The True/False Film Festival is an annual documentary film festival open to all documentary films. The festival highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself. The festival encourages submissions that cross the boundary between fact and fiction.
Most films come freshly discovered from Sundance, Toronto and other festivals, others appear mysteriously before their official premieres elsewhere. The attendance of the festival rapidly grew from 4,200 people in its first year to around 38,000 in 2012.
The True/False Film Fest also has the True Life Fund which goes to demonstrate that documentaries can create change by offering tangible assistance to the real-life subjects of a new non-fiction film. And it acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories provided by people often of limited means.
The Festival also throw parties, hosts debates and field trips.
The Festival awards only one award each year — The True Vision Award in a form of a bronze sculpture. The award is given to the filmmaker, or filmmakers, whose work shows a dedication to the creative advancement of the art of nonfiction filmmaking.
Features are defined as 40 minutes and above, shorts as less than 40 minutes.
All shipping costs and insurance to the festival office are the festivalʼs responsibility. Films must be accompanied by return instructions.
Selection Media Type
Screening Media Type
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Chris Boeckmann (Associate Programmer, Submissions Director); David Wilson (Programmer/Admin.).
True/False Film Fest
attn: Chris Boeckmann
5 South 9th St. #205
Columbia, MO 65201
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