Founded by Peter Gerard and Aaron Davis in 2000, Bargain Basement was the first film festival in Columbia, Missouri. For two years BBFF showcased the best low-to-no-budget cinematic talent the world has to offer. Columbia audiences came out in droves and enjoyed films, parties, ramen-noodle cook-offs, and ice cream socials.

After the successful 2001 festival, the door to the basement was locked indefinitely.

Luckily, our friends eventually started the amazing True/False Film Festival in its place.