The internationally renowned True/False Film Fest will return to downtown Columbia March 1-4.

Now entering its 15th year, True/False’s place has been cemented, not only among nonfiction film festivals, but among the canon of the best film fests on the planet. Continuously named one of the “coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine, the fest has received rave reviews from filmmakers, attendees and industry insiders year after year.

What began in 2004 with 24 feature-length films has grown and evolved into a celebration of nonfiction filmmaking with a program boasting 46 feature-length films and five shorts programs. In addition to the films, there are interactive art installations, busking musicians, nightly concerts, dance parties, a ramshackle parade, a raucously funny game show, special events and more jammed into four nonstop days and nights.

Every film is accompanied by an in-depth Q & A with the film’s director and/or subjects.

Many of the programmed films arrive in the heart of the heartland fresh from Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival or other high-profile festivals, while some appear mysteriously before their premieres elsewhere. And a fortunate few films get to make their official bow at True/False.

Events will begin Thursday, March 1, with 18 films screened throughout the evening, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. As part of the opening night festivities, the Jubilee, a masquarade-themed gala, takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Missouri Theatre before the screening of “The Rider,” the opening night film.

On Friday, the weekend shifts into high-gear with films and events starting early in the morning and lasting well into the night until the festival’s finale on Sunday, March 4.

All festival events take place throughout downtown Columbia and the University of Missouri campus.

A variety of passes are available, beginning at $35. For details, go to

For more information on the 2018 True/False Film Fest (including a complete list of films, festivities and musicians), and an informative guide on “How to Festival,” please visit