The documentary film festival in Montréal RIDM sums up its activities and awards like this, with the DOKLeipzig winner “The Tiniest Place” again very much presented. More information, and trailers to be watched, by clicking on the titles below. To be welcomed that the festival also honours editing and cinematography: The festival presented nearly 200 films, (had) events, and activities. More than 60 special guests from Quebec and abroad participated this year, helping us to bring out the best in reality-based filmmaking.

During the awards ceremony on Nov. 19 at the Grande Bibliothèque, 10 awards were given out to highlight some notable contributions. Prizes worth more than $26,500 in cash and services were distributed to the honourees.

This list of winners is as follows:

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE Territoire perdu by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd 
Special mention: The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño) by Tatiana Huezo

BEST EDITING IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE presented by AQTIS 
Territoire perdu by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd

GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE presented by Bell 
Carnets d’un grand détour by Catherine Hébert

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE presented by Antoine Laoun Opticien 
El velador by Natalia Almada

BEST NEW TALENT FROM QUEBEC/CANADA presented by the NFB 
The Vanishing Spring Light by Xun Yu

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD Les Etats-Unis d’Afrique by Yanick Létourneau 
Special mention: La guerre de Wiebo (Wiebo’s War) by David York

BEST INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM presented by Films Transit 
Hula and Natan de Robby Elmaliah 
Special mention: Out of Reach by Jakub Stozek

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM presented by Vox 
Flying Anne (Anne Vliegt) de Catherine Van Campen

WOMEN INMATES AWARD The Tiniest Place (El lugar más pequeño) by Tatiana Huezo

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD presented by Canal D 
Bouton by Res Balzli

PS. The film of Frederick Wiseman was shown at the festival – Crazy Horse, photo – as the opening film resulting in a signed letter to the organisers from around 30 filmmakers, who expressed that the festival supported sexism!

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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