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RIDM 21 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2024

Cuban Hat Pitch 2018

2018 Edition: 


The Cuban Hat Pitch is back for a eighth year!


For its 14th consecutive year running from November 10th to november 14th, Doc Circuit Montreal and the Montreal based coop MAKILA bring the film community together (project creators, industry professionals and audience).

With plentiful of ideas and prizes awarded by both industry and public, this one-of-a-kind cabaret-style event is always a highlight of Doc Circuit Montréal (DCM).


Call for projects

From July 12th to September 3rd DCM 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 promote new perspectives on the world. We also encourage projects that use 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.

Finalists have the chance to win cash or service prizes to begin or finish their film, while also increasing the visibility of their project. All finalists will take part in a three day pitch training and receive a DCM accreditation for the entire forum.

Any unfinished linear, series, interactive or virtual reality documentary project are welcome to submit.


Important Dates :

Ahead of the event that will take place on November 12th and following a call for projects, five projects will be selected by a committee of experts, followed by an online public vote held for one week. Each team will then be invited to pitch their projects in front of a live audience and a prestigious jury to win numerous cash and service prizes, generously offered by our partners.

  • Pitch training with Makila: September 29th, October 13th and November 9th

  • Audience vote on November 1st to 11th

  • Cuban Hat Pitch Event: November 12th

  • Final Submission Date: September 3rd 2018



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

  • Open to all types of documentary projects, including hybrid films

  • Open to all types of projects, every stage of production, every genre, format and media

  • Availability for at least tow out of three days of pitch training with Makila

*Filmmakers living outside of Montreal are encouraged to apply but will be responsible for all costs related to travel and lodging.



Submit your project here

The goal of this initiative is to provide collective support to promising documentary projects, while bringing together documentary artists, industry professionals and potential audiences. Finalists can win prizes in money or services to help them launch, complete or promote their project.



Our confirmed partners of the 2018 Cuban Hat:

SPIRAACIC / ONF PRIM | MAKILA | Doc Circuit Montréal | Agence TOPO | DOC Canada | Main Film | Lussier & Khouzam | Hot Docs Forum |  T&S Coop | Cinema Politica | SLA Location | akaDCP | CQAM | Tortuga Film | FCTMN - Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques | Inis | Xn Québec | Videographe

Thanks to MAKILA and all of our Cuban Hat Partners.

The Cuban Hat is filling up :

    • ACIC/ONF: 5000$ post-production services

    • Agence TOPO: A free subscription to its next training program and in multiplatform production mentoring

    • akaDCP: 1000$ in DCP coding services

    • Coop Makila: 2 days pitch training workshop for the 5 finalists

    • CQAM: 1 CQAM membership in the "Associate" membership category as well as consulting support

    • DOC Canada: One year membership

    • Doc Circuit Montréal: 5 forum accreditations 2018

    • Hot Docs Forum: 1 all access pass

    • Lussier et Khouzam: 1000$ in legal consultancy

    • MAIN FILM: 1000$ in equipment rental services and in production and postproduction services + a subscription to Main Film

    • PRIM: 10 000$ in production services or in postproduction

    • SLA Location: 1000$ in rental services

    • TRANS & SUB COOP: 50% off on subtitling services 
    • SPIRA: 95% discount on production and post production services

    • Cinema Politica: 300$ cash prize + assistance through the “Adopt A Doc” program for the project with the strongest social justice focus

    • Tortuga Films: A 7-day residency at the Bic including a consultation service

    • Inis: 500$ applicable to any workshop

    • FCTMN: 1 year membership

    • Videographe : 1 week and a weekend rental of the Digital Lab, and one day use of its digitization services

    • Xn Québec : 1 year general membership for professionals, and 2 tickets to the Numix Gala


Projects 2017 :

Corinne Beaumier | Translating this movie into chinese would mean something else

Qais Pasha | Horror in Quebec City

Andrea Conte | The Unger Decision

Zahra Moloo | Wildfire

Raoul Lebon Tonye | Le pont qui mène là



Facebook event 



MAYA ANNIK BEDWARD - Cinema PoliticaakaDCP
JOANNIE LAFRENIÈRE - SPIRAACIC / ONFFCTMN - Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériquesHot Docs ForumAgence TOPO
MACKENZIE REID ROSTAD - Lussier & KhouzamCQAMVidéographe


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