Monday Night Food Inc. Info

Early Badge Pickup

If you are attending the Opening Night Screening of Food Inc you can pick up your badge in front of the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. along with your ticket to the screening before you hop on the bus.

Shuttles from Pickford Center

Shuttles will be available starting at 5:15 P.M. from Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study to the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The last shuttle bus will depart at 7:00 P.M. sharp. Parking is not available at the Pickford Center.


Complimentary Samuel Goldwyn Theater parking is available at 8920 Wilshire Blvd (Enter off Lapeer) on a first-come-first-served basis.

Conference Hub: ArcLight Hollywood & Cinerama Dome

ArcLight Hollywood & Cinerama Dome share the same address at 6360 Sunset Blvd. You can enter the Cinerama Dome from Sunset Boulevard or from inside the ArcLight lobby. ArcLight Hollywood has one entrance. From Sunset Boulevard, enter between Cinerama Dome and Veggie Grill.

ArcLight Hollywood lobby:

Information Desk: Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

IDA Membership Desk: Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Registration: Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Cinerama Dome lobby:

Registration: Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Photo Booth: Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.


Badge Pickup

  • Monday  5:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M. at Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study (out front)
  • Tuesday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Cinerama Dome Lobby
  • Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at Cinerama Dome Lobby
  • Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. at ArcLight Hollywood Lobby

Please check in under your individual last name at registration and bring a form of identification.

Included in your badge holder are 3 lunch tickets (White for Tuesday, Red for Wednesday and Yellow for Thursday), redeemable at any of our delicious food trucks at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study backlot  from 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. daily. Please do not lose them as they are not replaceable!

Badge Policy

Your badge is non-transferable. Please retain and wear your badge for the entirety of the conference. Even if you have RSVP’d, you still need your badge for admission. Many sessions at Getting Real are RSVP-only; your badge does not guarantee you entry into all sessions!

Please be seated 5 minutes prior to the session start time. Any remaining empty seats will be given to the Standby line 5 minutes before the start time. Late seating is not guaranteed. If you arrive late, and seats are still available, you may be seated at the discretion of our Venue Manager. If you are unable to attend a session, please cancel your RSVP on Grenadine to make your spot open to another attendee.

Stay Connected

Schedule Changes

Changes or announcements will be

  • updated on the Grenadine Attendee Portal
  • communicated through the Grenadine mobile application and email, and
  • posted at the conference Information Desk located in the Arclight Theater lobby.

Social Media

Connect with the Getting Real community by using #docsgetreal.

Follow IDA on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the real-time updates, photos, stories, recaps and links to supplemental information.

Stop by our photo booth, supported by Vulcan Productions. Snap some photos with your new and old friends at our photo booth, located in the lobby of Cinerama Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Conference Mobile App

Get the latest program and event updates through our conference mobile app. To retrieve your personal schedule on your phone:

  1. download the “Grenadine Event Guide” from the iOS App Store or Google Play
  2. use the code “GETTINGREAL18” or search for “Getting Real”
  3. log in with your Grenadine account credentials
  4. and "Sync Schedule" under “Me” tab


The D-Word is not only the world’s leading online documentary community, but it’s also an essential source of information about the conference. A team of top-notch D-Word bloggers will be covering many of the sessions at Getting Real, so if you miss one session, it’s likely that the D-Word team will be covering it. The D-Word provides a collegial virtual space to continue the conversations about the critical issues facing our community.

To sign-up for a free D-Word membership:

Type in “Getting Real” for how you heard about The D-Word, and your “Pro” account registration will be fast-tracked.


Getting Around Venues

Map of conference venues is available

Line Policy

If you arrive before session time, please wait in line outside each venue. Space in line is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no saving spots in line. You will be handed a Queue Card when you enter the line. You may leave the line, but you must be back in your place 15 minutes before the session begins. If you are not in the theater 5 minutes before the start time, your seat may be filled by another guest. The limit of available Queue Cards is based on the capacity of the venue. Once that limit has been reached, you will have to wait in the Standby Line.

