Information on the activity

November 14, 2019 to November 24, 2019


At the RIDM, you will:

  • Discover the best local and international documentary films
  • Go deeper into pressing social, political and environmental issues
  • Meet filmmakers and industry professionals at workshops, panel discussions and master classes
  • Develop documentary projects at Doc Circuit Mtl, Quebec's foremost documentary marketplace

The RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal) was founded in 1998 by documentary filmmakers who wanted to create a platform for new perspectives and innovative practices in documentary film.

At its core, documentary is a way to better understand the current and future challenges facing our society and the planet. Now in its 20th year, the RIDM is an annual festival with an international scope. Each instalment brings over a hundred films from the four corners of the world to Montreal. The program, organized around social, political and environmental themes, features distinctive films chosen for their unique perspective and artistic strengths. Workshops and panel discussions welcome audiences, professionals and partners alike. The Forum gives industry people a chance to engage with filmgoers, and with the politics of making documentary.

Montreal is a major nexus for documentary production and distribution. For television programmers and foreign distributors, the RIDM is a go-to showcase for Quebec documentaries seeking national and international distribution. The RIDM is also home to Doc Circuit Mtl, Quebec's foremost documentary marketplace, created specifically to support and stimulate independent documentary production and to bring filmmakers, craftspeople, producers, distributors and programmers of every kind together.

By providing a space for convivial encounters with films and their creators, the RIDM promotes the openness of spirit that lets individuals and communities evolve. It hosts a dynamic and stimulating exchange of ideas around a diverse selection of work that surprises, fascinates and inspires. Documentary film is and will always be an invitation to look closer, in order to see better.