Film festival continues contest for Missourian documentaries

Monday, February 4, 2008 | 6:34 p.m. CST; updated 2:28 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, and the True/False Film Festival is again inviting amateur filmmakers to prove this conventional wisdom and fool audiences at the same time.

As part of the Gimme Truth! contest, True/False is inviting Missouri filmmakers to create documentaries profiling fellow Missourians.

The twist is that entries are either entirely contrived or entirely truthful and will be judged on their ability to fool judges.

The top 10 entries will be screened at Stephens College’s Lela Raney Wood Hall, 1200 E. Broadway, on March 2, the last day of the festival. The screening, which will take place in the format of a 1960s TV quiz show, will ask judges to guess whether the documentaries are truth or fiction.

“We are looking to see some nice production and editing, but mostly creativity,” said Robin Griswold, an organizer of the contest. Griswold stressed the need for originality, such as a previous finalist’s fictional documentary on a vegetarian dog.

The top 10 entries will win prizes, and the winner will take home at least $500 in cash and prizes.

This is the third year for the contest.

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