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RIDM 21 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2024

Our commitments

Our commitments

Our commitment to provide a safe and inclusive environment

The RIDM and Forum RIDM are committed to presenting and reflecting upon diverse and stimulating perspectives on the world, through documentary cinema. The two organizations provide spaces for discussion, learning and debate, in a spirit of respect, inclusiveness and empathy. 

Consequently, the RIDM and Forum RIDM are committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for all, where everyone is treated equally, without distinctions or discrimination, exclusion or preferred treatment based on race, colour, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, religion, political opinion, language, ethnicity, nationality, social position or disability.

The RIDM and Forum RIDM reserve the right to withdraw the accreditation or the access to venues from anyone who engages in harassment, discrimination, intimidation, violence or related behaviours. They also reserve the right to deny access to their venues and events and to remove the discriminatory messages from our social networks without notice or refund.

If you believe you have been the target of harassing, discriminatory or violent behaviour, or if you have witnessed such a situation, please notify the RIDM and Forum RIDM team by writing to

 All illegal acts must be reported to the authorities. In case of emergency, call 911 immediately.

To review the Delegate Code of conduct, click here.


Our Commitment to Environmental Matters 

At RIDM, we are committed to reducing our ecological footprint. These efforts are multifaceted:

Local Partnerships

We partner with local businesses and suppliers to promote a local circular economy. We support local artisans and products that are organic, fair-trade and environmentally-friendly. 

Reduction at the Source

The best way to reduce garbage and waste is to chose not to use certain products in the first place. RIDM aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and the quantity of trash produced at the Festival by taking the following actions:

  • Whenever possible, re-use structures, decor, accessories and signage from past editions; 

  • Maximize the use of of existing resources by mutualizing technical equipment, materials and various items with other local festivals to avoid redundant purchases;

  • Serve food and beverages in reusable, recyclable or compostable dishes and cutlery;

  • Offer an entirely vegetarian and vegan food menu to the participants of the RIDM Forum and at our networking cocktails;

  • Install free water stations at the Festival’s Headquarters, in the RIDM Forum spaces. No plastic water or pop bottles will be available at the Festival’s Headquarters’ bars and spaces, not at its associated cocktails;

  • Continue our long-standing association with Ecocup. 

To learn more about how to reduce your waste at the source, you can consult this link from Recyc-Quebec

Responsible Waste Management 

For many years already, RIDM manages its waste in a responsible fashion by putting in place better waste-sorting stations with recycling, consignment and garbage bins. As of last year, we have added compost stations at the Festival’s Headquarters to further minimize the footprint of our activities.  We are proud to collaborate with Les Valoristes, a local solidarity cooperative that recuperates all of our consigned materials for a 3rd consecutive year.

For practical advice and better waste management, discover the mobile application of Recyc-Québec.

Sustainable Mobility

We strongly encourage our staff, guests, and festival goers  to use sustainable modes of transports to attend the Festival. We invite you to take public transport, a bicycle, a Bixi or carpooling. 

Sustainable Use of Technologies 

We have adopted digital solutions to minimize physical supports. For example, we have eliminated physical prointed copies of both the RIDM and FORUM RIDM programs in favour of a downloadable PDF available on our website.

Community Involvement 

We collaborate with the community, including our volunteers and festival goers, to share ideas and build initiatives both on site at the Festival and via our social networks. All are invited to contribute to the reduction of our ecological footprint, by bringing their own reusable coffee cup or by recycling or reusing their lanyard, for example.

Data Collection

We collect data to measure our ecological impact and follow our progress from year to year, to help us improve our actions and set even more ambition targets.

The eco-responsability component of RIDM is presented by Recyc-Québec.

Towards a waste-free Quebec. This is the vision of Recyc-Québec, the benchmark for responsible waste management in Quebec. Recyc-Québec works to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover residual materials in a perspective of circular economy and the fight against climate change. To this end, Recyc-Québec promotes, develops and encourages the reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of containers, packaging, materials and products, as well as their reclamation, with a view to conserving resources.


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