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12 September 2018 Forum RIDM

DOC CIRCUIT MONTREAL opens its call for applicants for the TALENT LAB


opens its call for applicants for the 5th annual TALENT LAB


Montreal, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Doc Circuit Montreal, scheduled for November 10 to 14 this year, is pleased to open its call for applicants for the fifth annual Talent Lab. Applicants can submit their proposals from September 12 to October 10, 2018. This edition will invite more than 20 emerging filmmakers to participate in the documentary lab alongside artists and experts from the RIDM and DCM programs. 

The Talent Lab will take place from November 10 to 12. The first two days will be reserved for workshops and lectures for Talent Lab participants, who will then join the rest of DCM on November 12. As a result, the emerging artists who attend the Talent Lab will have the opportunity to meet and network with established documentary industry professionals from around the world.



DCM welcomes the NFB as a new Talent Lab partner this year. The NFB French Program’s Documentary Studio will support up-and-coming filmmakers with a $5,000 grant for the development of a French-language project by a Quebec-based filmmaker participating in Talent Lab 2018.


For the fourth year in a row, Canal D will offer a $10,000 grant (in the form of a development contract) to the makers of one of the Canadian French-language projects in Talent Lab 2018.

The NFB and Canal D grants will both be presented to their winners on November 12 during the opening reception for the 14th annual Doc Circuit Montreal.


A customized mentorship program will be offered this year to seven filmmakers selected among Talent Lab participants. The mentors come from a variety of professional backgrounds, and are from Canada and other countries.

The list of guests and mentors will be announced in the DCM newsletter (also available online).


Thanks to generous contributions from the Canadian documentary community, several Talent Lab participants from outside Quebec will receive support from the Peter Wintonick Travel Grant.

DCM wishes to thank Bunbury FilmsCinema PoliticaColonelle filmsEyeSteelFilmIntuitive Picture, Invisible Hand Productions, John Walker ProductionsKensington CommunicationsParabola Films.

In 2017, ten emerging creators from British-Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario benefitted from this travel bursary.



Emerging and mid-career filmmakers with projects in development or production are invited to apply before October 10, 2018. All documentary projects are welcome, including shorts, series, features, and interactive or experimental works.

DCM’s Talent Lab initiative is made possible by the support of Telefilm CanadaCanal D and the NFB.

Doc Circuit Montreal also wishes to remind Canadian emerging filmmakers that they have until September 16 to submit their documentary projects for the First Pitch activity. Make sure to check out our webpage to find out more about the different call for projects. Registration for Doc Circuit Montreal is now open, until November 1st. Information on different package options can be found on the website.

View the list of decision-makers who have confirmed to date. For more on the different calls for proposals, see the calls for projects page on the website.


About Doc Circuit Montréal

Every year, Doc Circuit Montreal offers an intensive program combining industry gatherings and professional development. Doc Circuit Montreal’s 14th edition will take place from November 10 to 14, 2018.


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For more information, please contact :

Caroline Rompré | pixelleX communications | 514-778-9294 |


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