Standby Line Policy

A Standby Line will form outside of each venue 30 minutes prior to the event. If you did not RSVP for an event or the maximum number of Queue Cards has been reached, then you may choose to wait in the Standby Line. Seating from the Standby Line is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Closed Sessions

Many of our intimate filmmaker only sessions are “closed to press and industry.” Please note that recording of any kind is not permitted: no photos, no social media, no video, no audio, and no transcription. Everything said in the session, stays in the session.

Filmmaker Only Sessions

Several of our sessions are marked as “filmmaker only.” These sessions are designed to allow independent filmmakers an opportunity to speak very frankly about experiences with funders, distributors, broadcasters, festivals and even organizations like IDA, so we don’t allow press, industry or film organization representatives in the room, even if they are also filmmakers. Thank you for understanding and respecting these guidelines.

Video and Camera Policy

Live streaming of events is not permitted at Getting Real ‘18. Photos, social media stories, and quotes are welcome in open sessions. To ensure a safe space for all of our guests, filming and on spot interviews of attendees by non-staffers are also not allowable at the conference.

Code of Conduct

Our conference is committed to providing a friendly, safe, respectful and welcoming environment for all attendees of Getting Real ‘18. The Code of Conduct is provided to ensure that everyone has a positive experience at our events and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Please read our full Code of Conduct on the Grenadine Attendee Portal.

IDA Member

Membership Table

We are happy to answer all of your questions in person at the IDA membership table at Getting Real ‘18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily in the ArcLight Hollywood lobby. Stop by and say hello!

Special Member Opportunities

Getting Real ‘18 is a great time to become a new member or renew your existing membership.
Member-only gear

Register for a new membership ($85 or higher) or renew your existing membership during Getting Real ‘18 and receive a complimentary pair of limited-edition IDA socks. Only available between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the membership table during Getting Real ‘18.

Opportunities to connect with fellow IDA members from around the globe

At Getting Real ‘18, IDA members will gather for a networking lunch on Wednesday, September 26 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Look for the reserved picnic tables in the back lot of the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. We also inviting members to participate in a group photo on Tuesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. in the lobby of the Cinerama Dome.

When picking up your registration package or signing up as a new member, make sure you grab a yellow membership ribbon to wear during the conference. Your ribbon will help you identify other IDA members and is a great conversation starter!

Read more about member benefits at



Complimentary parking is not included with General Admission passes. We encourage all attendees to take public transportation to the Hollywood area.

The closest parking lot is located at LAZ Parking Cinerama Dome. Entrances to the parking structure are on De Longpre Avenue and Sunset Blvd both between Vine St and Ivar Ave. Handicapped parking is available on every floor, and these spaces are located close to the elevators. Rates are: $2 each 15 min, $14 daily max. $7 if entering between 5am and 10am (M-F) exiting by 7pm.$3.5 each 20 min, $20 daily max if entering after 8pm. 4-hour validation is available inside Arclight Hollywood or Cinerama Dome.


The closest rail stop is the Hollywood / Vine station on Metro Red Line. LADOT DASH also provides frequent, inexpensive and convenient bus service across the City of Los Angeles. Please use the Metro Trip Planner to find the itinerary that works best for you.

From LAX

  1. FlyAway bus: The FlyAway bus service provides frequent non-stop transportation between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood (1627 N. Vine St.). Buses operate seven days a week and drop passengers off on the Upper/Departures Level of each terminal at LAX. At LAX, passengers board buses on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long Distance Vans" signs.The bus operates daily and departs Hollywood hourly from 5:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. One-way fare is $8. For more information about the bus service, call (866) 435-9529 or click here.
  2. Rideshare: If you are planning on using Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services, please note that LAX has designated “Ride Service pickup” areas. The locations are on the upper Departures Level marked by round signs with the letters A through E. When you are using the apps, they will still give you a choice of the closest location.
  3. Hotel shuttles: lease check with your hotel to see if they offer free shuttle service from the airport.
  4. Car rental: Car rental can be convenient if you plan to travel outside of the LA metro area, but traffic congestion will be significant and parking may be difficult to find.