awesome service and kudos to our hard-working volunteers.
Docents will guide festgoers through immersive art and virtual reality experiences curated by the T/F team. Stationed at the Columbia Art League during the fest, you'll be responsible for sharing descriptions of immersive work, assisting with headsets/gear, managing small lines, communicating any issues that arise with technical manager, and making sure guests are safe while using the equipment. Are you a VR/AR/technical wizard? We'd love your help! Not a tech wizard, but excited about art & willing to learn some (very basic) troubleshooting? We have room for you too! Position requires working in a black-lit space and standing, though accommodations can be made if you give us a heads up.

Additional Information

Preferred for Art, Build, Errand Runners, Events, Music, Set Up/Break Down, Special Assignments, Tiny Attic, Cash Manager, SUBD: Crew Chiefs applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur, Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur, Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur, Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Events, ID Checker applicants
Preferred for Art, Chauffeur, Events, Filmmaker Liaison, ID Checker, Set Up/Break Down, Special Operations, Sustainability, Art: Party Space applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Box Office, BoxTops, Cash Manager applicants
Preferred for Audio Tech applicants
Preferred for Art, Build, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Art, Build, Set Up/Break Down, SUBD: Crew Chiefs applicants
Preferred for Art, Audio Tech, Build, Events, Set Up/Break Down, Special Operations applicants
Preferred for Art, Build, Set Up/Break Down, Special Operations, Lifting applicants
Preferred for Art, Booze, Build, Materials, Set Up/Break Down, Special Operations, SUBD: Crew Chiefs applicants

Demographic Information

White, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, or some other race (please list)
Latinx and Not Latinx