By Megan McConachie and Rachel Grant, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

We can’t believe how often we run into people who live in Columbia but have never attended the True/False Film Festival. After we shake the looks of disbelief off our faces, we sing the praises of this festival.  Here’s why you simply must — must — give True/False a try:

The March March

Have you ever wanted to be in a parade? We did too, so the Convention and Visitors Bureau team joined the March March last year. The parade kicks off True/False weekend on Friday evening and runs through the streets of downtown. Full of music, dancing, and animals in costume, the March March sets the tone for the frivolity you’ll enjoy all weekend.

The Buskers

If you like music with your movies (who doesn’t), True/False delivers with its outstanding busker program. Before each film, music groups ranging from bluegrass ensembles to French street bands welcome you into the theater.

The Q&As

Every True/False film features a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the screening. If you stick around, you’ll find out what happened to your favorite subject or what the director has planned next.

The Films

It cannot be repeated enough that True/False has established itself as one of the most world-renowned festivals for documentary films. Columbia is fortunate to have access to art of this quality, and you will leave every film having been moved in some way.

The Joy

One of the best parts of the festival is experiencing the people. Locals embrace True/False and visitors immerse themselves in Columbia for the weekend. Their engagement brings a joy to downtown that lasts for days afterward. This incredible feeling is why people return year after year and why you simply can’t miss this fantastic festival.

March 1-4, 2018. We’ll see you there!


Megan McConachie and Rachel Grant are Columbia’s tourism duo. They work in communications at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau and share a passion for traveling, ice cream, baby animals, and, most importantly, Columbia.

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