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International Documentary Association – Getting Real Conference

March 21, 2024

Golden Globe Foundation

Event Date: April 15-18, 2024

International Documentary Association (IDA) is holding its sixth biennial Getting Real conference between April 15–18, 2024, in Los Angeles and virtually worldwide. Thinking holistically about the lives and afterlives of documentaries, #docsgetreal will spotlight how documentarians should access institutions, people, spaces, and resources so the doc community can benefit from each other. Getting Real ‘24 celebrates a decade of what is now the largest peer-to-peer gathering of its kind in North America. Register now for the hybrid event at

Dates: April 15 – 18, 2024

Venue: In-person in Los Angeles + Virtual Worldwide 

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Getting Real is a biennial conference designed for and by documentary practitioners and focused on the business and art of nonfiction storytelling. The sixth edition of GETTING REAL will celebrate a decade of what is now the largest peer-to-peer gathering of its kind in North America. 

This four-day event provides a space for the field to hold constructive conversations, build lasting relationships, and tackle the ethical, creative, sustainability, production, and distribution challenges facing our growing community. The core of the conference programming connects participants who hail from diverse independent filmmaking sectors, geographic regions, and professional status, platforming the most exciting new and established voices dialoguing with each other.

Historically, the conference has drawn the most powerful players from the documentary field (major streaming platforms, deep-pocketed funding agencies, among others) and placed them face-to-face with independent documentary filmmakers from across the country and the world. Getting Real has hosted press-embargoed presentations where industry members felt comfortable relaying private data, as well as created intimate spaces for filmmakers to talk candidly about their experiences.

Conference Theme: Strategy, Networks, Access

The 2024 conference theme will encourage a groundswell of initiatives, research, connections, and action dedicated to connecting documentary filmmakers with their audiences. Thinking holistically about both the lives and afterlives of documentaries, we’ll spotlight how documentarians should access institutions, people, spaces, and resources so we can benefit from being in community with each other. Through this theme, the conference will explore several programming strands, including:

  • Networks. Documentary filmmaking infrastructures are often marked by limited resources that filmmakers compete over, especially when filmmakers maintain creative and political independence. It’s time to focus on the creation and sustenance of networks that cooperatively connect makers across physical and digital borders with the audiences we seek.
  • Strategy. As individuals working within larger systems, collective and effective action to create an equitable world and creative freedom can be difficult to imagine. We will build space for us to strategize around documentary language, production, and circulation.
  • Access. Over the past few years, documentarians are ingeniously questioning long-held tenets on what we promise to the people, institutions, and movements in our films, and what we expect from the institutions, companies, and individuals that support filmmakers. Our examinations of access will expand our understanding of how we make films, as well as how we profit off them.

What Will Happen at Getting Real?

The Getting Real ’24 full program can be found here.

Monday, April 15, 2024 

  • 3:00PM-9:00PM: Pass pickup
  • 7:00PM: Welcome Remarks + a Live Cinema Performance of Moore for Sale (Keith Wilson)
  • 8:00PM: Opening Night Reception

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

  • 9:00AM – 5:00PM: Pass pickup
  • 9:00AM – 6:00PM: Conference panels, workshops, keynotes, and other activities  


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