October 24, 2012 –Reality programming is taken to new heights this coming November 7 to 18, when the 15th edition of the Montréal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM) comes to a Montréal theatre near you!
Québec’s only film festival dedicated to documentaries, the Montréal International Documentary Festival presents the very best in reality-based films, including the works of established directors and new talents. It features an outstanding international film competition that presents a comprehensive selection of the year’s premier documentaries from here and abroad, for both general and professional audiences (in other words, non-industry types get to hob-knob with those in the know about the crème de la crème in doc film).
The importance of documentary film in Québec’s cinematographic story cannot be understated. Many leading filmmakers have their roots in this genre, the historic backbone of Québec cinema, and continue to spread their influence throughout the industry. And that’s why the RIDM works so tirelessly “to carry on the vision of pioneering filmmakers by promoting the best local productions and presenting the year’s most important and ambitious international works”, a mission it has upheld for the past 15 years.
15 years, 15 all-time favourites
To mark this important anniversary, the RIDM Festival celebrates 15 years of discovery, discussion and debate about documentary cinema with a special programme: 15 years, 15 all-time favourites, which features 15 key industry heavyweights selected by the Festival who, in turn, have selected one documentary that changed their lives. Guest programmers are as follows: Philippe Falardeau, Lou Reed, Gael García Bernal, Frederick Wiseman, Barbet Schroeder, Patricio Guzmán, Kim Longinotto, Jia Zhang-ke,Alanis Obomsawin, Gilles Jacob, Naomi Kawase, Philip Glass, Laura Poitras, Agnès Varda and Samira Makhmalbaf. Considering how stacked this guest list is, you can be sure that the programme will be nothing less than exceptional!
Promoting local productions and the many forms of documentary films
For the public at large, there are a number of ancillary activities organized around the festival, including master classes, roundtables, and topical discussions on the hottest themes in modern documentary filmmaking. For industry professionals, the Festival offers Doc Circuit Montréal, or the Québec Documentary Market, the only bilingual doc market in North America. With a mission to stimulate documentary production and distribution both nationally and internationally, it organizes a stimulating agenda of professional activities, such as networking forums and professional lectures and meetings, which draws hundreds of influential industry players each year.
Consult the website for full programme details and get ready to experience some reality blockbusters!