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12 August 2019 Forum RIDM

Forum RIDM launches First Pitch's call for projects

Forum RIDM is pleased to announce its ninth edition of its First Pitch event. The event brings together 10 Quebec-based emerging filmmakers (less than 3 years of experience) with 10 well-established producers from the documentary film industry in Quebec.


The First Pitch event’s primary objective is to prepare Quebec-based emerging filmmakers (less than 3 years of experience) to pitch their projects to 10 well-established producers. Filmmakers also benefit from a consultation ahead of the event with EyeSteelFilm’s Mila Aung-Thwin to prepare them to build relationships with working professional producers from Quebec’s documentary film industry.


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
  • You would like to receive pitch training
  • Your documentary (any type – standalone, series, multimedia) is in development


When can you participate?    

  • The call for proposals is open from August 7th to September 9th, 2019
  • One day of pitch training offered by EyeSteelFilm on September 25th, 2019
  • One day of pitches and one-on-one type meetings on October 2nd, 2019


How can you participate?

Send your application to Mathieu Bédard, project manager, at and include the following:

  • Your résumé
  • Letter of intent (max. 1 page)
  • Description of your project (max. 5 pages, visual style / sound design / director's intent / description of the film)
  • Link to excerpts of your project or an older project
  • Please mention how did you hear about this call for projects

A registration fee of $40 + tax will apply to every selected candidate.


Why should you participate?

  • To get pitch training and critical feedback on your project
  • To learn about the documentary industry
  • To meet others and learn best practices
  • To connect with members of the documentary community and get introduced to the professional milieu



  • 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 5 pages, even for series, including a short synopsis
  • You are allowed to submit only one project.


 We encourage all Quebec-based emerging filmmakers to send their applications by September 9, 2019, to



First Pitch is presented in collaboration with the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ). 




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