A filmmaker-to-filmmaker event

Unlike any other event on the documentary calendar, Getting Real is a unique gathering of filmmakers and industry professionals that will ignite what is desperately needed in the documentary community: a frank public conversation about the state of our industry that will lead to action and change.

Produced by the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, GETTING REAL is an unprecedented 3-day national conference for documentary filmmakers that will take place in Los Angeles from September 30 - October 2, 2014.


Focused on three major topic areas, Getting Real will ask the tough questions:

  • CAREER. How can we create a sustainable environment for documentary filmmakers?
  • ART. What forces are shaping the documentary form today... and into the future?
  • IMPACT. Can my film change the world? Does it have to?


Keynote Speakers

Joe Bini

Cara Mertes

Dawn Porter

Morgan Spurlock

Lucy Walker