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14 - 24 Nov. 2019

Talent Lab

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and its professional Forum are pleased to welcome NETFLIX as major partner. NETFLIX will be a partner for the Forum RIDM and its Talent Lab, a marquee event launched in 2014.

The Doc Circuit Montreal Talent Lab is a unique creative and professional development initiative. For its 5th edition, the Talent Lab brings together Canadian emerging artistic talent to incubate film projects, expand filmmaking practices and foster community networks.

The Talent Lab will take place from November 10 to 12. The first two days will be devoted to workshops and lectures for Talent Lab participants, who will then join the rest of DCM on November 12. As a result, the emerging artists who attend the Talent Lab will have the opportunity to network with established documentary industry professionals from around the world. This edition will invite more than 20 emerging filmmakers to participate in the documentary lab alongside artists and experts from the RIDM and DCM programs.

Applicants can submit their proposals from September 12 to October 10, 2018.



A customized mentorship program will be offered this year to seven filmmakers selected among Talent Lab participants. The mentors come from a variety of professional backgrounds, and are from Canada and other countries.

The list of guests and mentors will be announced in the DCM newsletter (also available online).



DCM welcomes the NFB as a new Talent Lab partner this year. The documentary studio in the NFB’s French-language program will support up-and-coming filmmakers with a $5,000 grant for the development of a French-language project by a Quebec-based filmmaker participating in Talent Lab 2018.


For the fourth year in a row, Canal D will offer a $10,000 grant (in the form of a development contract) to the makers of one of the Canadian French-language projects in Talent Lab 2018.

The NFB and Canal D grants will both be presented to their winners on November 12 during the opening reception for the 14th annual Doc Circuit Montreal.


Thanks to generous contributions from the Canadian documentary community, several Talent Lab participants from outside Quebec will receive support from the Peter Wintonick Travel Grant.

DCM wishes to thank Bunbury FilmsCinema PoliticaColonelle FilmsEyeSteelFilmIntuitive Picture, Invisible Hand Productions, John Walker ProductionsKensington CommunicationsParabola Films.

In 2017, ten emerging creators from British-Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario benefitted from this travel grant.

DCM’s Talent Lab initiative is made possible by the support of Telefilm CanadaCanal D and the NFB.



  • Emerging and mid-career filmmakers with projects in development or in production.

  • All documentary forms are welcome - from shorts to series, to feature length, factual to art and experimental, linear to interactive.

*Past Talent Lab participants are not eligible.

Application deadline is October 10, before noon. You can submit your application with this form.



  • $100.00 +tx for the Talent Lab (Access to all Talent Lab activities from 10 to 12 Nov.)
  • $150.00 +tx to add a particicipation to the One-on-Ones


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Mentees and mentors 2017

Maya Annik Bedward - JOSEPH HILLEL (Canada) | Chloe Sosa-Sims - CARLOS FERRAND (Canada) | Tony Massil - CÉLINE BARIL (Canada) | Valérie Bah - CHARLES OFFICER (Canada) | Victor Arroyo - TRACEY DEER (Canada) | Courtney Montour - AMY MILLER (Canada)

Talent Lab guests 2017

Ezra Winton (Cinema Politica) // Christopher Allen (UnionDocs) // Joanne Loew (University of Saskatchewan) // Charlotte Selb (RIDM) // Isabella Weetaluktuk (THREE THOUSAND) // Sean Farnel (SeaFarNorth) // Stephen Puskas (National Film Board) // Ina Fichman (Intuitive Pictures) // Mila Aung-Thwin (EyeSteelFilm) // Fusun Uzun (VERY FRUSTRATING MEXICAN REMOVAL) // Prune Lieutier (La boite à pitons) // Pierre Corbinais (ENTERRE-MOI, MON AMOUR) // Catherine Van Campen (ZAATARI DJIN) // Benjamin Taylor (VISIONS) // James K. Wilkins (Automatic Moving Co.) // Stephanie McArthur (Hot Docs) // Selin Murat (Parabola Films) // Samara Chadwick (Goethe Institut)

Talent Lab 2018 cohort - Stefanie Bathurst, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, Shaïra Boursiquot, Marcelin Boussou-Hunkali, Teresa Camou, Josiane Cloutier, Craig Commanda, Naomi Condo, Pierre Danielot, Cyrielle Deschaud, Eve Duranceau, Andréanne Germain, Feven Ghebremariam, Mélisandre Gibbs, Martine Granby, Juliette Granger, François Guinaudeau, Alexandra Guité, Amélie Hardy, Alexander Humilde, Rares Ienasoaie, Kinga Michalska, Madsen Minax, Luke Mistruzzi, Sara Nacer, Laurence Olivier, Mathieu Quintal, Anthony Stechyson, Sara Wylie


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