• July 18, 2018

    IDA announced today that it will bring Gimme Truth! to Getting Real ‘18, the only documentary film gathering of its kind in North America. This special edition of the infamous documentary game show is presented in partnership with True/False Film Fest. The wildly entertaining event is a hilarious mashup of filmmaking and investigation, where local filmmakers attempt to stump the panelists with their short doc-style videos that are entirely TRUE or entirely FALSE. The game show will be free and open to the public.

  • June 25, 2018

    Getting Real ‘18, a three-day conference presented by the International Documentary Association (IDA) in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the largest gathering of its kind in North America. The 2018 edition will take place September 25-27, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caty Borum Chattoo with winning pose
    January 5, 2018 @

    A candid assessment of the current landscape for documentary filmmakers, this opening plenary lays the groundwork for three packed days of programming around the areas of art, diversity and sustainability at Getting Real '16. Presenters and audience members will size up the critical issues, both...

  • group photo of Jai Tiggett, Deb Esquenazi, Sonya Childress, Renee Tajima-Peña, Steve James, Anna Vasquez, Simon Kilmurry, Mohammad Mubarak, Jack Pettibone Riccobono, and Rob Brown.
    September 20, 2017 @

    As the field of impact extends the life and reach of documentary films, it also reshapes and complicates the relationship between filmmaker and film subject. Increasingly filmmakers and film subjects spend months traveling together speaking to issues related to the film, the filmmaking process,...

  • Marcia Smith (right) posing with Sonia Kennebeck (left) in front of step and repeat with IDA, Getting Real '16 and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences logos.
    September 20, 2017 @

    Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, an award-winning non-profit film organization, and principal of Firelight Films, a documentary film production dedicated to nurturing projects by emerging independent filmmakers and impact producers of color. With a record-breaking...

  • Grace Lee speaking behind the podium.
    September 20, 2017 @

    Grace Lee directed the Peabody award-winning documentary AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, which The Hollywood Reporter called ”an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to effect change.” The film premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film...

  • January 18, 2017
    Editor's Note: The following is a keynote address that Marcia Smith of Firelight Media delivered at IDA's Getting Real conference last September.