Your True/False Film Fest Q-and-A guide

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 6:04 p.m. CST; updated 10:55 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Here is a user-friendly guide to the ins and outs of Columbia's renowned True/False Film Fest.

When is True/False Film Fest 2014?

The documentary film festival returns to Columbia on Feb. 27 and stays until March 2 for its 11th season. It offers movie screenings, concerts, parties, panel discussions, a parade, a 5K run and other events.

How and when can I get passes?

The most common way to attend the festival is to purchase one of four levels of passes that are available online nowTickets will also be sold at the box office, which opens at noon Feb. 27. 

GATEWAY PACKET — $35. From 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Feb. 21, any combination of three tickets from an abbreviated film list can be purchased. The three can be multiple tickets to one film, separate tickets to three films or something in between. The short list will be announced Monday.

SIMPLE PASS — $75. This pass allows one person to reserve up to 10 tickets online before the box office opens to the public (starting at 6 p.m. Saturday). Thursday night screenings are excluded.

Simple-pass-holders can queue up (See "What is the Q system?" below) to see additional movies if space is available. Access to other events is not included.

LUX PASS — $175. This pass gives one individual the opportunity to attend all festival films, including Thursday screenings. It includes free admission to the Jubilee Masquerade Ball on Thursday and the Friday "@ction party," as well as to Reality Bites and the Weird Wake Up at the Odd Fellows Lodge.

This type of pass also includes admission with a reserved ticket to the closing night film/reception, and the ability to reserve tickets to films online 48 hours before simple-pass-holders (starting at 6 p.m. Thursday). Admission to Busker musical showcases is also free, excluding Mojo's entry fee.

The Lux pass has sold out and is no longer available for purchase.

SILVER CIRCLE PASS — $400. Silver Circle pass holders can be admitted to all films, attend all special events and parties, reserve tickets online 48 hours before Lux pass holders (starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday), receive a combo ticket to attend the Jubilee ball with a guest and score a festival swag bag. The Silver Circle pass also includes admission to the "Based on a True Story: The Intersection of Documentary Film and Journalism" conference at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.

SUPER CIRCLE PASS — $700. In addition to admission to all films, special events and parties and the inclusion of a swag bag and Jubilee ball ticket, this pass allows people to reserve tickets online 48 hours before Silver Circle pass holders, which started at 6 p.m. Sunday. Super Circle pass holders also can have a 30-minute one-on-one talk with festival programmers to help plan the weekend. Three hundred dollars of the Super Circle's purchase price is considered tax deductible as a charitable donation to the festival.

THE BUSKER BAND — $30. New this year is The Busker Band pass, which grants admission to all of the festival's concerts and showcases. The non-transferable wristband also includes a movie voucher that can be exchanged for a screening ticket when the box office opens or admission to the Q line at Jesse Auditorium, the Missouri Theatre or the Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note.

If I have a pass, how do I reserve tickets online?

Descriptions of the festival films are available on the True/False website. Pass holders have a code that gives them access to reservations before they open to the public.

(MISSOURIAN DIGITAL MEMBERS: See descriptions of the films, as well as synopses and movie trailers.)

Super Circle, Silver Circle and Lux pass holders can select a film in each time slot. Simple-pass-holders can select up to 10 films.

Can I buy tickets to individual films?

Yes, beginning at noon Feb. 27 at the True/False box office on 1020 E. Broadway — if tickets are still available.

Tickets are $8 at the box office or $10 at the door. Students with a valid student ID can buy tickets for $6 at the box office.

Any tickets remaining at the box office will be available up to 15 minutes prior to film screenings.

Tickets to the closing night film and reception cost $12 at the box office and at the door.

What is the Q system?

An hour before the film starts, head to the venue and look for the venue Queen – the most flamboyant person in the area. The Queen will hand over a Q number, and the house manager will release all available seats five minutes before the start of the film.

These tickets cost $10 for non-pass-holders ($6 for students for films at the Missouri Theatre, The Blue Note and Jesse Auditorium); pass holders get Q tickets for free.

Silver Circle and Super Circle pass holders get “Silver Q” priority and the privilege to attend films without a ticket at The Blue Note, Missouri Theatre and Jesse Auditorium.

Are refunds available once a pass or ticket is purchased?

Refund requests for passes will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 19. There are no refunds for tickets purchased at the box office.

Where will the films be shown?

True/False shows films at eight venues. All venues are within walking distance of one another in downtown Columbia:

  • The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.
  • Forrest Theater at The Tiger Hotel, 23 S. Eighth St.
  • The Globe Theater (First Presbyterian Church), 16 Hitt St.
  • Jesse Auditorium, 801 Conley Ave.
  • The Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.
  • The Odd Fellows Lodge, 920 E. Walnut St.
  • The Picturehouse (Missouri United Methodist Church), 204 S. Ninth St.
  • Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt St.

How can I learn more about the films?

The festival website has descriptions of the films being shown. Check out the festival archives for an idea of what kinds of films will be shown. To ensure you see the films you want to see, take a look at the film schedule for times and locations of showings.

Will there be reviews of the festival films?

Vox Magazine reporters will watch and review all of the films for the magazine's True/False 2014 blog.

What else can I do at True/False?

The festival hosts multiple activities all weekend:

  • The March March Parade at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 28.
  • The True Life Run at 9 a.m. March 1 with an entry fee of $25. One of the prizes for the run will be a Lux pass to the True/False Film Fest in 2015.
  • Campfire Stories at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 28, but a reserved ticket is required.

How can I use social media to learn more about the festival?

The film festival maintains an active Twitter page and Facebook page.

What do I need to know about parking and transportation downtown?

All garages are open 24 hours, seven days a week. The District has 5,900 public and private parking spaces, including 1,413 on-street metered spaces.

Rates vary based on the location of the space. On-street parking costs between 60 and 75 cents per hour. Parking in a garage costs 50 cents per hour.

On-street metered parking is enforced between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There is no charge on Sunday.

City garages are located at Eighth and Walnut streets, Eighth and Cherry streets, Sixth and Cherry streets, Tenth and Cherry streets, and Fifth and Walnut streets.

Taxi service will be available downtown over the weekend. City buses will run between 6:20 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 and between 10 a.m. and 7:05 p.m. March 1. There will be no city buses on Sunday.

The city will alter its FastCAT route to provide service to all of the venues at no charge to pass holders. A one-way bus ride costs $1.50, and buses will run for the duration of the festival. Detailed information about navigating the festival, including specific bus operating hours, can be found on the festival website.

How can I stay informed about True/False on the go?

The festival has an app for the iPhone and Android. The app, which can be found on the festival's website, contains the schedule, film descriptions and news.

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