Year-Round Film Programs

Make and Study Films with True/False and Ragtag Cinema


Classroom Visits and Filmmaker Presentations

Want to have someone from our team come to talk about the fest in your class or at a group meeting? We’d be happy to! We can do a 5-10 minute presentation and answer questions about the festival.

Want to have one of our filmmaker guests visit your class? We'd love to arrange that too! T/F facilitates director visits and school-wide assemblies, and supports after-school film clubs and special events. Please contact for details and to make a requests/arrangements.


T/F Academy

True/False is committed to supporting the emerging media makers in our midst. Our media literacy and film production programs help our community’s youth realize their dreams. Working with CAT TV (Columbia’s community access television), T/F runs a special film workshop for high school students and teachers for the entire school year. Every fall, we select a handful of exceptional students and train them to be the next generation of filmmakers, critics, and engaged citizens. During the festival itself, participants are given a “backstage pass” which gives access to screenings, special events, and mentorship from the festival guests. If you are interested, please contact the high school’s liaisons below or please email


T/F Boot Camp

In the Boot Camp, a select group of students will dive deeply into the True/False Film Fest and experience a weekend of exciting films, conversations, and events with a diverse crew of exceptional filmmakers, artists, and musicians. Participants will document their experience through writing, audio/video, interviews, or photography. Shortly before the festival, the Boot Camp will convene to prepare for the fest, discuss relevant issues, and share research. The Boot Camp is a much shorter and less rigorous program than the Academy, allowing students with varying interests a way to access the fest. For more information, please email


T/F & Ragtag Cinema


High School Film Clubs

Please contact the T/F “teacher advocate” at your school for more information:

  • Hickman High School: Brett Kirkpatrick, Jeff Devero, Nicole Overeem

  • Rock Bridge High School: Abigail Trescott, Jake Giessman, David Bones

  • Battle High School: Daniel Gammon

  • Douglass High School: Laura Bolerjack

  • Columbia Area Career Center: Jeff Cochran

Or, please contact Jon Westhoff at Ragtag Cinema:


CAT TV (Columbia Access Television)

Columbia Access Television is an independent Community Media Center that empowers our community members and local nonprofits to share their diverse voices using video & media technology. CAT TV is a veteran sponsor of the festival and provides training, space, and equipment for our filmmaking programs.

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