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RIDM 15 - 26 Nov. 2023

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McCord Stewart Museum

Take a trip back in time via Becoming Montreal: The 1800s Painted by Duncan at the McCord Stewart Museum. Chronicler of his time, artist James Duncan documented Montreal’s development from 1830 to 1880. His works offer viewers a unique journey into Montreal before photography.

The exhibition will take place from June 2, 2023 to April 21, 2024.

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Cinéma du Parc

A hub for fans of art films Cinéma du Parc stands out thanks to the bold programming it presents on the big screen. As a social economy company, Cinéma du Parc makes sure to select the best international films, bringing its favourite discoveries to its bilingual community of cinephiles from the Greater Montreal region.

 

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Cinéma du Musée

Located in the museum district of the Museum of Fine Art, Cinéma du Musée presents art films on the big screen in optimal screening conditions. Its mandate is to foster encounters between the various stakeholders of the Quebec film community and an audience eager to discover quality cinema. Defined by its openness to others, its programming is intended for all the cultural communities of the Montreal area.

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CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE

The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. Its mission is to acquire, document and preserve the world’s audiovisual heritage, with an emphasis on Quebec and Canadian works as well as international animation, and to make it available for cultural and educational purposes.   

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Cinéma public

Cinéma Public offers a regular programming in its theatre at Casa d'Italia, summer outdoor screenings at Livart, online films, as well as cultural mediation activities. The team is also working on the opening of a new cinema, which will soon enhance the big-screen offering in Montreal.

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Cinéma Moderne

Cinéma Moderne offers a unique cinematic experience and a program devoted to promoting diversity and celebrating independent filmmakers, combined with quality screening conditions in an intimate, warm and vibrant space. Cinéma Moderne presents a space where movie lovers of all stripes can enjoy a rich experience.

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Cinemas Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin

Located within the Quartier des Spectacles, this movie theatre is at the heart of Montrealers' lives. A real crossroads for moviegoers, it offers a diverse program of Quebec films, French films, auteur and blockbusters, cult retrospectives, opera, theater ... and many festivals!

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has been built on the generosity of multiple generations of Montrealers. The MMFA’s collection showcases Quebec and Canadian heritage, Indigenous art and international art from a progressive and innovative perspective.

Don’t miss it! This fall, the MMFA invites you to immerse yourself in the work of Marisol, a bold and visionary multidisciplinary artist associated with the Pop art movement. See it now!

Marisol (1930-2016), Women and Dog, 1963-1964. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 64.17a-i. © Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

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Where to eat

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Guillaume

Boulangerie GUILLAUME is a bakery in the heart of the Mile-End where a brigade of artisan bakers work, as per magic, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and manage to knead, shape and bake a whole range of breads, brioches, baguettes, etc. Our baked goods are offered in our store as well as in various restaurants and fine-groceries.

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Lola Rosa

Lola Rosa on Place des arts offers a variety of fresh, delicious and comforting plant-based dishes, all in a cozy setting.

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Omnivore

Omnivore (Latin Quarter branch) offers a soothing atmosphere, along with healthy, affordable and tantalizing dishes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Aux Vivres

Experience history's culinary voyage at Aux Vivres, Montreal's vegan spot since '97. Savor nutrient-rich, plant-based dishes, crafted with love. Locations: 4631 Blvd St.Laurent or 4896 Sherbrooke Street West. Ready-to-eat wraps and bowls at select grocery stores across Quebec.

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Café Origine

Café Origine serves specialty coffees from direct trade. Fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and alcoholic beverages.

Warm and eclectic atmosphere with relaxed vibes.

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Resto Végo

Discover more than 200 dishes at the Multi-Flavour Buffet on the 2nd floor of Resto Végo. The pay by weight buffet is perfect for eating to your fill and choosing amongst our multiple dishes prepared daily. In a hurry? Grab a quick meal at our Gourmet Counter accessible directly from St-Denis Street.

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Le Parva

The Parva Café & Bistro is located inside the Grande Bibliothèque. It is an independent establishment within the library, offering coffee roasted in Montreal by the Kittel company. They serve directly imported coffee from the producer. All their pastries are handmade by their chef. Supporting local businesses means supporting local producers!

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Transportation

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Location Sauvageau

From its very beginnings, Location Sauvageau distinguished itself with its product line, its ability to provide you with the right vehicle and the quality of its service. Over the years, we have become the rental specialists for work vehicles in Quebec.

