The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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True/False Film Fest 

March 5-8, 2020 / Columbia, Missouri / truefalse.org

“So much has already been said and written about True/False that it’s hard to cover new ground, but it’s all true,” declares a panelist. For one four-day weekend each year, the college town of Columbia becomes such a bustling hub of non-fiction moviemaking that “even the busboys in local restaurants give film recommendations,” a panelist observes. Would-be attendees who are broke and pressed for time can rejoice, too: “Unlike 99 percent of film festivals, they actually pay filmmakers to attend and pack everything into one exuberant weekend, so you can get on with your filmmaking lives,” says a panelist. There’s also the opening night jubilee and Gimme Truth!, a documentary game show. “True/False is hands down the most good- vibes, great-taste, filmmaker-friendly film festival I’ve ever known,” raves a panelist. “Co-founders Paul Sturtz and David Wilson bring 40 feature documentaries and 20 shorts out to a college town and ply you with beer, snacks, hoodies, good cheer, and everything you need to relive the youth you never had.”

True/False film fest-goers pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a march through downtown Columbia, Missouri

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This article appears in MovieMaker’s Summer 2019 issue. Featured illustration by Wenjia Tang

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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