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RIDM 21 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2024

Cuban Hat Pitch 2022

Pitch Cuban Hat @ Forum RIDM 2022

Call for project deadline:  September 5, 2022 11:59 PM (midnight)
Project selection:  September 6-21, 2022


Project description

Forum RIDM is pleased to announce the return of the Cuban Hat Pitch, a concept idealized by Giulia Frati and Diego Briceño and owned by Makila, which will take place on November 21 as part of the 18th edition of the RIDM Professional Market. Established producers and filmmakers as well as emerging Canadian filmmakers are invited to send in their documentary projects before September 5th. With numerous industry awards, the Pitch Cuban Hat is a festive highlight of the Forum RIDM.

This event will allow the selected filmmakers to present their projects in front of an audience of decision makers and documentary film industry professionals, as well as to meet new partners and find potential funding.

Finalists will receive three pitch training sessions offered by Makila and accreditations for all Forum RIDM activities. They will be invited to defend their projects on the Cuban Hat stage in front of the general public for a chance to win cash prizes and services offered by our partners.


Here is the list of prizes confirmed to date:

  • ACIC / NFB : 5000$ in post-production services
  • Agence TOPO :  1 free inscription to its next training and mentoring program in multiplatform production

  • Cinema Politica: 1 cash prize + support in their "Adopt-a-doc" program for a project that encourages social change
  • DOK.fest Munich : 1 festival pass in 2022 with access to the market  

  • Hot Docs : 1 All Access accreditation for Hot Docs 2023

  • L'Association des Documentaristes du Canada (DOC) : 1 year subscription for each member of the winning team

  • L'inis : A discount on a training program

  • Lussier et Khouzam : 1000$ in legal advice

  • Main Film : $1000 in equipment rental and production/post-production services + 1 year membership to Main Film

  • SLA Location : A prize in rental services

  • T&S Coop : 50% discount on subtitling services (up to $800) 

  • Vidéographe : 1 year membership, 1 week and 1 weekend of editing room rental and 1 day of digitization room use

  • Xn Québec : 1 general membership as a professional member for one year


Program Dates

August 1 to September 5: Call for projects;

October 8 and 29 + November 12, 2022: Pitch training sessions (supervised by Makila);

November 21, 2022: Cuban Hat Pitch @ Forum RIDM 2022;


Eligibility Criteria

Who can participate?

  • All documentary filmmakers (linear, interactive and virtual reality);
  • Open to all types of projects, stages of production, formats and mediums;
  • Participants must be available for at least two of the three pre-pitch trainings given by Makila (October 8 & 29, 2022 and November 12, 2022).


  • Only one person per project for submission, trainings and pitch;

  • Citizenship or permanent residence is not required;

  • A visual support is mandatory for the submission (trailer, clip, video pitch, etc.);

  • Submission is free of charge;

  • Fiction projects are not eligible.


How to send your application?

Fill out the following form before September 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm;

Please note that no critical feedback will be given to rejected applications.

For any questions please contact





We thank Makila and all our partners of the Cuban Hat Pitch: Agence TOPO, Cinema PoliticaDOK.fest Munich, Hot Docs, L'Association des Documentaristes du Canada (DOC), L'inis, Lussier et Khouzam, Main Film, SLA Location, T&S  Coop, Vidéographe, Xn Québec.





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