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Documentary Film Conference Announced for October 2014

By KJ Relth

Tonight at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the International Documentary Association announced plans for the Documentary Film Conference 2014. Co-presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the conference will take place October 2 through 4 in Los Angeles. Under this inaugural year’s banner "Getting Real", the Documentary Film Conference 2014 is a 3-day national conference that will serve as a major platform for critical discourse on the most pressing issues affecting the documentary film community.

With major focus centered on the areas of art, impact, and career, the Documentary Film Conference seeks to answer questions important to those involved in the world of documentary film: What will the documentary form look like in the future? Can my film change the world? Does it have to? How can we create a sustainable environment for documentary filmmakers?

The Conference will also include an evening retrospective of documentary film classics that will be linked to the issues discussed during the day's events.

"This conference is first and foremost an opportunity for filmmakersto participate in a discussion of critical issues affecting the documentary film community," says IDA Executive Director Michael Lumpkin. That’s why we need to hear from you! We want to know what you think are the most critical issues facing our community. We've crafted a brief survey to help gather your thoughts and share your input. Weigh in with your opinion today and have your voice heard at the Documentary Film Conference 2014 in October!

Funding for this conference was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Catapult Film Fund, and the Albert and Trudy Kallis Foundation.

Learn more about the conference