What We Heard From Filmmakers

Survey results from the more than 400 conference attendees demonstrated that Getting Real 2014 not only succeeded in bringing the documentary community together to confront the critical issues facing the field, but also achieved impressive results in other areas as well, such as:

Benefiting Filmmakers' Career Development
91% of attendees felt the conference provided tools, information or connections that will be helpful to their careers

Building a Sense Community
95% felt the event was effective or very effective in creating a sense of community

Moving Forward on Issues
89% expressed interest in working with their peers to improve the documentary field

Creating a Unique Event
87% felt Getting Real 2014 offered a unique or very unique experience for its participants compared to other nonfiction media conferences

Filmmakers Get Real about Getting Real 2014

I was absolutely floored with the conference. It was one of the best conceived and best executed events that I've experienced in my entire career. [It] was tremendously energizing. Each of the three days felt essential and the issues addressed, urgent.

- Dan Krauss, Director, The Kill Team

The conference was an incredible success. Everyone I spoke to loved the panels, the mixture of new filmmakers and experienced, and the intimacy with which you incorporated all the sensitive topics of the day.

- Ross Kauffman, Director, E-TEAM

The IDA has really taken the documentary film field to a new level.

- Pamela Yates, Director, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

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