• 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 conference attracts thousands of filmmakers and industry professionals. It is the only gathering of its kind in North America. All Getting Real activities for 2020 will be digital. We hope that we will be able to convene in-person at some point in 2021 with a full Getting Real conference. But until then, let us come together online as members of a documentary ecosystem to learn from, challenge, support and inspire one another.

Access. Power. Possibility.

  • As documentarians, we often talk about “access” to a story. Access is everything. But access to money, racial privilege, physical spaces, geography, digital connection and ways of communicating have long been barriers for too many storytellers. Simultaneously, access to technologies, platforms, support networks, social movements and innovation in form have been an incredible source of strength and artistry.

  • The power imbalances in our documentary ecosystem—between funder and funded; industry insiders and emerging voices; BIPOC communities and white people; curator and applicant; those with a camera and those without; storyteller and audience—must be discussed openly as we chart an ethical path into the future. Along the way, we must recognize and harness the incredible power of the documentary form and of stories that fuels movements.

  • We can imagine the possibilities for an expanded documentary ecosystem. Together, during Getting Real, let us commit to the challenging and joyful work of defining what that looks like, and planning on how to make it happen, both on-screen and off.

Summer Series: Getting Real NOW

In the second half of the summer, we will feature three keynotes and conversations from voices in our field who will pose important questions about what access, power, and possibility mean for documentary in 2020 and beyond. We will announce speakers and dates soon that will set the stage for the programming in the Fall.

Fall Mini-Conference Sept 29 - Oct 3: Getting Real '20 Digital

From Tuesday, September 29 through Saturday, October 3, 2020 we will offer a free digital 5-day mini-conference.

  • Three of the five days will include common public programs—a mix of keynotes, conversations, workshops, and panels. There will be approximately three sessions per day, none of which will overlap or conflict with each other.

  • Two of the days will be dedicated to convenings of various film groups and collectives, along with regional and global breakout sessions.

In this time of social distancing and virtual connection, we aim to help people build relationships, find community, and make time for moments of joy throughout our five days together.