Ready for True/False Film Festival 2014?

Ok, Mid-Missourians, Columbia’s True/False Film Festival 2014 starts Thursday (Feb. 27, running through March 2), so I hope you have your passes ready and films picked out, because things are about to get pretty exciting.

If you don’t know much about True/False, here’s the Readers Digest version:

  • 2014 marks the festival’s 11th year
  • Documentary films are the focus
  • Over four days, 40 films will be shown at eight different venues in and around downtown Columbia
  • Many of these docs screened at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; notable entries are The Overnighters; Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart; and Rich Hill, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was filmed in Rich Hill, Mo.
  • Nearly 40,000 people are expected to attend.

Oh and there is live music from around the world, with special concerts and “busker” performances before every screening. And as you walk from film to film, don’t miss the unique displays which dot the downtown landscape, created by visual artists.

Crowd at Gimme Truth! at the Blue Note.

Didn’t purchase a pass for True/False Film Festival this weekend but still want to see a film or two, or 10? Well don’t worry, it’s totally still possible!

The box office for remaining individual ticket sales opens tomorrow, Feb. 27, 2014, at its new location, 1020 E. Broadway. Tickets are on sale for up to 15 minutes before the film showings.

Pass holders get first dibs and can reserve tickets in advance, which means some of the films will be sold out before the box office opens there is still a chance to see these films. The sold out films are designated online with an “NRT” tag (meaning No Reserve Tickets”). However, the festival reserves 10 percent of tickets to each film for “Q” system users. To see the NTR films, you will want to take advantage of the “Q” system.

This is how the “Q” works:

  1. Show up an hour before the film starts.
  2. Hang out with the costumed volunteers called Q(ueens) while you wait for them to hand you a number that will hold your place in line.
  3. Return 15 minutes before the screening time.
  4. Queue up and pray your number isn’t one too many!

Don’t stress if you don’t make it in, most of the films have multiple showings. So get ready for a weekend in Columbia full of great music, a parade, an early morning run and fantastic documentaries!

General Admission: $8 at the box office, $10 at the door or through the Q.

Check out this video showcasing the 2013 True/False Film Festival.

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