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Via rail

Connecting people from city to city and coast to coast, we continuously strive to offer a unique and memorable travel experience. VIA Rail is a smarter way to move. It's green, efficient, and fun. Welcome aboard!

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Aéroports de Montréal

The airport has been busy making a name for itself as a world leader in innovative airport management and leading edge technologies, to ensure flexibility for passengers. Did you know? Montréal–Trudeau International Airport welcomes more than 18 million passengers. It is served by some 30 passenger carriers offering non-stop service to more than 140 non-stop destinations.

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Taxi Coop

Founded in 1980, Taxi Coop Montreal is unquestionably one of Montreal's most popular taxi companies. With our wide customer base, demand for our services continues to grow. Our drivers are specially trained to give you full satisfaction and make sure you arrive quickly and safely at your destination. 

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Friends of the festival

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AQPM

The Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) advises, represents and accompanies independent film, television and Web production corporations whose productions, both French and English, are recognized in Quebec and at the international level.

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Aéroports de Motnréal

YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which is certified 4 stars under the Skytrax World Airport Star Rating program, is the third largest airport in Canada and a major international hub for northeastern North America, making it a major centre of economic activity and development driver for the Greater Montréal.

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SODEP

SODEP is an association dedicated to the defense and promotion of Quebec's cultural magazines. Founded in 1978, SODEP brings together nearly 50 rich, diverse and unique magazines devoted to the arts, literature, social issues, history and heritage. Its mandate is to make cultural magazines accessible to all and to offer its members a variety of services to support their professional development.

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Sheffield DocFest

Sheffield DocFest is the UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects. The festival champions and presents the breadth of documentary form – film, TV, immersive & art – in the vibrant city of Sheffield each June. The 31st edition will take place 12-17 June 2024.

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Cinéma Public

Cinéma Public offers a regular programming in its theatre at Casa d'Italia, summer outdoor screenings at Livart, online films, as well as cultural mediation activities. The team is also working on the opening of a new cinema, which will soon enhance the big-screen offering in Montreal.

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Saintlo Montréal Hostel

Auberge Saintlo is a youth hostel in the heart of downtown. Free breakfast every morning. Super well-designed coworking spaces. Activities like city walks and pub crawls so you can get social. Bar on site. A hop away from the metro, stores and shops, and the Musée des Beaux-arts.

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Courts d’un soir Festival

Courts d’un soir Festival promotes talents from short films, series and music videos. He has distinguished himself by his desire to support the next generation. Its Journées Pro are an unmissable event aimed at equipping emerging talents and creating a meeting place with professionals in the field. Its 9th edition will take place in April 2024. 

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Fantasia Festival

The Fantasia International Film Festival, dedicated to broadcast the finest international genre cinema, will return in July 2024 for its 28th edition.

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Festival du nouveau cinéma

For more than 50 years, the FNC has been making the best of today’s cinema accessible, treating audiences to works of diversity and originality by emerging and major filmmakers. Dean of Canadian film festivals and a Quebec key event, the FNC presents over 200 works from 60 countries. 52nd edition from October 4 to 15, 2023.

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Festival Regard

REGARD, Saguenay international short film Festival, is one of the leading short film festivals in North America. Founded in 1995 in Saguenay, it is the gateway to the Americas for short films and an international launching pad for Canadian cinema. Recognized by the Oscars and FIPRESCI, it presents an average of 150 films from over 50 countries and awards $100,000 in prizes and services. Its 28th edition will be celebrated from March 20 to 24, 2024! 

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Tënk

TËNK.ca is a subscription-based broadcast platform entirely dedicated to independent documentary films, available online across Canada. Each week, five new films are hand-picked by our passionate team of curators. At the heart of the project: our desire to bring the best of documentary to you!

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DOC-Cévennes

DOC-Cévennes promotes Quebec documentary films in France through a regional network and the Lasalle's International Documentary Film Festival.

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Carrousel international du film de Rimouski

The Carrousel international du film de Rimouski enriches our youth by promoting the moving image as an art form, an educational tool, and a means of expression. Through its activities and events, the Carrousel becomes a gateway to the world, raising viewers awareness and stimulating creativity.

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POP Montréal

For this edition of POP Montreal, Film POP is back with an incredible lineup of films and will take place at the Cinéma Moderne, Mile End's favorite movie theater. With health at heart, these intimate shows are sure to shock, educate, and inspire.

