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08 - 18 Nov. 2018

First Pitch

FIRST PITCH

The First Pitch event’s primary objective is to prepare Quebec based emerging filmmakers (less than 3 year’s experience) to pitch their projects to 10 well-established producers. They also benefit from a consultation ahead of the event with EyeSteelFilm’s Mila Aung Thwin to prepare them to build relationships with working professional producers from Quebec’s documentary film industry.

 
DETAILS :
  • 10 emerging Quebec based documentary filmmakers

  • 10 well-established producers

  • Mentorship from EyeSteelFilm’s Mila Aung-Thwin

  • One day of Pitch Training offered by EyeSteelFilm on October 3rd

  • One day of pitches and One-on-One style meetings on October10th

 
BENEFIT FOR CANDIDATES:
  • Constructive criticism

  • Acquire knowledge and tools to thrive in the documentary industry

  • Networking and discussion opportunities

  • Ease entry into professional circles

↳ Open to all kinds of projects types, genres, formats and platforms, at any stage of production. 

 

PARTICIPATION FEES

40.00$+tx  - First Pitch (Access to the First Pitch activities on October 3 and 10 2018)

190.00$+tx - First Pitch + professional forum (including the One-on-One Pitches) (Access to the First Pitch events October 3 and 10 2018, as well as DCM 2018’s professional events November 12/13/14 2018 including the One-on-One Pitches November 13 2018).

 
CONFIRMED PRODUCERS FOR  2018
 
ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION

Participating filmmakers will be selected on the basis of the quality of their application.

  • Having less than three years experience as a filmmaker

  • Being a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, residing in Quebec.

  • Provide a complete application dossier including:

    - CV

    - Motivation letter

    - Project description (5 pages max.)

    - How did you heared about this call for projects?

* Please note that if you are living outside of Montreal, the travelling expenses will be incurred at your expense.

 

Presented with the financial participation of Telefilm Canada in collaboration with the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ).

 

Send your applications by September 16, 2018 to cmartinez@ridm.ca



SUCCESS STORIES FROM LAST EDITIONS

Projects presented in the last two editions have had resounding success, with many filmmakers matching with a producer. Several projects were born from these collaborations and are currently in development and production, including:

 

SI CE FILM ÉTAIT TRADUIT EN CHINOIS, IL SIGNIFIERAIT TOUT AUTRE CHOSE
2017 - Participant : Corinne Beaumier - Talent Lab 2016 | Pitch Cuban Hat 2017 | One-on-One 2017

Producer : EyeSteelFilm

Corinne Beaumier won Pitch Cuban Hat 1 2017 and is now finishing her project with Bob Moore from EyeSteelFilm, whom she met during the First Pitch. They were selected for Vision du Réel Festival's pitch session Pitching du Réel 2018.

 

COASTERS

2016 - Participant : Stéphane Trottier

Producer : Tortuga Films

The Coasters, Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay and Stéphane Trottier’s feature length documentary is currently in post-production. Winners of the Canal D grant during the 2016 Talent Lab, they found their production company Tortuga Films and broadcast partner Unis/TV5 during the One-on-One Pitches that same year.

 

SYRIAN EYES OF THE WORLD
2015 - Participants: Youssef Shoufan and Madonna Adib
Producer: Parabola Films
Status: In development


L’AMOUR POUR TOUS
2014 - Participant: Raphaëlle Mercier
Producer: Isabelle Couture
Broadcaster: AMI-TÉLÉ, June 5, 2016

BREAKING TIDES
2014 - Participant: Claudia Gama
Producer: MC2 Communication Média
Status: Post-production
Broadcasters: Documentary Channel, RDI

THE DEVIL’S TRAP
2013 - Participant: Mitchell Staffiej
Producer: Parabola Films
Status: IN DISTRIBUTION

Broadcasters: Documentary Channel

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