True/False Film Festival expects more than 37,000 attendees

Mar 1, 2013

From today through Sunday, True/False Film Fest will be taking over downtown Columbia. Throughout the weekend, 37 feature films and 3 short films will be screened at 8 different venues like Missouri United Methodist Church downtown.
True/False spokesperson Hannah Carlson said there is no way to know how many people will attend the festival until after the weekend is over, but she is optimistic about the turn out so far.
“Despite all this weather and the ice and the snow, it’s looking really great,” she said. “We’re really happy with how many tickets and especially passes were purchased this year. If you just walk around down the streets of Columbia, you’ll see that people have come from all over the United States and even the world to

Carlson said 3,000 multi-film passes were purchased prior to the festival. She said 37,500 people attended last year’s festival, and she expects the number to go up this year.

Throughout the past week, festival volunteers transformed local building into functional theater venues. Missouri United Methodist’s multipurpose room has been transformed into a 380-seat theater. Johanna Lee, the event and volunteer coordinator at the Methodist church, said they will see more than 4,500 people coming into their building.

“We have 12 screenings scheduled in the theater,” she said. “They anticipate at least 300 people will be here for each one of those screenings, and of course, some of them, they’ll max out and have to turn people away.”

Lee said the festival will not interrupt normal Sunday services because those are held in a different part of the building.