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08 - 18 Nov. 2018

Cuban Hat Pitch

Cuban Hat Pitch

The Cuban Hat Pitch is back

for a seventh year!


With several prizes awarded by the industry and the public, this cabaret-style event is one of the most fun and popular parts of Doc Circuit Montréal (DCM).

The call for proposals will be followed by a two-stage selection process: first, an expert committee will select five finalists; then the finalists will present their pitches to the public at the 13th edition of DCM (November 11 to 15).


Doc Circuit Montréal invites all Canadian directors and digital media producers to submit proposals for documentary projects: features, medium-length films, single episodes, series, VR projects, interactive works, etc. Projects can be at any stage of development, production or post-production. We encourage bold projects that advance new perspectives on the world. We also encourage projects that make use of the artistic possibilities offered by new technology, and that can inspire local and international audiences to take a stand on the important issues of our time.


More info:


Timeline of events

  • Deadline to submit a project : September 10th, 2017.

  • Pitch formation offered by Makila for selected projects on October 14th and 28th with the support of TOPO - Laboratory for Digital Writings.

  • Online public voting on 1 week before the event.

  • November 13th : Cuban Hat Pitch!


2017 Projects 

Corinne Beaumier | Si ce film était traduit en chinois, il signifierait tout autre chose

Qais Pasha | Horror in Quebec City

Andrea Conte | The Unger Decision

Zahra Moloo | Wildfire

Raoul Lebon Tonye | Le pont qui mène là


Vote here until November 12th at midnight!



  • Open to all Canadian filmmakers (citizens and permanent residents)

  • Open to all types of documentary films and hybrid works. Fiction projects are not eligible.

  • Open to all types of projects, at any stage of production, and in all genres, formats and media.

Note: Filmmakers not living in Montreal are encouraged to apply, but will be responsible for their own travel expenses.


Finalists can win prizes in money or services to help them launch, complete or promote their project. Each finalist will receive all-access accreditation for Doc Circuit Montréal, held from November 11 to 15, 2017.

The goal of this initiative is to provide collective support to promising documentary projects, while bringing together documentary artists, industry professionals and potential audiences.



SPIRA: A 95% discount on production and post-production services | Tortuga Films: 5 days of timing, including project preparation, equipment and a colourist | ACIC / NFB: $5,000 in post-production services | Audio SPR: 4 days of audio mixing, valued at $5,000 | PRIM: $5,000 in production or post-production services | MAKILA: Two-day pitch workshop for the 5 finalists. | Doc Circuit Montréal: 5 DCM passes | Agence TOPO: free registration for its next training and mentorship program in multi-platform production | DOC Canada: one-year subscription. | Main Film: $1,000 in equipment rentals and production and post-production services + one Main Film subscription | Lussier & Khouzam: $1,000 in legal counsel | Hot Docs Forum: 1 pass for the Hot Docs Forum | INIS: $500 in training program tuition | T&S Coop: 50% discount on subtitling services | Cinema Politica: $300 in money and assistance through their “Adopt A Doc” program, for a project that advances social change | SLA Coop: $1,000 in rental services | akaDCP: $1,000 in DCP encoding services (sufficient for 1 feature + 4 subtitles + first physical copy + torrent + trailer) | CQAM : 1 year Associate membership as well as advice and support.


Thanks to Makila and all of our Cuban Hat Pitch partners.




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