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Funambules Médias

Funambules Médias works towards the advent of a just and inclusive society through video production, formation and diffusion of documentary films, by promoting the expression of the citizen's voice and the development of critical thinking.

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Cinéma sous les étoiles

Since 2010, Cinéma sous les Étoiles organized by Funambules Médias has been offering an outdoor cinema program whose mission is to promote social, political and environmental documentary films, as well as to develop critical thinking through animated discussions about the works and the themes addressed.

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International festival of films on art

The FIFA is dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of films on art and media arts, through an annual festival in March, an online streaming platform ARTS.FILM and a series of activities throughout the year. Its 42nd edition will take place from March 14 to 24, 2024.

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Séquences

Since its foundation in 1955, the primary objective of the magazine Séquences has been to promote cinematographic culture among young people. It is in this spirit that the mandate of the magazine is characterized by a determination to support cinema above all as an artistic medium.

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Festival TransAmeriques

The biggest performing arts festival in North America, FTA is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance. Featuring shows from all over the world, FTA mirrors political and social movements of our era, as echoed in striking and essential works of art. Its 18th edition will be held from May 22 to June 6, 2024.

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Ciel variable

Ciel variable creates and spreads knowledge about contemporary photography practices in Canada for a bilingual readership sensitive to arts and culture. In the print magazine, as well as online, special care is taken to publish thoughtful texts and quality images related to current issues.

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Camellia Sinensis

Camellia Sinensis specializes in superior quality teas, selected at source from the artisanal producers of the World’s most famous terroirs, and the premium quality botanicals of Quebec.

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Panorama_Cinéma

The online magazine Panorama-cinéma has given itself the mandate to promote film culture and new media through an approach that is both critical and essayistic. Its editorial line is driven by a variety of subjects and works to capture the nature of cinematic experiences and gazes by favoring a sensitive and articulate writing.

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QCFF

Over the past ten years, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) has been celebrating the best of cinema. From fiction to documentaries, from local to international cinema, the QCFF offers something to please people of all ages and backgrounds. Not only that, but the QCFF makes films and their creators accessible to the public. Making the most of state-of-the-art movie theatres and even outdoor screenings at Place D'Youville, the QCFF is firmly established as one of the great events held in Quebec City.

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Montreal International Black Film Festival

The Montreal International Black Film Festival is a dynamic, innovative, and daring festival aimed at promoting the development of the independent film industry and showcasing a greater number of films about the experiences of Black people from around the world. It seeks to offer a fresh and refreshing perspective on Black cinema from all corners of the globe! The MIBFF aims to prioritize a different kind of cinema, a cinema that originates from here or elsewhere and may not necessarily receive the spotlight, an unprecedented cinema that moves, sensitizes, and surprises! While addressing topics and presenting works that engage, provoke, bring smiles, leave one perplexed, and shock.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has been built on the generosity of multiple generations of Montrealers. The MMFA’s collection showcases Quebec and Canadian heritage, Indigenous art and international art from a progressive and innovative perspective.

Don’t miss it! This fall, the MMFA invites you to immerse yourself in the work of Marisol, a bold and visionary multidisciplinary artist associated with the Pop art movement. See it now!

Marisol (1930-2016), Women and Dog, 1963-1964. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 64.17a-i. © Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

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International Documentary Association

The International Documentary Association (IDA) supports the vital work of documentary storytellers and champions a thriving and inclusive documentary culture. IDA is a global community of documentary practitioners with members based in 76 countries. IDA provides $1M+ annually in grants to documentary filmmakers, organizes the bi-annual Getting Real conference, annual IDA Documentary Awards, SpringDocs and FallDocs screening series and publishes the Documentary magazine.

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MOMENTA Biennale de l’image

MOMENTA Biennale de l’image is a contemporary art dissemination and mediation platform that operates year-round with ongoing activities. The organization stands out for the position it takes and the questions it asks on the place of the image in today’s societies. Among MOMENTA’s wide range of activities, the biennial is a flagship event presented in partnership with exhibition partners from all over the world. Based in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal, MOMENTA has been organizing exhibitions, digital projects, public programs, creative workshops, and collaborations of all kinds for over 30 years.

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Festivalgoer discounts

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Hôtel Saint-Laurent

Hôtel Saint-Laurent is located in the heart of Downtown. The hotel is specialized in extended stays and all of the suites have fully equipped kitchens.

