Monday, April 2, 2012

Call for entries: 2012 RIDM, Montreal International Documentary Festival

The Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) or Montreal International Documentary Festival has put out a call for entries for their 15th edition of the festival. RIDM is Quebec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, and presents the best reality-based films from Canada and around the world.

The documentaries must be produced after January 1, 2011. If the films are not in French or English, then the films must be subtitled, preferably in French. The films must also be at least a Quebec premiere for consideration, and must not have been broadcast, webcast or released commercially within Quebec, nor screened at another Quebec festival before screening at the RIDM.

The submissions deadline is June 29, 2012. Notices will be sent out no later than mid-September.

The 15th Annual Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal takes place from November 7 to 18, 2012.





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 100 domestic and foreign productions and hosts a dozen complementary activities such as workshops, master classes, debates and roundtables. The festival typically welcomes about 60 special guests from outside Quebec, and presents 10 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 500 business meetings. The next edition of the RIDM will be held from November 7 to 18, 2012.


Opening and closing films

Official selection
• International Feature Competition
Selected first, second or third international films, 60 minutes and over

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

• International Short and Medium-Length Competition
Selected domestic and international films, runtime under 60 minutes

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

• Horizons
Films that cut to the heart of current affairs

• EcoCamera
Documentaries exploring the relationship between humanity and the environment

• Against the Grain
Bold works that challenge our perceptions of popular and underground culture

Tributes to filmmakers and films worth (re)discovering.


Most of the RIDM’s award winners are selected by juries composed of local and international industry professionals; the Audience Award is based on festivalgoers’ votes.

• 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

• Critics' Choice Award: given to the best film in the Canadian Feature Competition

• 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

Winners are announced during the closing ceremony.


• Read and accept the rules.

• Complete the submission form.

• Pay the processing fee by cheque or credit card (using PayPal). For international films, payment via PayPal is REQUIRED.

• Submit the form electronically.

• Print and sign the form.

• Send the signed form and 2 DVDs of the film by mail.

Note: for Canadian films, if you did not pay by credit card, don’t forget to enclose your cheque.
Your submission will be processed once we have received all required materials and fees. The submission deadline is June 29, 2012.

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