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 2018 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!).

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


General + Contact Info

Fest Experience

Applicant Options

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 2018 documentaries shown at Ragtag Cinema throughout the year. You'll also be admitted to a Volunteer Screening (SAT Feb 17 after training) and to the Volunteer Party (SUN Mar 4 10pm-2am).

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 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. On WED Mar 7 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 1-4), 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.

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 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.

When? Sun, Feb 18 [12-5PM]; Fri, Feb 23 [9AM-6PM]; Sat, Feb 24 [9AM-4PM]; Sat, Feb 24 [1PM-7PM]; Sun, Feb 25 [9AM-4PM]; Sun, Feb 25 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [5PM-11PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [5PM-11PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]
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!

When? Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]; Mon, Mar 5 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Mar 5 [1PM-7PM]
How Many? 40

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.

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

When? 2 months before; 1 Month Before; 2 Weeks Before; 1 Week Before; Sun, Feb 18 [12-5PM]; Fri, Feb 23 [9AM-6PM]; Sat, Feb 24 [9AM-4PM]; Sat, Feb 24 [1PM-7PM]; Sun, Feb 25 [9AM-4PM]; Sun, Feb 25 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [5PM-11PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [5PM-11PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]
How Many? 15

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.

When? Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]
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.

When? Mon, Feb 26 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Feb 26 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Feb 27 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Mon, Mar 5 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Mar 5 [1PM-7PM]; Tue, Mar 6 [9AM-4PM]; Tue, Mar 6 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Mar 7 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Mar 7 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 8 [9AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 8 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [3PM-8:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [7:30PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [7PM-2AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [7:30PM-1AM]
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 a strong back and strong constitution is welcome to apply.

When? Wed, Feb 28 [9AM-4PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [1PM-7PM]; Wed, Feb 28 [5PM-11PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8AM-4PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [1PM-7PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [3PM-8:30PM]; Thu, Mar 1 [8PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [8:30AM-1:30PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [1PM-8PM]; Fri, Mar 2 [7:30PM-2AM]; Fri, Mar 2 [10PM-4AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [8:30AM-2PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [9AM-5PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [1:30PM-7:30PM]; Sat, Mar 3 [7PM-2AM]; Sat, Mar 3 [10PM-4AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [8:30AM-2:30PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [9AM-5PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [2PM-8PM]; Sun, Mar 4 [7:30PM-1AM]; Sun, Mar 4 [10PM-4AM]; Mon, Mar 5 [9AM-4PM]; Mon, Mar 5 [1PM-7PM]
How Many? 20

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

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

Team-Specific Skills

Preferred for Filmmaker Liaison applicants
Preferred for Audio Tech applicants
Preferred for Art, Build Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Build Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Build Team, Lifting Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Preferred for Build Team, Set Up/Break Down applicants
Required for Booze, Events, ID Checker applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Required for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Booze, Events applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur applicants
Preferred for Chauffeur applicants