• 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

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

Getting Real is IDA’s biennial conference on documentary media. The only gathering of its kind in North America, the conference attracts thousands of filmmakers and industry professionals from around the globe. 

This year, all Getting Real ‘20 activities will be digital! Join us online to learn from, challenge, support and inspire each other as members of a documentary ecosystem.

REGISTER TODAY!

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.

FREE FOR ALL

#docsgetreal

Register now for our free digital conference! From Tuesday, September 29 through Saturday, October 3, 2020, participate in 5 days of keynotes, panels, breakout groups and networking activities to spark ideas, joy and connection with fellow members of the documentary community. 

Programming highlights include:

  • Keynotes and panel discussions about authorship and ethics; representation in front of and behind the camera; disrupting the development funding status quo; intersectionality in the edit room; the power of public media; and much more

  • 1:1s: Expand your network in series of of randomly-matched 1-on-1 meetings

  • Virtual happy hours, screenings, and opportunities to breathe and move

Breakouts dedicated digital breakout spaces for members of filmmaker collectives and networks such as Brown Girls Doc Mafia, the Documentary Producers Alliance, and FWD-Docs, as well as US regional and global regional groups.

Schedule breakdown:

Tues. Sept 29 Wed. Sept 30 Thurs. Oct 1 Fri. Oct 2 Sat. Oct 3

keynotes & panels

breakouts

breakouts

keynotes & panels

keynotes & panels

Additional sessions take place all five days*