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27 July 2018 Forum RIDM


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Montreal, Monday, July 16, 2018 - Doc Circuit Montreal (DCM) is excited to announce the call for projects launch for the Cuban Hat Pitch, taking place during the 14th edition of the RIDM’s industry forum. Established as well as emerging producers and directors are invited to submit their documentary film projectsby September 3. With several prizes awarded by the industry and the audience, the Cuban Hat Pitch is a festive and significant part of the DCM calendar.



For the 8th consecutive year, Doc Circuit Montreal and the Montreal based coop MAKILA will present the Cuban Hat Pitch. Ahead of the event that will take place on November 12 and following a call for submission, five projects will be selected by a committee of experts, followed by an online public vote held for one week. Each team will then be invited to pitch their projects in front of a live audience and a prestigious jury to win numerous cash and service prizes, generously offered by our partners. All finalists will take part in a three-day pitch training and receive a DCM accreditation for the entire forum. Any unfinished linear, series, interactive or virtual reality documentary project are welcome to submit.


This year, the DCM’s hat contains more than $33,000 in cash and services, and continues to seek partnerships. Bringing the film community together (project creators, industry professionals and audience), the prizes also support the production of successful films. The full list of prizes can be found online and will continue to grow until the event.


Important Dates :

  •         Last day to submit projects: September 3, 2018
  •         Pitch training with Makila: September 29, October 13 and November 9
  •         Audience vote on November 1st to 11
  •         Cuban Hat Pitch Event: November 12


Eligibility :

  •         Open to all Canadian filmmakers (citizens and permanent residents) *
  •         Open to all types of documentary projects, including hybrid films
  •         Open to all types of projects, every stage of production, every genre, format and media
  •         Final Submission Date: September 3, 2018


*Filmmakers living outside of Montreal are encouraged to send their project submissions but will be responsible for all costs related to travel and lodging.


Our confirmed partners of the 2018 Cuban Hat Pitch:

SPIRA ACIC / ONF | PRIM | MAKILA | Doc Circuit Montréal | TOPO - Laboratoire d’écritures numériques | DOC Canada | Main Film | Lussier & Khouzam | Hot Docs Forum |  T&S Coop | Cinema Politica | SLA Location |akaDCP | CQAM.

Thank you to Makila and all of our Cuban Hat Pitch partners.


About Doc Circuit Montréal

Every year, Doc Circuit Montreal offers an intensive program combining industry gatherings and professional development. Doc Circuit Montreal’s 14th edition will take place from November 10 to 14, 2018.



Makila is solidarity based non-profit coop with a mission to create, produce and distribute participatory media projects in a spirit of collaboration and reciprocity.


To find out about more about project admissibility and submission, please consult our website: Pitch Cuban Hat


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For more information, please contact:

Caroline Rompré | pixelleX communications | 514-778-9294 |


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