The 15th annual Forum RIDM (formerly Doc Circuit
Montreal) will take place from November 16 to 20 2019.The
new-look Forum RIDM will provide opportunities to explore solutions to the most
pressing issues in the documentary world. Through numerous networking
activities related to Quebec/international co-production, discussion groups on
inclusiveness and, as always, a focus on long-term viability and
entrepreneurial success, documentary professionals will be able to consolidate
and expand their networks, collaborations and companies.
Forum RIDM remains the platform of choice for documentary funding
in Quebec. The organization is very proud to announce that in 2019, seven works
to be screened at the RIDM were previously supported through at least one of
Forum RIDM’s creative, professional and/or funding activities.
ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2019
Opening breakfast | In
conversation: Robert Fisk, November 18
The protagonist of Yung Chang’s most recent documentary, This Is Not
a Movie, to be presented this year in the National Feature Competition,
Robert Fisk is a writer and correspondent in the Middle East since 1976. He has
written for the English newspaper The Independent since 1989. In conversation
with Brian Myles, Director of Le Devoir, Mr. Fisk will open Forum RIDM with a
discussion of his career, dedicated to the search for truth – a search he has
often undertaken against considerable odds. This will be a stimulating
discussion of the process of field research and issues surrounding truth in the
age of fake news.
Focus on international co-production
Coproduction with Europe |
More than ten international production professionals
will discuss issues involved in co-producing and distributing documentary
projects among certain francophone territories. What are the existing links,
benefits and barriers among these regions in terms of taxation, institutional
support and culture? This discussion group will highlight the best practices
and approaches for strengthening co-productions.
1:1 Meet the co-producers | November 19
To foster new connections between local and
international production companies, there will be meetings between producers during
Forum RIDM’s One-on-One activity. These 15-minute meetings will bring together
major production companies with the aim of sparking new collaborations between
professionals with expertise in their respective regions.
Distribution territories | November 20
This year’s Forum RIDM will welcome a record number of
local, Canadian and international distributors. This discussion group will
include sales agents and distributors with unique strategies. They will discuss
today’s distribution landscape in their respective territories, and build new
working links and bridges that will benefit Quebec’s distribution sector by
extending its reach.
Discussion groups – November 18, 19 and 20
This year, Forum RIDM is reducing the number of
individual presentations in favour of inclusive and collaborative discussion
The Plural Cinemas discussion group will explore issues of
under-representation in the film community. It will include members of
Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, ethnocultural groups and people with a disability, who
will discuss systemic exclusion in funding, professional access and workplace
safety. The first part of the discussion will be held in closed groups with a
moderator. Later, a representative of each group will lead a public discussion
of their unique situation and the intersectionality of their challenges, with the
aim of coming to a consensus on demands and solutions to be implemented. A
“good practices” document will be issued, addressed to the entire documentary
Discussion groups on co-production, distribution,
music rights and the proliferation of formats will also meet
during Forum RIDM. The goal is to stimulate conversations that point the way to
THE ONE-ON-ONE – November 19
The One-on-One is a full day of 15-minute meetings between
documentary producers and directors and local and international decision
makers. It is a unique opportunity for creators and decision makers to form new
alliances and launch new projects. In 2019, Forum RIDM will welcome over 90
decision makers from ten countries, including more than 20 first-time attendees.
Each year, numerous documentary projects are funded during the
One-on-One. Five recent high-profile projects: The Amina Profile (2015),
Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016), Anote’s Ark (2017), A Little
Wisdom (2017), The Other Rio (2017) and Symphony in Aquamarine
A complete list of projects supported by Forum RIDM is
This year’s new decision makers include:
Al Jazeera (Qatar) – broadcasting to more than 310 million households in
Andana Films (France) – acquires around 20 new projects annually.
European Film Market
(Germany) – hosts some 10,000
representatives of the international film and media industries annually.
Crave (Canada) – Canadian distributor for HBO, original Bell Media
content and others.
Documentary Association (United States) – In 2018, managed more than $7 million in donations and
grants for projects it sponsored.
(USA) – available in more than 190 countries.
PBS – POV (United States) – reaches nearly 100 million viewers monthly.
(United States) – operates
a development fund ($15,000) and a production fund ($40,000) issuing grants
three times a year.
Kingdom) – acquires some 20
auteur documentaries annually.
Women Make Movies (United States) – distributes more than 700 films made by women.
Among others, this year’s distributors
Cinema Politica (Quebec)
|Diffusion Multi-Monde (Quebec)
|Filmoption International Inc. (Quebec)
|Grasshopper Film (United
States) |La Distributrice de films (Quebec) |Les Films du 3 Mars (Quebec)
|WaZabi Films (Canada) |Documentary Channel / CBC
(Canada) |Andana Films (France)
|Documentary Educational Resources (United
Numerous festival programmers are also
available for meetings:
Ambulante (Mexico) |Atlanta
Film Festival (United
States) |BFI London Film Festival (United Kingdom) |DOK.fest
(Germany) |Festival Fantasia/Frontières
(Quebec) |Hot Docs
Canadian International Documentary Festival (Canada) |New Orleans Film Society (United States) |Visions
The complete list of decision makers can
be found online:
TALENT LAB 2019 | November 16, 17 and 18
Forum RIDM’s 6th annual Talent Lab is presented by Netflix. This activity will bring together 20
emerging and mid-career Canadian creators for three days of specialized
discussions and exploratory workshops with select artists and experts. Thanks
to Netflix, participants can count on five guides rather than two as in
– For the fifth year in a row,
Canal D will offer a $10,000 grant in the form of a development contract for
one of the Canadian French-language projects involved in Talent Lab 2019.
– The Peter-Wintonick Travel Grant will be awarded to participants from
outside Quebec, thanks to the generous support of members of the Canadian
– The documentary studio of the NFB’s French-language division will support new talent with a development grant
valued at $9,000 to be awarded for a French-language project by a Quebec-based
filmmaker among the Talent Lab 2019 participants.
– For the first time, CineGround has committed to awarding
post-production services valued at $5,000 to a Canadian/Québécois project.
– For the first time, the NFB’s English-language division is working with the Talent Lab to provide support
valued at $2,500 for the development of an English-language project directed by
a filmmaker based in Canada, chosen from among the participants in Talent Lab
– 4 reserved seats for national
and international projects (Germany, Mexico and Wapikoni).
for Forum RIDM discussions and the One-on-One are on sale until October 27 via
All activities (with a few exceptions) will take place at RIDM headquarters in
the Cinémathèque québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East) and at
Pierre-Péladeau Center (300 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East). Forum RIDM à la
carte tickets, good for single-day access to all discussions and
presentations, will be sold both online and on-site.
Each year, Forum RIDM organizes an intensive schedule of business meetings and professional development workshops as RIDM’s professional market. The 15th edition of Forum RIDM will take place from November 16 to 20, 2019.
The 15th edition of Forum RIDM will occur from November 16 to 20, 2019
at RIDM’s headquarters (335 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East)