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08 - 18 Nov. 2018

Talent Lab


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.



Ezra Winton (Cinema Politica) // Christopher Allen (UnionDocs) // Joanne Loew (University of Saskatchewan) // Charlotte Selb (RIDM) // Isabella Weetaluktuk (THREE THOUSAND) // Sean Farnel (SeaFarNorth) // Stephen Puskas (National Film Board) // Ina Fichman (Intuitive Pictures) // Mila Aung-Thwin (EyeSteelFilm) // Fusun Uzun (VERY FRUSTRATING MEXICAN REMOVAL) // Prune Lieutier (La boite à pitons) // Pierre Corbinais (ENTERRE-MOI, MON AMOUR) // Catherine Van Campen (ZAATARI DJIN) // Benjamin Taylor (VISIONS) // James K. Wilkins (Automatic Moving Co.) // Stephanie McArthur (Hot Docs) // Selin Murat (Parabola Films) // Samara Chadwick (Goethe Institut)



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.



Maya Annik Bedward - JOSEPH HILLEL (Canada) | Chloe Sosa-Sims - CARLOS FERRAND (Canada) | Tony Massil - CÉLINE BARIL (Canada) | Valérie Bah - CHARLES OFFICER (Canada) | Victor Arroyo - TRACEY DEER (Canada) | Courtney Montour - AMY MILLER (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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