RIDM 2016 – Finished but not Forgotten

ridm-2016-wrap-up2The 19th edition of our documentary film festival, RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival, has closed shop and as they described “many of its screenings and activities were major successes.” Cinema fans were happy with the variety of films to attend as well as the complimentary activities like panels, roundtables, exhibitions, free concerts, receptions, and discussions.

 

Things kicked off with the Golden Bear winner from the Berlin International Film Festival, Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi and ended on a high note with the world premiere of Santiago Bertolino’s film about journalism on the front lines in conflict zones, Freelancer on the Front Lines. In between that there were 144 screenings of 128 films from 35 countries.

 

An important element of RIDM is Doc Circuit Montreal, which attracts plenty from within the industry to collaborate, network and exchange ideas. Over six days 2,000 attended with 355 being from within the film industry. Activities that took place included pitch sessions, presentations, workshops, networking activities, business meetings, and master classes.

 

In its fifth year UXdoc focused on virtual reality. These interactive exhibits were extremely popular with two, Jerusalem, We Are Here and S.E.N.S VR, being sold out. Plus Project Archipel, a very Montreal-centric sonic journey was also sold out.

 

Another great thing about this festival is that it never really ends. It continues all year round with its series of RIDM+ monthly screenings at Cinema du Parc. That begins in January 2017, so keep your eye on that.

 

As they say the proof is in the pudding and this year 18 screenings were sold out. This qualifies it as an overwhelming success. Next year will be the important 20th anniversary of the festival and you can securely expect it to be bigger and better than ever. The dates for the next RIDM are November 9 to 19, 2017.

 

Award Winners:

People’s Choice Award presented by TV5 – Le gout d’un pays by François Legault

Best International Feature – Another Year by Shengze Zhu

Best Canadian Feature – Resurrecting Hassan by Carlo Guillermo Proto

Best New Talent From Quebec/Canada – Gulistan, Land of Roses by Zanyê Akyol

Student Award – Resurrecting Hassan by Carlo Guillermo Proto

Best Canadian Short or Medium-Length Film – The Botanist by Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis and Maude Plante-Husaruk

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