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Montreal’s Forum RIDM unveils 2021 program for hybrid event

Organizers have announced details for the 17th edition of documentary conference Forum RIDM, which will take place from November 13 to 17 in Montreal. This year’s event will be held in ...
October 22, 2021

Organizers have announced details for the 17th edition of documentary conference Forum RIDM, which will take place from November 13 to 17 in Montreal.

This year’s event will be held in a hybrid format with a combination of in-person and virtual events that will allow for wider international participation. The 2021 edition will see the return of programs like the Talent Lab, presented by Netflix, the Création Plurielle workshop series presented by the Bell Fund and the connected One-on-One pitch event presented in collaboration with the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada.

Additionally, two virtual roundtables — one focused on Canadian funds and another for experts from the documentary and non-fiction industry — will allow participants to meet and network with other professionals.

Forum RIDM 2021 will kick off with a breakfast with Montreal-based Picbois Productions to discuss high-impact production in the documentary field, presented by the Canada Media Fund. And in addition to the traditional Rough Cut Lab and Doc Hour panel (presented by Doc Québec), the 2021 program also features two new discussion activities: a working breakfast in which creators will have the opportunity to discuss issues of representation and diversity, as well as a post-screening discussion presented by the Bell Fund as part of the Création Plurielle series, where industry professionals and Forum audiences can share their impressions of a film, with the filmmaker also participating.

This year’s event will also feature a number of workshops, including Focus on Co-production, designed and hosted by producer Colette Loumède, titled “Is International coproduction a good deal?” Forum 2021 is also bringing back Doc Ignite: Writing for Documentary Funds, in collaboration with Hot Docs.

Also taking place as part of this year’s hybrid Forum is the One-on-One event, which will take place online on November 16-17, offering individual 15-minute meetings between producers, filmmakers, and industry representatives. With more than 60 local and international industry members participating, it’s an opportunity for virtual attendees to network despite physical distance. The One-on-One pitch event is presented in collaboration with the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada.

Distributors participating include Autlook Filmsales (Germany), Blue Ice Docs and KinoSmith (Canada), Lightdox (Switzerland), Syndicado (Canada) and WINDROSE (France). Festival representatives include the Atlanta Film Festival (U.S.), DocMontevideo (Uruguay), DocsMX (Mexico), DOK.fest München (Germany), DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Canada), Millenium Documentary Film Festival (Belgium), Hot Docs (Canada), Lunenburg Doc Fest (Canada), Marché du film – Festival de Cannes (France), Planet In Focus (Canada), True/False Film Fest (U.S.) and Visions du Réel (Switzerland).

Also taking place will be the eighth edition of the Forum RIDM Talent Lab, presented by Netflix. This lab gives 16 emerging Canadian filmmakers the chance to participate in masterclasses and discussions with creators and experts from the industry over three days. As part of the Talent Lab, four prizes, in the form of support, will be handed out to selected participants on behalf of Canal D, ONF, NFB and CineGround.

Finally, the Création Plurielle series, presented in collaboration with the Bell Fund, will promote inclusive and supportive practices in the documentary community. The 2021 series has been designed by Larissa Christoforo, executive director of the M.É.D.I.A. Coalition. It includes several activities, including a discussion on representation in documentaries. The Création Plurielle workshops are designed to respond to the needs of filmmakers and other professionals from First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Afrodescendent and racialized communities.

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