Cuban Hat @ Forum RIDM 2019

The call for doc projects is now closed. We will soon announce the 5 selected project. Then, we will have the online vote and the grand pitch finale on Nov. 18, 2019 at Forum RIDM. Follow us on facebook to stay tuned!


Once again, the Cuban Hat is back in Montreal to showcase some of the most passionate and talented documentary creators in Canada and their new projects. The five selected finalists will get training and pitch for more than $40,000 in prizes in front of an audience at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).

In the past, many projects have completed their production or post-production and found funding, buyers or co-producers thanks to the exposure received during and after their participation. Cuban Hat is a grass-roots initiative organized by Makila, an artist-run non-profit cooperative in Montreal, to promote more inclusive and collaborative ways to create and fund documentary media. The Cuban Hat @ RIDM has become a tradition for our local doc community, especially the pitch night event, which brings together decision makers, producers, creators and audience on a live event to listen, see, discuss, donate and vote for the best pitches.

So why should you participate?

+ To access amazing prices in cash, services: In our last editions we have attracted sponsors for over 40 000 dollars in cash and services such as camera rentals, sound and image post-production, membership to organizations, workshops and invitations to other market events.

+ To present your project to the Canadian and International documentary industry and maybe find funding and partners. We manage to bring together some of the top "decision-makers", meaning representatives from broadcasting and funding institutions, as well as the top producers and media makers in Canada to pay attention to you and your project.

+ To learn or improve how to pitch your project and enjoy a collaborative and festive atmosphere. With over 10 years experience training and organizing pitching events, we have developed a unique expertise in helping media makers improve not only their pitch but the overall clarity of their intentions and ideas. We use a collaborative approach that also fosters solidarity amongst creators and an environment of friendship and reciprocity.

Save the dates:

Call for projects from July 8 to September 2, 2019

Pitch training on 5 & 26 October and November 15

Online Voting from November 8 to the 18

Live pitch November 18 at 7pm


Montreal, QC, Canada


Open to all documentary media creators residing in Canada

Open to all types of documentaries or hybrid genres. Fiction projects are not eligible.

Open to all types of projects, production stages, genres, formats and media.

We strongly encourage creators from underrepresented or marginalized groups, communities, peoples or backgrounds to submit.


We would like to thank our partners for their extraordinary support.
Take a look at the prices already collected in the hat:


(2x5000$) in production services or in postproduction


Rental services


A 7-day residency at the Bic including a consultation service


Postproduction services


Pitch training workshops for the 6 finalists


5 accréditation face-à-face (une par projet)


A free subscription to its next training program and multiplatform production mentoring.


1 year membership to each of the members of the winning team


Equipment rental services and in production and postproduction services + 1 year subscription to Main Film


<p>1 week and a weekend rental of the Digital Lab, and one day use of its digitization services</p>


Rental services


DCP coding services


Legal consultancy


1 all-access pass for the 2019 festival


50% off on subtitling services


Rabais applicable sur un programme de formation


1 year general membership for professionals, and 2 tickets to the Numix Gala


1 year membership for each winner


Cash prize + assistance through the “Adopt A Doc” program for the project with the strongest social justice focus


1 associate membership as well as advice and support


1 accreditation 2019 to each of the members of the winning team

Selection process

To submit you will have to complete the online form on the platform before 11:59 pm on September 2, 2019

To access the submission form you will have to create an account on our platform. After validating your user account you will be able to log-in and start a project submission.

You will need a video link on vimeo or youtube (less than 5 minutes), a synopsis (2000 characters maximum), a still image and to answer a series of questions concerning the project, your partners, collaborators and current needs.

By being available for at least two of the three pitch training courses in Montreal

Ready to attend in person to the Live pitch event on November 18 in Montreal