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Key Dates

  • All Access Registration Ends: April 9, 2024
  • Getting Real '24 Fellowship Application: October 27 - November 20, 2023
  • Volunteer Applications are currently open
  • Getting Real '24: April 15-18, 2024
  • Pass sales are final and nonrefundable after April 9, 2024

What Pass Should I Get?

All Access Pass (in person and virtual)

Virtual Together Pass (virtual only)

The All Access Pass includes:

  • Opening night activities: a live cinema performance and entry to the Opening Night Party
  • Conference programming: access to all panel conversations, workshops, keynote speeches, and additional live cinema performances
  • Opportunity to sign up for in-person “Meet the Funders” roundtables
  • Complimentary lunch at "Meet the Funders" and "Industry Expo"
  • Coffee Stations
  • Hotel discounts at the Getting Real ’24 partner hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown
  • As well as everything offered in the Virtual Pass!
  • Early Bird Price (valid until December 25): $450 | $375 for IDA Members
  • Regular Price: $550 | $475 for IDA Members

The Virtual Together Pass includes:

  • Global access: you will meet conference-goers and peers from all over the world
  • Conference programming: virtual live streams of most panel conversations, workshops, and keynote speeches (exclusions will apply to a select few events with limited slots) through Eventive, our conference platform
  • Asynchronous play-pack of most live streamed events for 1 month following the conference
  • Opportunity to sign up for virtual “Meet the Funders” roundtables
  • Price: $95 | $80 for IDA Members

IDA members, please log in to IDA Member Portal to find your special discount code and click on the Buy Now button below and then "Have a discount code?" to enter your code.

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Who Attends Getting Real?

In 2022, we hosted our most international Getting Real conference to date, welcoming 600 in-person and more than 2,000 virtual participants from a total of 69 countries.

Recent past featured speakers include filmmakers such as Dawn Porter, Morgan Spurlock, Lucy Walker, Nanfu Wang, Frederick Wiseman, Sam Feder, Jessica Beshir, Payal Kapadia, Sara Dosa, Su Kim, Amy Hobby, Joe Bini, Karim Amer, Michèle Stephenson, Stanley Nelson, Michel Zongo, Rosine Mbakam, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, Anand Patwardhan, and many others. Other attendees include industry professionals and executives from Just Films | Ford Foundation, Cinetic, A&E, Netflix, Nat Geo Documentary Films, ITVS, AmDoc/POV, Firelight Media, Kin Theory, NEA, Danish Film Institute, Taiwan Docs, California Humanities, BAVC, Documentary Organization of Canada, Documentary Association of Europe, and others.

Over the past decade, the impact of Getting Real on the broader nonfiction filmmaking industry has been extensive. Some panels that began at the conference, such as the #decolonizedocs strand, have reconfigured the terms of conversations around questions of ethics, access, and accountability within the larger documentary industry. Important filmmaker-led documentary organizations, including FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers With Disabilities), A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network), and the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, emerged directly out of conversations at Getting Real. In 2022, IDA announced the commencement of the groundbreaking Nonfiction Access Initiative (NAI), a multi-year collaborative effort that will support and create resources for disabled nonfiction filmmakers.

To ensure Getting Real ’24 attendance continues to reflect a diverse range of geographic, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, we will conduct targeted outreach to members of organizations and filmmaker collectives who may be unable to attend but nevertheless will significantly contribute to conference discussions. Individuals who face financial barriers for pass purchases can email to receive a complimentary virtual pass, no questions asked.

What Will Happen at Getting Real?

We expect Getting Real ’24 to follow a schedule similar to the following:      

Monday, April 15, 2024 

  • 12:00PM-7:00PM: Pass pickup
  • 7:00PM: Live documentary cinema performance (TBA)
  • 8:30PM: Opening Night Party      

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 – Thursday, April 18, 2024

  • 9:00AM - 5:00PM: Pass pickup
  • 9:00AM - 5:00PM: Conference panels, workshops, keynotes, and other activities