True/False 2018 Screening Application
*Applications due by Friday, April 28, 2017*

The True/False Film Fest has openings on its submissions committee for mid-Missouri-based documentary screeners. For folks who are interested in screening remotely, please send us an email first before applying.

Starting this summer and continuing through the end of the year, hundreds of non-fiction films of all kinds (from works of conventional reportage to the avant-garde) will pour in from all around the world, and all of them will be viewed at least once, some several times, by members of our committee. The primary job of a screener is to thoughtfully view and correctly identify films of interest to the True/False programming team. True/False (March 1-4, 2018) is an annual celebration of non-fiction cinema. Its programming department values distinct filmmaking and careful craft; it gives no extra points to "important" messages or stories. In addition to playing some of the year's best non-fiction cinema, True/False also explores chimeric films that straddle the line between fiction and non-fiction.

Screeners are responsible for watching a minimum of 50 films (short films as well as feature-length) over five months and posting capsule-length analyses of the films. In addition, screeners are asked to attend and participate in 2 or more weekly group screenings a month, which occur on Tuesday evenings and include the entire submissions staff. While this is a volunteer position, benefits include a free festival pass (Simple Pass for 50 reviews, Lux for 75 reviews), bonus gear, and the chance to see obscure, noteworthy films with other fascinating, talented documentary fans.

We will contact you about the status of your application by the end of April. If you have any questions about this application or the screening process, please don't hesitate to email Arin Liberman at

What's your name?
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What's your email address?
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Screeners are required to watch 4-5 films (a mix of features and shorts) per week between September and December, for a total of 50 films. Are you willing and able to meet this deadline?
Have you attended True/False?
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you're interested in becoming a screener.
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Please select a documentary you hold in high regard (preferably a True/False selection) and analyze some of the creative decisions that make the film work so well.
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Please select a documentary that disappointed you (preferably a True/False selection). What were its creative missteps? What are its strengths?
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Please briefly (recommended length: 100-200 words) share your thoughts on ONE of the following topics. 1) the structure of STRANGER IN PARADISE, 2) Travis Wilkerson's performance in DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?, 3) filmmaking technique of 13TH, 4) the short "Like" (watch here:, 5) Michael Moore, 6) the difference between documentary and fiction, 7) documentary soundtracks
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Are you available from 5:30-7:30 Tuesday, August 22 AND Tuesday, August, 29 for orientation meetings?
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