Doc U Seminars

Doc U is the IDA's year-round series of classes, conversations, panels and workshops focusing on the art, craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Led by celebrated artists and renowned industry experts, Doc U provides experienced and aspiring filmmakers alike with insider insights and practical tips on essential topics ranging from cinematography and editing to fundraising and distribution.

Doc U Seminars Online

Doc U Online brings IDA's popular Doc U filmmaker development program to the web, allowing IDA members around the world to benefit from this year-round series of classes, conversations, panels and workshops led by renowned filmmakers and top industry professionals. Complete, high-quality videos of past events can be viewed online thanks to generous funding from The Harnsich Foundation and Lekha Singh.


A unique gathering of filmmakers and industry professionals that took place in Los Angeles on September 30 - October 2, 2014, GETTING REAL was an unprecedented three day conference presented by IDA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that initiated what has been desperately needed in the documentary community: a frank public conversation about the state of our industry leading to action and change.

American Film Showcase

The American Film Showcase (AFS) is a major touring film program bringing American documentaries, feature films and animated shorts to audiences worldwide. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State's Bureau of Educational, Cultural Affairs and USC's School of Cinematic Arts, the International Documentary Association and Film Independent.