The Montreal International Documentary Festival

Years running: 25 (since 1998)

The Montreal International Documentary Festival

International Documentary Festival.


The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents more than 140 Canadian and international documentaries. 

Originally conceived as a filmmakers’ festival, the RIDM also works to bring artists and audiences together. For 10 days each year, master classes, round tables and thematic discussions are organized for the general public and industry professionals. 


  • Grand Prize for Best International Feature
  • Special Jury Prize - International Feature
  • Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature
  • Special Jury Prize - Canadian Feature
  • Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada
  • Best International Short or Medium-Length Film
  • Best Canadian Short or Medium-Length Film
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Magnus Isacsson Award

This award is presented to a socially conscious work by an emerging Canadian director. 

  • Student Award

The jury of five students from cegeps presents an award to a film from the Canadian Competition. 

  • Women Inmates’ Award

The Inmates’ Jury is made up of five inmates of the Joliette Institution, the only federal women’s penitentiary in Quebec. 


  • The RIDM’s program is focused on auteur documentaries. All formats and/or subjects are accepted.
  • The production date of record must be after December 1, 2020.
  • If the original language is neither French nor English, the work must be subtitled in French or English.
  • Works previously rejected by the RIDM cannot be resubmitted.
  • Selected films and interactive works must give the RIDM a Quebec premiere, i.e. they cannot be broadcast, webcast or screened in Quebec before being screened at the RIDM.

The RIDM accepts the following types of submissions: 

  • shorts (under 30 min.)
  • medium-length films (31-60 min.)
  • features (60 min. and over)
  • documentary interactive works (web documentaries, installations, mobile and tablet apps, virtual or enhanced reality works etc.).


Premiere Requirements

Regional premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Executive Director: Mara Gourd-Mercado


Damien Detcheberry (distributor, EyeSteelFilm)
Marie-Ève Juste (filmmaker)
Daniel Kasman (director of content, MUBI)
Leena Pasanen (director, Dok Leipzig)
Neil Young (film critic)
Adam Cook (Programming Associate, TIFF)
Amandine Gay (filmmaker)
Lisa Jackson (filmmaker and programmer)




Official Website



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Montreal, QC, H2T 1X3

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 01, 2022
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 29, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    May 31, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    June 15, 2022
  • Event Dates
    10 — 21 November 2022
Categories & Fees


  • Earlybird Deadline — C$40
  • Regular Deadline — C$55
  • Late Deadline — C$75


  • Earlybird Deadline — C$30
  • Regular Deadline — C$45
  • Late Deadline — C$65
  • Earlybird Deadline — C$31
  • Regular Deadline — C$46
  • Late Deadline — C$66
  • Earlybird Deadline — C$20
  • Regular Deadline — C$35
  • Late Deadline — C$56
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