World Renowned True/False Film Festival Returns to Columbia
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Written by Columbia CVB   
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 07:58 PM

COLUMBIA, MO - Incredible documentary films, music, programs, and parties will take center stage throughout downtown Columbia during the celebrated True/False Film FestFebruary 28 through March 3.

This four-day celebration of art and life showcases some of the most thought-provoking non-fiction filmmaking from across the globe. In addition to having over 50 films, there will be over 40 different musicians and musical groups performing throughout the extended weekend before films, along the sidewalks and during the festival's 10 different concerts. The films and the music combined with the many other enjoyable special events, programs and interactive art installations contribute to True/False routinely being named one of the "Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Filmmaker Magazine and why USA Today named True/False one of the top 10 "amazing film festivals worth traveling for" in 2019.

"True/False is one of the biggest highlights of the year," says Megan McConachie, strategic communications manager for the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. "You can feel the excitement in the weeks leading up to True/False as the downtown venues begin transforming for the festival and so many people are talking about what films they want to see, who's coming to town and what surprises are in store for this year. It's an awesome festival and we couldn't be more proud that it takes place in Columbia."

The 2019 True/False film program features 36 new feature-length films and 18 short films. Each individual screening is designed to be an intimate interaction between the artists and the audience. All films will be accompanied by the filmmakers and/or subjects with an in-depth Q & A to follow the screenings, making it a personal experience for all in attendance.

The opening day of True/False Film Fest, Thursday, Feb. 28, is jam-packed with films, concerts and parties. There are 18 films screening on Thursday, beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the last to begin at 10:30 p.m. The Jubliee, a masquarade-themed opening night gala, takes place from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. in the historic Missouri Theatre before the 7 p.m. screening of "Knock Down the House." Other activities include a live music showcase featuring three bands at Café Berlin beginning at 8 p.m., the Short Circuit Party held at Pressed beginning at 10:30 p.m. and the Blue Note Afterparty featuring DJ Dan Deacon at 11 p.m.

From there, True/False carries on at full-steam from mid-morning Friday until the festival's final curtain call on Sunday evening. Just as on the opening day of the festival, each day and evening is packed with films, parties, concerts and special events.

Filmmaker Nuria Ibáñez Castañeda will be awarded the 2019 True Vision Award, the only award given at the fest. The True Vision Award is given to the filmmaker whose work shows a dedication to the creative advancement of the art of nonfiction filmmaking. Ibáñez Castañeda's latest film, "A Wild Stream," will be featured throughout the festival as well as a retrospective of her previous films.

The film "Midnight Traveler" has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 True Life Fund. This philanthropic effort, in partnership with The Crossing Church, raises money to support and honor the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund is the community's way of responding to the stories seen on screen and to offer tangible assistance to the real-life subjects on screen. "Midnight Traveler" is a moving account of a family searching for a home. Filmed by Hassan Fazili, "Midnight Travler" is a first-person account of joy, frustration and courage as Fazili and his family flee Afghanistan after the Taliban places a bounty on Hassan's head. Money raised throughout the festival will go to support the Fazili family.

What sets True/False apart from other film festivals is being able to interact with fellow film-goers, filmmakers and musicians the entire weekend. From morning until night, attendees can enjoy a variety of fare and beverages from the numerous restaurants, bistros, breweries and food trucks that dot the downtown district. As a result, you never know who you're going to bump into or share a drink with.

All festival events take place throughout downtown Columbia and the University of Missouri campus. Each location is within quick walking distance from one another, making this one of the easiest festivals to attend and enjoy.

A variety of passes are available for the 2019 festival and run from $45 to $975. New for this year, the Stay Up Late pass costs $45 and is a great option for those that want to get a taste of the True/False fun after dark by offering access to films beginning after 9 p.m. as well as most fest concerts and parties. For attendees that can't get enough of the live music at True/False, the Busker Band pass grants access to all busker showcases and nightly concerts. More details on the perks of the passes, and how to purchase them, can be found at

For more information on the 2019 True/False Film Fest (including a complete list of filmsfestivities and musicians), please visit


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