• Photo by Mustafa Rony Zeno

  • Photo by Mark Hayes

  • Photo by Mark Hayes

  • Photo by Laura Ahmed

  • Photo by Laura Ahmed

  • Photo by Susan Yin

  • Photo by Mark Hayes

  • Photo by Mark Hayes

  • Photo by Laura Ahmed

  • Photo by Susan Yin

  • Photo by Todd Williamson

  • Courtesy of AMPAS

  • Courtesy of AMPAS

#docsgetreal

Getting Real is a biennial conference on documentary media. This three-day conference will attract over 1,000 filmmakers and industry professionals. It is the only gathering of its kind in North America. The fourth edition will take place September 22-24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

IDA member-exclusive early-bird passes go on sale early Spring. If you are not a member, join the IDA family at the individual level or above to take advantage of the discount.

We Are Moving!

Getting Real has more than doubled in participants since 2014. From 47 sessions at three venues, to 76 sessions at four venues, then to 86 sessions at eight venues, we've come a long way and have outgrown our Hollywood hub. For the fourth edition of Getting Real, we are moving down Sunset to 1 Hotel West Hollywood. The new space will enable us to gather as the close-knit community that we are. 

What We Heard From Filmmakers in 2018

 What a magnificent experience Getting Real was this past year, as it always is. I was able to bring my work to more colleagues, friends, and supporters than at any other forum I can think of. The networking with other documentary filmmakers and sponsors is unparalleled. There is no better conference for documentary filmmakers to get their voices heard within the community. As a filmmaker with a disability, I can say that IDA has been the first major organization to bring disability into the conversation around documentary makers. At Getting Real 2018, I was able to talk about not only my own work, but the important topics around disability and documentary-making to a huge number of people because of the opportunities Getting Real went out of its way to present.  

- Jason DaSilva, President & Founder AXS Lab Inc.

 As someone who has spent more than 25 years as a documentarian, it’s hard to express how far our filmmaking world has come. Today we have a rich and diverse documentary community, telling important stories while building empathy, understanding and truth. Central to that evolution is the IDA and the Getting Real conference. It is a chance for us to come together as storytellers and share lessons, ideas and aspirations. I’ve had a rich experience with Getting Real as a speaker and attendee. More than anything, the conference allows us to connect with emerging voices and share the knowledge and purpose on what is often a lonely road.

- Morgan Neville, Tremolo Productions

 It's unlike any other film gathering I'd ever been to—it's more inspiring than a conference, more engaging and sincere than a networking event, and doesn't have the work and pressure of a film festival. Rather, Getting Real gave me the very special opportunity to zoom out on my career, meet face-to-face with colleagues I'd never met in-person and to develop and teach concrete skills. It's a special, radically collaborative, caring, and nurturing event for artists, producers, creators and distributors.

- Ani Mercedes, Looky Looky Pictures

 My wife and I are mid-career documentary filmmakers, both from a significantly underrepresented community, and both having each worked on a number of features so far. She attended Getting Real 2016, and insisted I attend 2018, I'm truly glad I did. The sessions were really quite informative, wide-ranging in scope and easily accessible. But the conference more than just listening to lectures. As a meeting point for documentary filmmakers from far and wide, I used the lunches and dinner parties to network with old connections as well as make new ones. In one-on-one sessions we got solid feedback on our projects. And in between all of that, I attended more sessions. I did a lot of talking, a lot of listening and certainly a lot of walking, and I look forward to doing it again next year!

- Talal Jabari, Documentary filmmaker