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RIDM 10 - 21 Nov. 2021

Forum RIDM 13 - 17 Nov. 2021

Closed - First Pitch (sessions in progress)

The First Pitch is a professional development and networking activity organized each year by the Forum RIDM, which allows a group of 10 emerging Quebec filmmakers to meet and network with established producers from Quebec’s documentary industry. The event is divided into two parts :

DAY 1 : Preparatory Workshop on the art of pitching
Deepen your skills thanks to training given by producer Mila Aung-Thwin of EyeSteelFilm.

DAY 2 : Pitching Session
Participants pitch their project to 10 Quebec producers in short one-on-one meetings

 

2021 FIRST PITCH CALL FOR PROJECTS

*** NOW CLOSED ***

The Call for Projects is open from August 12 to 30, 2021 (deadline 11:59am Montreal time zone)

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 

- You have 0 to 3 years of experience as a director

- You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and based in Quebec

- Your documentary (any type – standalone, series, multimedia) is in development.

 

ACTIVITY GOALS

- Train directors on how to pitch

- Encourage the creation of new collaborations

- Benefit from critical feedback on a project and pitch training

- Promote exchange, cooperation and access to knowledge.

- Establish links between members of the documentary community and encourage integration into the professional world

 

2021 SAVE THE DATES

Call for Projects : August 12 to 30, 2021

Preparatory Workshop (First Pitch DAY 1) : September 23, 2021

Pitching Session (First Pitch DAY 2) : September 30, 2021*

* Dates are subject to change depending on the public health situation in September 2021.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Fill out the submission form and include the following items:

- Your resume

- Motivation letter (max. 1 page)

- Description of your project (max. 4 pages, visual style / sound design / director's intent / description of the film)

- Link to excerpts of your project or an older project

 

Please note that the selected candidates will have to pay a fee of $35.00 + taxes for the registration to the activity

 

 

CONFIRMED PRODUCERS FOR 2021

Bunbury Films | Frederic Bohbot

MC2 | Jean-Simon Chartier

Picbois Productions | Karine Dubois & Marie-Pierre Corriveau - absent for 2021

Catbird Productions | Katarina Soukup - absent for 2021

Intuitive Pictures | Amy Miller

Argus Films | Carmen Garcia

Colonelle Films | Léonie Hurtubise

Bravo Charlie Films | Aurélien Kik

Eye Steel Film | Bob Moore

Peripheria | Leslie Dabit

Couture Production | Isabelle Couture

 

FAQ

- No producer currently on board, or seeking experienced producer

- One person per project on-site for the two sessions

- Submissions may be in English or French

- The project must be in development, not completed: candidates will meet producers, not distributors

- Your description should be no more than 4 pages, even for series, including a short synopsis

- You are allowed to submit only one project.

- No critical feedback will be given to non-selected candidates.

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