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Getting Real '24: April 15 - 18, 2024. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

The 2024 edition of #docsgetreal will take place as a hybrid conference from Monday, April 15, through Thursday, April 18 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles!

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Getting Real


397 participated in the inaugural conference—launching a unique, field-wide gathering in North America.


  • 700 participants
  • 31,390 website views
  • #docsgetreal reached 700,833 social accounts and generated 3,763,260 impressions
  • First-ever convening of Asian American documentary filmmakers, leading to the formation of A-Doc, the Asian American Documentary Network


  • 1,015 participants
  • 42,382 website views
  • 33% of the 84 sessions in 2018 provided information specifically for groups underrepresented in the documentary filmmaking community, such as women, visible minorities and filmmakers with disabilities
  • First-ever convening of documentary filmmakers with disabilities, leading to the formation of FWD-Doc: Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities.
  • Enhanced participation of filmmakers of color through collaborations with Firelight Media, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival
  • Programming collaborations with Women Make Movies, Outfest, The Collective of Documentary Women Cinematographers, True False Film Festival and Sundance Institute


  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IDA reimagined the convening in a digital space and made registration free. The 2020 edition drew the largest conference audience to date: 3,157 participants from 54 countries.
  • Attendees helped raised $18,070 in total for comunity parnters: A-Doc (Asian American Documentary Network), BADWest, Black Documentary Collective, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities), and Undocumented Filmmakers Collective; as well as $5,980 in scholarships for NextDoc Fellows to attend the next in-person Getting Real.
  • IDA conducted a full audit of its online event platforms with accessibility partner All Senses Go, enabling access for many who may not have been able to join an in-person event. Conference sessions were delivered through an equity and inclusion framework: We provided moderators with in-depth training on how to lead by consent; ensure that accessibility details are articulated appropriately and prominently; and prioritize awareness and care for all.


  • 2,284 participants from 69 countries for a hybrid conference of 54 sessions, with a total virtual event attendance of 12,112.
  • The launch of the first Getting Real Fellowship, supporting 20 emerging filmmakers and industry professionals from the U.S. and around the world with attendance at Getting Real '22 and year-long collaborative workshops after the conference.
  • Field-wide collaboration of sessions and panels through programming partners A-Doc, Alliance of Documentary Editors, BAVC, Dhaka DocLab, Distribution Advocates, Documentary Cinematographers Alliance, Documentary Producers Alliance, The D-Word, Film Comment, Firelight Media, Kin Theory, Programmers of Colour Collective, and the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective.
  • Community hubs co-hosted by an international cohort of independent film spaces, including 2220 Arts + Archives, Avenida Production Studios, Bahía Colectiva, Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking, Beykoz Kundura, OXY ARTS, University of Miami Department of Cinematic Arts, Yangon Film School, and Zoetrope.