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09 - 19 Nov. 2017

Talent Lab


Doc Circuit Montréal - Talent Lab 2016 from RIDM on Vimeo.

Doc Circuit Montréal’s Talent Lab will return for its fourth edition this year. Twenty emerging and mid-career documentary creators from all over Canada will assemble for three full days of conferences and workshops with a handpicked selection of artists, mentors, and key figures in the documentary landscape.

The Talent Lab sessions are held the round. The small number of participants and the continuity provided by moderators will allow for an intensity and intimacy to develop over the course of the three days. Composed around the three themes: Disrupt, Incubate, Re-think, this edition of the Talent Lab will be taking a critical look to how and where makers are reaching their audience, as well as how audiences are receving them.



Doc Circuit Montréal also delighted to announce that the television channel Canal D will offer a 10 000$ development grant to a selected Canadian francophone project presented at the Talent Lab. The bursary will be awarded on November 13th during the opening cocktail.



Brett Story (PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES) // Christopher Allen (UnionDocs) // Deborah Stratman (THE ILLINOIS PARABLES) // Donal Mosher & Mike Palmieri (PEACE IN THE VALLEY) // Eric Hynes (Museum of the Moving Image) // Gustavo Beck (Cinéma du Réel) // Hugh Gibson (THE STAIRS) // Ina Fichman (Intuitive Pictures) // Inti Cordera (DocsDF) // John Cardellino (Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program) // Mustafa Uzuner (!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival) // Penny Lane (NUTS!) // Rachael Rakes (Film Society of Lincoln Center) // Adam & Zachary Khalil (INAATE/SE) Tim Sutton (DARK NIGHT)


The Talent Lab this year will take place from November 11-13 2017. On the final day, Monday November 13th, Talent Lab sessions will combine with DCM industry programs to encourage cross-pollination between emerging and established creators.
Talent Lab participants wishing to access the complete DCM conference (Nov 11-15) will be able to buy DCM accreditations at majorly discounted rates.


  • Emerging and mid-career filmmakers with projects in development or in production.
  • Canadian citizens as well as Canadian permanent residents are welcome.
  • All documentary forms are welcome - from shorts to series, to feature length, factual to art and experimental, linear to interactive.

*Past Talent Lab participants are not eligible



One Talent Lab participant from outside Quebec will receive the Peter-Wintonick Travel Grant, generously offered by members of the Montreal documentary community in honour of Peter’s legacy : Parabola Films, EyeSteelFilm, Bunbury FilmsCinema Politica, John Walker Productions, Barry Greenwald Inc., Kensington Communications, Close Up Films, White Pine Pictures, and Invisible Hand Productions.



A tailor-made mentorship program will also be offered to seven selected filmmakers. These seven filmmakers, selected by a committee of mentors, will be awarded a Market Accreditation as well as one-on-one mentorship with some of the top filmmakers and experts of this year’s RIDM and DCM programming.



Oksana Karpovych - INA FICHMAN (Canada) | Sharlene Bamboat - RICHARD BROUILLETTE (Canada) | Kristen Brown - DONAL MOSHER (USA) | Jonathon Ellison - J.P SNIADECKI (USA) | Shenoa McDonald - MIA DONOVAN (Canada) | Zahra Moloo - BRETT STORY (USA) | Emilie Serri - CATHERINE HÉBERT (Canada)



$70.00   -   Talent Lab Only
$150.00 - Talent Lab + Doc Circuit Montréal's professional market (including the One-on-One Pitches)



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