The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) has named Mila Aung-Thwin as president of the board for RIDM and Doc Circuit Montreal.
Aung-Thwin was nominated vice-president in 2009. He succeeds Philippe Baylaucq and becomes the third RIDM president since its foundation 13 years ago.
He is the co-founder of Montreal-based production company EyeSteelFilm and is a Jutra and Genie award-winning filmmaker, and has produced docs such as Last Train Home, Up the Yangtze, RiP! A remix manifesto and Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.
“I’m truly honoured and excited to be serving as president of the RIDM, especially with the dynamic duo of Roxanne Sayegh as director general and Charlotte Selb in programming.
“For documentaries in general, this is a time of great change: Television, cameras, Internet, cinema – everything is in transition in terms of technology and business model. But one thing is not changing: people love true documentary stories that are well told.
“Documentaries are the independent alternative to all the distracting media noise out there. Documentaries change our relationship with the world. So I think this is a great time to solidify and expand our position as Montreal’s international documentary festival,” Aung-Thwin said in a statement.
RIDM is also welcoming three new members to the board: Remy Khouzam, an attorney specializing in new media and film, as well as Richard Brouillette and Yanick Létourneau, both producers and filmmakers.
The next edition of RIDM will be held from November 9 to 20, 2011.