Getting Real 2016 Conference To Take Place September 27 – 29

GettingReal16_WebHeader Buy “I was absolutely floored with the conference. It was one of the best conceived and best executed events that I’ve experienced in my entire career. [It] was tremendously energizing. Each of the three days felt essential and the issues addressed, urgent.”

–  Dan Krauss, Director, The Kill Team

“The conference was an incredible success. Everyone I spoke to loved the panels, the mixture of new filmmakers and experienced, and the intimacy with which you incorporated all the sensitive topics of the day.”

– Ross Kauffman, Director, E-TEAM

“The IDA has really taken the documentary film field to a new level.”

– Pamela Yates, Director, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

This year’s Getting Real documentary film conference, sponsored by the International Documentary Association, will take place from September 27-29 2016 Cheap in Los Angeles.  Getting Real is a unique gathering of filmmakers and industry professionals that brings the documentary community together for three days of inspiring keynotes, dynamic presentations, vital conversations, insider knowledge, practical workshops, and structured networking.

Getting Real is designed to inspire filmmakers and give them the skills, information, and networks they need to push their careers to new heights. The event serves as a field-building incubator that tackles the most meaningful and challenging issues facing the documentary ecosystem.  In fall 2014, the first Getting Real welcomed 400 filmmakers, industry professionals, academics, and students. Getting Real ‘16 will focus more strongly on the role of documentarians to challenge assumptions and bring about lasting change.  The topics of the year’s conference will be art, diversity, and sustainability.

Keynote speakers include Steve James and Marcia Smith.  Steves is the producer of the critically acclaimed documentaries Hoop Dreams and Stevie, while Smith is a producer for Firelight Media.  Back by popular demand are the “Here’s What Really Happened Sessions” – behind-the-scenes stories about what really happens during the production and distribution of a film.  New events for Getting Real ’16 include ” The Craft of Documentary,” “Real Talks” – one-on-one meetings with industry professionals, experienced filmmakers, and peers, “International Focus” – sessions on international co-producing and creative partnerships, and “Simon Says & Tabitha Talks” – the best in original short talks hosted by Simon Kilmurry of IDA and Tabitha Jackson of Sundance.

The venues for this year’s Getting Real are T Order he Linwood Dunn Theater (1313 Vine St Los Angeles, CA 90028), The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial (1355 N Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028), and Arclight Hollywood (6360 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028).

Tickets are available at the Getting Real website.  Early Bird Registration lasts until July 17 .  General Registration tickets are on sale from July 18 to September 5.  Late Registration tickets are on sale from September 6 to September 26.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.  Through its programs, the IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists.

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