The 19th annual

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

With 128 films from 35 countries and more than 100 guests, the RIDM is a key event for everyone who appreciates the art of the documentary.

The festival will present 13 world premieres, 18 North American premieres, 24 Canadian premieres and 31 Quebec premieres, and will inaugurate a new competition for Canadian short and medium-length films. Once again, the RIDM is distinguishing itself as a key springboard for emerging artists and local productions.

The RIDM is very pleased to open the festival with the Quebec premiere of Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi. The film is a unique immersion in the everyday life of Lampedusa, an Italian island famous for being the European landing point for numerous refugees. The film won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and establishes Gianfranco Rosi as one of today’s great documentary filmmakers, thanks to a rare aesthetic sensibility and a willingness to confront the major issues of the day – themes echoed in the rest of the festival’s 2016 line-up.

To close the festival, the RIDM opens another window on the world’s upheavals with Freelancer on the Front Lines by Santiago Bertolino (Carré rouge sur fond noir), an all-access look at the life of Jesse Rosenfeld, a freelance journalist who covers conflict zones. An essential film that helps us understand how the written media interpret global issues in the age of Twitter and 24-hour news cycles.

11 awards will be presented to the makers of winning films in four competitive sections: International feature competition, Canadian feature competition, International short and medium-length competition, and Canadian short and medium-length competition

The RIDM organizes many parallel activities alongside its film program. Lectures, round tables, screenings followed by debates, concerts and interactive installations will all enliven the festival’s 11 days.

The 19th edition of the RIDM will take place from November 10 to 20, 2016 at Cinéma du Parc, the Cinémathèque québécoise, Concordia University, the Pavillon Judith Jasmin Annexe and the RIDM’s festival headquarters at 3450 Saint-Urbain St.

Tickets, passes and five-ticket booklets are now on sale via the RIDM website at and in person at the La Vitrine box office or via