Festival Calendar

RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival

5333, rue Casgrain, suite 1109
H2T 1X3 Montreal
phone +1 514 499 - 3676
email: info@ridm.qc.ca

Executive Director
Mrs. Mara Gourd-Mercado

Director of Programming
Bruno Dequen

Year of Foundation 1998

Event Date from 14 November 2019 till 24 November 2019

in Montreal, Canada

Sections Official selection
• International Feature Competition
Selected international films, 60 minutes and over

• Canadian Feature Competition
Selected films from Canada, 60 minutes and over

• International Short-Length Competition
Selected domestic and international films, runtime under 30 minutes

• International Medium-Length Competition
Selected domestic and international films, runtime between 30 and 59 minutes

• Special Presentations
The latest from master documentarians and the most anticipated films of the festival season

• Beat Dox
Music-themed films

• VXdoc
Interactive work

• Thematic selections

• Retrospectives

Terms of Entry • Films must be produced after June 1, 2018. The festival accepts documentaries of all lengths as well as interactive works.

• Works must be subtitled in French or English, if in a different original language.

• Works already rejected by the RIDM may not be resubmitted.

• Rights holders of films selected must grant the RIDM the right to show the Quebec premiere, i.e. films must not have been broadcast, webcast or released commercially within Quebec, nor screened at another Quebec festival before screening at the RIDM.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary French subtitles recommended

Format 35 mm, 16 mm, DCP, BetaSP, DigiBeta, Blu-ray, HDCAM

Registration Deadline International submission

Early bird (March 4 to March 15, 2019 at midnight UTC-5): CAD $37
Regular (March 16 to June 3, 2019 at midnight UTC-5): CAD $42
Late bird (June 4 to June 17, 2019 at midnight UTC-5): CAD $60

Fees 37 $

Attendance Figures 39,000

Participants of the Film Industry About 100 (distributors, cinema owners, producers, buyers, sellers, casting agents, festival scouts, TV program commissioners)

Prizes/Awards • Grand Prize for Best International Feature

• Best Editing In An International Feature

• Best Cinematography In An International Feature

• Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature

• Best New Talent From Quebec/Canada

• Magnus Isacsson Award: Presented to a socially conscious work of cinema by an emerging Canadien director

• Best International Medium-Length Film (between 30 and 59 minutes)

• Best International Short Film (less than 30 minutes)

• Women Inmates' Award: Given to the Inmates' Jury's favourite documentary based on a selection of eight films chosen from the International Competition and Panorama

• Audience Award: the film with the most audience votes, among all films in both the Official Selection and Panorama

Prizes range from 1000$ to 5000$.

German Films


International Feature Competition
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT) by Thomas Heise (DE/AT, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)

Canadian Feature Competition
THIS IS NOT A MOVIE by Yung Chang (CA/DE, Sutor Kolonko)

National Short and Medium-length Competition
BUGS AND BEASTS BEFORE THE LAW by Bambitchell (Sharlene Bamboat & Alexis Mitchell) (CA/DE/UK)

Natural Stories
LOS REYES by Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff (CL/DE, Dirk Manthey Film)
SPACE DOGS by Elsa Kremser & Levin Peter (DE/AT, It Works! Medien)

CUNNINGHAM by Alla Kovgan (DE/US/FR, Achtung Panda! media)
GODS OF MOLENBEEK by Reetta Huhtanen (FI/BE/DE, Tondowski Films)
IN THE NAME OF SCHEHERAZADE OR THE FIRST BEERGARDEN IN TEHRAN by Narges Kalhor (Oasys Digital, University of Television and Film Munich)
SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal (Corso Film)

History Revisited

NO GOLD FOR KALSAKA by Michael K. Zongo (BF/DE, Film Five)

Number of Films Shown Around 140 films, from about 40 countries

Media Coverage About 100 journalists from all type of media attend the festival, both local and international. In 2012 RIDM is the film festival who got the most press coverage in Montreal.

Evaluation Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) presents the best reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents alike. Every November, the RIDM screens approximately 140 domestic and foreign productions and hosts a dozen complementary activities such as workshops, master classes, debates and roundtables. The festival typically welcomes about 100 special guests from outside Quebec, and presents 11 awards selected by juries of industry professionals for films programmed in the official selection. Doc Circuit Montréal, the documentary market organized in parallel with the festival, hosts a dozen activities for documentary professionals, including workshops and presentations, and facilitates more than 1,500 business meetings.

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