Festival Jobs

Want to work for the Fest? The True/False Film Fest is dedicated to equal opportunity employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disabled status, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

About the Fest:

True/False exists in a permeable, in-between land - bounded by fiction and nonfiction, but also bridging cultures and disciplines. Within that space, we encourage an atmosphere of innovation and excitement, free of the heat and stress of the market. Here’s where a revolutionary new alloy can be forged, the future of an urgent art. Far from the mountains, oceans, media machines or other perks that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally, and it is now a grassroots phenomenon, and “filmmaker utopia”, selling 45,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes the movies very seriously.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects--True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

We seek out the most creative, energetic people and give them the tools to transform the downtown core of Columbia, both indoors and out. When the festival remakes ordinary spaces into magical, temporary spots, it inspires attendees and townies. T/F showcases downtown Columbia and its potential. In addition to the opportunity to be an influential part of one of the most exciting cultural events in the Midwest, festival positions offer a high degree of autonomy and flexibility in scheduling. You’ll be working with some of the most talented, creative individuals in mid-Missouri, the True/False Core Staff, a crack squad of folks who work year-round to pull off one of the most vibrant cultural events in the Midwest. We offer a laid-back but professional culture, where all ideas are welcome, and creativity and entrepreneurship are valued and rewarded.

Get a sense of the Fest by watching our daily recap videos and, of course, scouring the rest of the website.

Current Listings

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7/6/18

Community Partnership Coordinator

Position Overview: True/False's mission is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of nonfiction films, including ones that imaginatively engage – and even transform – the real world. We are also dedicated to being a welcoming event for people from a wide range of backgrounds and points of view. In year 16, we recognize that we are transitioning from a makeshift project to a sustainable, cultural institution. In doing that, we aim to put access, diversity, equity, and parity front and center in everything that we do. Behind this brand-new position is the intention to be more inclusive across demographic lines, and we're looking for someone with the vision, drive, and curiosity to help lead the way. The right candidate will cultivate deep relationships with stakeholders in our local community so as to help the festival better mirror it, including the makeup of Fest staffing, projects, volunteers, and audiences. In addition to building and maintaining alliances with local groups, the Community Partnership Coordinator will help strengthen our national program for hosting emerging filmmakers.

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Craft and implement improved local outreach strategies
  • Identify barriers to festival participation + potential adaptations to cultural differences, then work closely across the T/F team to implement improvements
  • Serve as lead contact for local groups and visiting colleges/universities.
  • Work as part of the T/F Education team on a burgeoning festival program that offers an organized track through the fest including mentorship for student filmmaker groups
  • Organize events during the festival for participating groups
  • Organize and coordinate the True/False Student Symposium
  • Work with staff on developing measurements to determine success

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Highly organized, attentive to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Superb interpersonal skills with high emotional intelligence
  • Experience working with people of diverse ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, races, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Self-driven individual with the desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • Local knowledge and relationships are preferred, but not required

Compensation and Culture: This role is a 15-hour-a-week, 38-week-a-year position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, flexibility in setting your own schedule, a generous amount of time off, and a collaborative culture.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Community Partnership Coordinator, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Paul Sturtz, [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until August 15, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

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7/6/18

Ragtag Film Society - Executive Director

Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA

Position Overview: Executive Director of the Ragtag Film Society (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit) is a position that will provide organizational oversight and leadership to the Society and its two major projects, Ragtag Cinema and the True/False Film Fest, steering both to unified success. The RFS Board of Directors is looking for an Executive Director who will leverage the resources of each program to the benefit of both. Responsibilities include managing financial, HR, community education, and physical resources along with communicating the goals of the organization to broad audiences. This individual will balance oversight of artistic, strategic, and financial direction while charting a dynamic course for the organization’s ongoing evolution and growth.

Ragtag Cinema Mission: Ragtag exists to champion independent film and media art and to serve film communities both locally and globally. Attending to film as an art form. First and foremost, Ragtag exists to provide a venue for the best in U.S. independent and international filmmaking. We believe that film is the dominant art form of our age, that it has the power to change minds and hearts, and that audiences should have a breadth of film options. Promoting media literacy, education, and new ideas. Media literacy is vital for healthy modern life in an age where everything is on a screen. Ragtag seeks to provide films that spark dialogue and on occasion force an intellectual reorientation.

