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10 Reasons to Attend Getting Real '20

By Sally Márquez

While we are missing being with each other in person, we’re looking forward to nurturing our relationships with members of the documentary community online. Getting Real ‘20, our FREE digital mini-conference, is a perfect way to connect with like minded folks to reimagine the documentary ecosystem! 

Here are 10 reasons why you won’t want to miss this year's edition of #DocsGetReal:

1. New possibilities

This year, we’re focusing on themes of access, power, and possibility. Be a part of the hard and beautiful work to reconfigure old systems and create a new and brighter documentary future. 

2. Connect from your ideal locale 

Join and participate from anywhere to explore the cutting edge discussion around documentary media. 

3. It’s more accessible than ever before 

There will be ASL interpretation and CART Captioning, with an external link to StreamText, for all main stage events. ASL interpretation will also be available upon request for the breakout sessions. IDA has been working with an accessibility consultant, All Senses Go, to make sure our event is as accessible as possible—from our Getting Real IDA website, through Grenadine registration, to engagement with the content on our viewing platform, Hopin. 

4. Get inspired

Hear from powerful keynote speakers such as Maria Agui Carter on The Latinx Narrative; Sam Feder and protagonists from Disclosure on LGBTQ+ representation in front of and behind the camera; and Zeng Jinyan on  questions of working class, authorship, and ethics in her films. 

5. Meet new people

This year has been hard for so many of us, on so many levels. But arguably, the hardest part has been the separation from other people. We’re facilitating digital connections through 1-on-1 meetings, so you can meet and talk with people with similar interests and values, and maybe even meet your next project collaborator!

6. Learn new skills

Don’t know how to start on your journey as a documentarian? Wondering what are the best interview techniques? We’ve got sessions that will help emerging makers explore best practices in filmmaking and skills to navigate the power dynamics embedded throughout the process. 

7. Discuss challenges and opportunities 

Gather and discuss emerging challenges or opportunities in your regional breakout groups, whether you’re based in the States or live abroad.

8. Participate in creator collectives and networks

The last five years has seen an explosion of grassroots groups of documentary makers organizing for a better future. Groups such as Queer Doc, FWD-Doc, A-Doc, The Alliance of Documentary Editors, and others will host breakout groups for new and existing members to connect and reflect. 

9. Experience joy

No conference is complete without some fun! Using an on-screen avatar, mingle and talk with other attendees during our virtual happy hours, or get out of your chair during dance and movement sessions.

10. Discover new documentaries

Tune into digital screenings of new documentary work and hear directly from the makers in this new programming addition.

Register for Getting Real ‘20 starting this week!

Sally Márquez is the IDA's Associate Communications Manager.