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Cuban Hat @ Forum RIDM 2019

Pitching contest to select the best Canadian documentary project at Forum RIDM 2019 in Montreal.


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 six 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). Scroll down to discover the finalists!

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

Nov 18, 2019 — 19H00
Submission of projects
Jul 8 — Sep 2, 2019
Online vote
Nov 1 — 17, 2019

335 boul, de Maisonneuve
Montreal, QC, H2X1K1


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.


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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