True/False Film Fest Mission: The mission of True/False Film Fest is to forge a supportive, celebratory refuge for filmmakers and amplify the possibilities of nonfiction films. We champion intentionality of form in nonfiction filmmaking, open-mindedness about filmic approaches, cinema that rigorously, sensitively and imaginatively engages the real world. Our flagship event is a film festival that transforms downtown Columbia, Missouri each March with screenings, events and parties, live music, site-sympathetic art installations and our March March parade. The programming team at True/False looks at film curating holistically – collaborating across the fest to produce a variety of film-adjacent events. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement strategic plans for Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest in conjunction with the Board
  • Recruit and develop senior staffers to manage critical business functions
  • Create a culture of transparency and open communication throughout the organization
  • Be a conduit for communication from both programs to the Board
  • Provide the Board with a vision and execute this vision
  • Lead diversity and Inclusion efforts across the organization
  • Advocate with governmental agencies
  • Provide overall leadership of the Fest and Cinema by managing key positions such as the Cinema managing director, operations director, development director, sponsorship director, chief people officer, Fest artistic director, and finance coordinator/administrative assistant
  • Work with a development director and sponsorship director to raise funds for the entire organization from individuals, foundations, grantors and businesses. ED would also cultivate and meet with major donors/sponsors on a regular basis
  • Serve as the public face of RFS
  • Direct oversight of financial management of the entire organization including insurance/risk management, legal, audit/990, health insurance, etc.
  • Provide ongoing and consistent feedback to key members of the organization to ensure ongoing growth
  • Interview and hire key management positions for both projects
  • Plan for organizational growth and professional development of staff; develop the next generation of leadership for the organization

Qualifications and skills:

  • Previous experience in a senior leadership role at a non-profit or arts organization
  • Previous fundraising/development experience & demonstrated success
  • Experience working with multiple teams that have varied goals, priorities, and timelines
  • Deep understanding of financial strategies and finance-related performance metrics
  • Strong record of effective customer service
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and leadership characteristics
  • Desire to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the wider world of filmmaking and local communities 

Compensation: Compensation will be competitive with other regional arts organizations, will be commensurate with experience, and may also include incentives based on negotiated benchmarks. The ideal candidate will live in mid-Missouri and be available to start September, 2018. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be the new Executive Director, Ragtag Film Society, and how you would leverage the resources and strengths of both programs along with a resume and three references. Send to the Search Committee at: [email protected]

Inquiries will be accepted on a rolling basis but first priority will be given to applications received by July 23

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6/19/18

Partnership Trade Coordinator (Part-Time)

Position Overview: Are you ready to get started in sponsorship by selling something you care about? We’re looking for a motivated sales person with both a love for the cultural mission of the festival and a genuine passion for people. This self-starter will be responsible for recruiting new trade partners and managing a highly diverse group of existing partners.

We have an exciting event to offer potential partners, and we are looking for a bright, talented salesperson to help cultivate and nurture the growing list of businesses that support us with their products and/or services in exchange for marketing exposure, good will and a cool way to attend the fest! True/False is positioned to grow significantly over the next several years, and we are looking for someone to grow along with us.

If you have some basic sales experience, or think you’ve got the right combination of personality and organizational skills to both negotiate and coordinate successful outcomes, this could be your opportunity to help promote something that’s meaningful to a host of people, build a strong business network, and work alongside a group of smart, energetic people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Strong, authentic sales ability
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance the needs of the festival and the requests of sponsors
  • High attention to detail and flawless follow-through of contract implementation
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial culture
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural arts organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • One year of professional sales experience is preferred, but not required

Specific duties include:

  • Secure and retain approximately 60 in-kind sponsorships valued from $500 to $10,000
  • Work with graphic design team to collect ads and logos from sponsors
  • Coordinate delivery logistics with events, art and production teams
  • Assist sponsorship team with partner activation and review of materials

Compensation: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive for a part-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, the ability to set your own schedule, and a collaborative culture.

Time Commitment: This is a part-time position that will require 8-10 hours per week from September through mid-March. Must reside in Columbia.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you could be one of our new sponsorship aces, along with a resume and references. Send all materials to Holly Smith Berry, Sponsorship Director, [email protected]

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6/11/18

Production Manager

Position Overview: True/False is looking for an energetic, dynamic, and skilled Production Manager, who possesses both construction skills and excellent interpersonal social skills (though we’re open to providing on-the-job training to the right candidate). This outgoing, highly organized human is task-oriented, can think on their feet, is able to work independently and as a team member, doesn't mind getting their hands dirty, and is comfortable collaborating with a wide variety of people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • At least one year working at True/False or another festival or large event
  • Experience working with a wide variety of power tools and hand tools
  • Experience building fairly complex structures and an ability to assess structural integrity based on as little as a simple drawing or schematic
  • The ability to problem-solve in real time
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience managing multiple people and projects at one time

Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Oversight of the festival workshop (including but not limited to: inventory of tools and supplies, oversight of workshop cleanliness and organization, determining and implementing needed improvements to the space, etc etc) 
  • Oversight of Production budget and expenditures
  • Recruitment, retention, and oversight of people (production team members, volunteers, others as needed)
  • Oversight of festival build projects (to be determined in collaboration with Operations Director and others as needed)
  • Work with the TF Art Team to plan for and execute festival art installations
  • Collaborate with various other TF teams to ensure the smooth running of all physical aspects of the festival (Theater Operations, Events, Sponsorship, Sustainability, etc etc)
  • Communication with third parties, including but not limited to equipment suppliers, venue representatives, and other nonprofit entities
  • Oversight of the set up and tear down of festival venues
  • With oversight from Operations Director, assist in the execution of the Boone Dawdle and other off-season events

Compensation, Culture, and Time Committment: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive for a 3/4-time position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, the ability to set your own schedule, a generous amount of time off, and a collaborative culture. This is a 3/4 time position; the busiest time of year is January through March. Must be be located in or near Columbia MO or willing to relocate to or near Columbia MO.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our Production Manager, a resume with two references, and any supplemental details of related experience. Send materials to Camellia Cosgray, Operations Director: [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; estimated start date is August 1, 2018.

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5/14/18

Development Director

Position Overview: True/False Film Fest is looking for a motivated fundraiser with both a love for the Fest’s cultural mission and a passion for energetic, personable fundraising to direct the growth of the festival’s individual donor and grant programs. This creative self-starter is primarily responsible for securing financial gifts from a growing base of private supporters, as well as management of awards from private foundations, government agencies, and other granting organizations.

We have an exciting mission to offer potential supporters, and we’re looking for a bright, talented fundraiser to create mutually beneficial partnerships with our growing list of individual and foundation partners. True/False is positioned to grow significantly over the next several years, and we are looking for the right person to grow with us.

True/False is a project of the Ragtag Film Society, a nonprofit organization with a 20-year history of showcasing transformative cinema and art in Columbia, Missouri through its two projects--True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema. Ragtag Film Society was recently named the 2018 Arts Organization of the Year by the Missouri Arts Council and the 2018 Small Business of the Year by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Whether you’re a veteran of professional fundraising who’s tired of the hours, pressure and impersonal grind of corporate life, or you’re a mid-career fundraiser with some experience under your belt but looking for something more fulfilling, this is the opportunity to secure the financial future of something that’s meaningful to a host of people, direct your own work path, and work alongside a group of smart, energetic people.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and traits:

  • Strong, authentic fundraising ability
  • Professional fundraising experience with proof of results
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to balance the needs of the festival and the requests of donors
  • High attention to detail and flawless follow-through of contract implementation
  • Ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial culture
  • Ability to work with a variety of team members in various festival departments
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with donor databases
  • Confident, passionate, and articulate
  • Self-driven individual who wants to be part of a cultural organization that has a positive impact on the city of Columbia, the state of Missouri, and the wider world of documentary filmmaking
  • Two years of professional fundraising experience is preferred, but not required

Duties include:

  • Secure annual and multi-year donations and grants
  • Design a donor program for the festival, building upon our existing Super Circle and Pay the Artist! programs
  • Develop relationships formed by festival directors to develop a targeted list of potential supporters
  • Work with the festival directors to identify new ways for donors to engage in the festival
  • Ensure proper fulfillment of all donor benefits across the festival
  • Oversee two grant assistants who will assist with grant applications and fulfillment
  • Provide top-notch customer service to all donors during the week of the festival and throughout the year

Compensation and Culture: Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive for a full-time, year-round fundraising position with a non-profit in Columbia, Missouri. We offer a results-oriented work environment, the ability to set your own schedule, a generous amount of time off, and a collaborative culture.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter telling us why you should be our new development ace, a resume with three references, and details of professional fundraising experience. Send all materials to Jeremy Brown, Executive Director, [email protected] Applications will be accepted until July 15, but a hiring decision may be made before that date.

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Gearing up for its 16th edition, February 28 - March 3, 2019, True/False has attained a unique status in the documentary world. Far from the mountains, oceans, and corporate machinery that usually mark a festival destination, Columbia is a friendly college town of over 100,000 people. The festival was started locally and is now a grassroots phenomenon, selling 50,000 tickets and supported by 1,000 volunteers. Marked by a small-town fervor usually reserved for college football, True/False instead celebrates films that fall outside of mainstream fare. More than anything, we take pride in creating a joyful, rambunctious festival atmosphere that simultaneously takes its movies very seriously. Here are some nice things people say about us. True/False, along with its sister project Ragtag Cinema, is a program of the Ragtag Film Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

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Internships

As the festival grows, so necessarily does the staff-power, volunteer-power, and lately, intern-power it takes to pull this off! We need dedicated individuals willing to work and learn simultaneously towards the shared goal of realizing this special event. To apply for any True/False internships, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with the job title in your subject line. We are happy to work with students exploring the possibility of earning academic credit through their schools.

There are no internships available at this time, but please contact [email protected] with any general questions or to inquire about upcoming positions.