15% discount to festival-goers on room rentals at regular rates during the festival.

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Saintlo Montréal Hostel

Get a 10% discount on your stay at Saintlo Montréal Hostel, from November 15 to 26, 2023, on every room type.

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McCord Stewart Museum

Take a trip back in time via Becoming Montreal: The 1800s Painted by Duncan at the McCord Stewart Museum. Chronicler of his time, artist James Duncan documented Montreal’s development from 1830 to 1880. His works offer viewers a unique journey into Montreal before photography.

The exhibition will take place from June 2, 2023 to April 21, 2024.

Get 15% off access to the Becoming Montreal: The 1800s Painted by Duncan exhibition upon presentation of a Festival ticket or passport.

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Paperole

Paperole, a publishing house and gallery-boutique, celebrates contemporary illustration in a variety of mediums for all ages: stationery, posters, books, games, clothing and accessories. A must in Montreal, located at 3915 rue Saint-Denis.

Get a 15% discount in Paperole store when you show your RIDM ticket or accreditation. Valid during the festival - From Wednesday, November 15th to Sunday, November 26th 2023.

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Tënk

TËNK.ca is a subscription-based broadcast platform entirely dedicated to independent documentary films, available online across Canada. Each week, five new films are hand-picked by our passionate team of curators. At the heart of the project: our desire to bring the best of documentary to you! 

Obtain a 25% discount on three-month or longer packages with the purchase of a RIDM ticket. With the purchase of a RIDM 2023 passport, enjoy a 35% discount on Tënk, valid only for the annual subscription (now $65 instead of $100).

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Resto Végo

Discover more than 200 dishes at the Multi-Flavour Buffet on the 2nd floor of Resto Vego. The pay by weight buffet is perfect for eating to your fill and choosing amongst our multiple dishes prepared fresh daily. In a hurry? Grab a quick meal at our Gourmet Counter, accessible directly from St-Denis Street.

Enjoy a 10% discount on presentation of a RIDM passport/ticket or a Forum RIDM accreditation during the festival. Discount only applicable at the branch located on Saint-Denis.

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Lola Rosa

Lola Rosa Place des Arts offers a variety of fresh, delicious, and comforting plant-based dishes, all in a cozy setting.

Take advantage of a 15% discount on presentation of a ticket, a RIDM passport or a Forum RIDM accreditation.

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Omnivore

Omnivore (Latin Quarter branch) offers a soothing atmosphere, along with healthy, affordable and tantalizing dishes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.

Enjoy a 15% discount on presentation of a RIDM passport/ticket or a Forum RIDM accreditation during the festival. Discount only applicable at the branch located on Saint-Denis. 

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Café Origine

Café Origine serves specialty coffees from direct trade. Fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, smoothies and alcoholic beverages.

Warm and eclectic atmosphere with relaxed vibes.

Enjoy a 10% discount on presentation of a RIDM passport/ticket or a Forum RIDM accreditation during the festival.

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La Pimenterie

Founded by the documentary filmmaker Julien Fréchette, La Pimenterie specializes in crafting handmade and natural Quebec hot sauces. The head pepperer, a documentary enthusiast, traveled the world in pursuit of the surprising history of chili peppers for the making of his film Chiliheads.

Enjoy a 10% discount on online orders with the purchase of a RIDM ticket or passport.

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Le Parva

The Parva Café & Bistro is located inside the Grande Bibliothèque. It is an independent establishment within the library, offering coffee roasted in Montreal by the Kittel company. They serve directly imported coffee from the producer. All their pastries are handmade by their chef. Supporting local businesses means supporting local producers!

Enjoy a 10% discount on presentation of a RIDM passport/ticket or a Forum RIDM accreditation during the festival.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has been built on the generosity of multiple generations of Montrealers. The MMFA’s collection showcases Quebec and Canadian heritage, Indigenous art and international art from a progressive and innovative perspective. mmfa.qc.ca

Don’t miss it! This fall, the MMFA invites you to immerse yourself in the work of Marisol, a bold and visionary multidisciplinary artist associated with the Pop art movement. See it now!

Thanks to your RIDM passport, you’re entitled to 15% off the ticket price for the exhibition

Buy your ticket online or on site, at the Ticket Counter.

Marisol (1930-2016), Women and Dog, 1963-1964. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 64.17a-i. © Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © Whitney Museum of American Art / Licensed by Scala / Art Resource, NY

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