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09 - 19 Nov. 2016

Cuban Hat Pitch

Cuban Hat Pitch

The Cuban Hat Pitch is back
at DCM for a 6th year in a row!

With cash prizes and services to be won, the cabaret-style pitch is one of DCM’s most popular events.

The call for projects will be announced soon, followed by a public online vote and our Jury vote. Five projects will be selected to be pitched live during DCM’s 12th edition. Sign up for our newsletter and we will notify you when the call for projects is announced.

Doc Circuit Montréal invites all Canadian directors and new media creators to submit their documentary projects: feature, mid-length, one-off, series, VR or interactive. Projects can be of any format and in any stage of development, production or post-production. Audacious propositions, diverse perspectives, new technologies, and creative forms are encouraged!

Two more fabulous prizes have been added to the hat!  All eligible submissions to the Cuban Hat Pitch will also be considered for participation to the Docunexion Quebec-Mexico and Docunexion Quebec-France initiatives. See all details on

  • Open to all Canadian filmmakers and new media creators;
  • Open to all documentary or non-fiction hybrids. Fiction films are not eligible;
  • Open to all topics, stages of production, genres, lengths, formats, and mediums.

Note: Filmmakers not living in Montréal are encouraged to apply but travel costs will not be covered.


Each selected project will also be awarded one full Market Accreditation, granting access to Doc Circuit Montréal’s three days of meetings, workshops and conferences, from November 14th to 16th 2016. 

The goal of this initiative is to generate collaborative supportpromising documentary projects, and to connect documentary creators with members of the industry and, ultimately, their audience. All five pitchers will receive the prizes collected in the Cuban Hat! 



SPIRA: 95% discount on production and post production services | Tortuga Films : 5 days of image colouring, including project preparation, equipment and coloring artist | ACIC: 5000$ in postproduction services | Audio SPR: 5000$ in audio postproduction services | PRIM: 5000$ in production services or in postproduction | Docunexion QC-FR : For the best interactive project, an invitation to attend the Sunny Side of the Doc 2017 market | Docunexion QC-MX : For the best Latin-American Quebec-based project, an invitation to attend the DocsDF 2016 market | MAKILA : 2 days pitch training workshop fot the 5 finalists.  | Doc Circuit Montréal: 5 market accreditations | Agence TOPO: A free subscription to its next training program and in multiplatform production mentoring | OC Canada: One year membership | Main Film: 1000$ in equipment rental services and in production and postproduction services + a subscription to Main Film | Lussier & Khouzam: 1000$ in legal consultancy | Vidéographe: 1000$ in equipment rental services | Hot Docs Forum: 1 all access pass | INIS: 500$ applicable to any workshop |  T&S Coop: 50% off on subtitling services | Cinema Politica: 300$ cash prize + assistance through the “Adopt A Doc” program for the project with the strongest social justice focus | SLA Coop : 1000$ in rental services | akaDCP : 1000$ in DCP services, enough for a feature + 4 subtitles + first physical support + torrent + trailer



by Aisha Jamal

2015 Cuban Hat Pitch Winner
Picked up by Documentary Channel


by Sébastien Rist and Aude Leroux-Lévesque

2014 Cuban Hat Pitch Winner - Tie
Winner of the best Canadian pitch at the 2015 HotDocs Forum,
thanks to the Forum pass awarded by the Cuban Hat Pitch. It subsequently won the
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs 2016.

by Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux and Nicolas Lachapelle

2014 Cuban Hat Pitch Winner - Tie
Editing residency in Paris (PRIM-Périphérie)


Pipeline, Power and Democracy
by Olivier D. Asselin

2014 Cuban Hat Pitch
Produced by the NFB | RIDM 2015 Selection

by Vincent Toi

2012 Cuban Hat Pitch Participant
RIDM 2014 Selection

by Amar Wala and Noah Bingham

2011 Cuban Hat Pitch Winner
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award, Hot Docs 2014
Prix Magnus Isacsson, RIDM 2014

Thank you to Makila and to all our Cuban Hat partners.


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