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RIDM 17 - 27 Nov. 2022

Forum RIDM 19 - 23 Nov. 2022


Presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada and in collaboration with Hot Docs (Toronto), the Docs-in-Progress - Canadian Showcase at the Marché du Film of the Festival de Cannes is a unique initiative of the Forum RIDM to launch your film on the international market.


This event presented at Cannes Docs features 8 presentations from different countries, each composed of four documentaries in development, presented in the form of a pitch and a 10-minute clip. The event allows the producers and filmmakers of four Canadian projects in production to fly to Cannes and present their films in front of an audience of buyers, distributors, festival programmers and international sales agents.


Before the event, the Forum RIDM will offer pitching training to the directors of these four projects and will provide personalized accompaniment for their presentation and their travel to the event. Docs-in-Progress will be an opportunity for these producers and filmmakers to present an excerpt from their film, to make a presentation and to launch their film on the international market by flying to Cannes!



- Canadian documentary producers (permanent residence or citizenship required);

- Having a feature-length documentary project (70 minutes or more) in the advanced editing stage;

- Having an excerpt (no teaser or trailer) of 10 continuous minutes to present;

- Being able to make a five-minute presentation in English;

- Being available for the online work sessions in March - April 2022;

- Being available for the Cannes Film Market and Docs-In-Progress from May 17 to 25, 2022



- Represent Canada at the Cannes Film Market during the Canadian Showcase;

- A preparatory group session including pitch preparation and tips on how to best navigate the Cannes Film Market/Docs In Progress;

- A personalized one-on-one session and coaching on the production of your pre-recorded pitch and the selection of the clip presented;

- One hour of personalized follow-up advice, in depth after the Showcase, offered to each team by an industry expert from the EURODOC network;

- Accreditation to the Cannes Film Market for two team members (producer + director); 



Call for projects: February 18 to March 9, 2022

Docs-In-Progress: Showcase on site in Cannes between Thursday May 19 and Sunday May 22, 2022

Preparatory workshops: During the month of April 2022





Documents to be provided in the online call for projects form. Attachments must be in PDF format.

Updated CVs of the producer AND the filmmaker;

- Complete the application form before Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 11:59 pm -> here

- A short dossier of the project including a long synopsis, a note of intent from the filmmaker, a summary of the budget and financial structure of the project, a production schedule, a paragraph on what the project hopes to find at the Cannes Film Market (financing, partners, distribution, festivals etc) (maximum 4 pages);

- A 10 min continuous excerpt of the project (final excerpt must be provided no later than April 25, 2022)


Please send the documents no later than Wednesday March 9, 2022 via the submission form.

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


An initiative of Telefilm in partnership with the RIDM Forum and in collaboration with the Hot Docs Festival (Toronto).


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