Columbia is home to many spectacular festivals, and people can’t stop talking about the True/False Film Festival. Now in its eighth year, True/False is earning international attention as one of the best documentary film festivals in the world.
From March 3-6, Columbia will be transformed into a film lover’s utopia with four days of films, musical performances, workshops and parties. It is truly an event that has to be experienced to fully understand.
The District, Columbia’s vibrant downtown area, as well as the Stephens College campus, serve as the backdrop for this thrilling weekend. The District is home to local restaurants, bars, coffee shops, boutiques, and vintage stores, all of which will be ready to celebrate True/False. The festival kicks off with the March March, a parade (anyone can join, by the way) through the District and continues with its original and festive atmosphere until the Buskers Last Stand on closing night.
Of course, it can’t be ignored that True/False is a film festival! Documentaries fresh from the Sundance and Toronto film festivals grace the screens of Columbia. This year, films ranging in topic from a chimpanzee raised by humans to small-town, independent wrestlers to an African election will have audience members thinking and feeling in ways they might not expect.
True/False also has a variety of ‘Secret Screenings’ often making their cinematic debut at True/False.
If your festive side is calling, then make your way to Columbia in early March. Passes are still available and reservations have already begun, but individual tickets will be available to select screenings the weekend of the festival. Even if the films aren’t your thing, the festive atmosphere of locals, visitors, filmmakers and more will make True/False weekend in Columbia one you won’t soon forget.
Written by Megan McConachie, web and communications manager, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau.