27 September 2013

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Deadline for submissions :  Friday October 4, 2013 midnight (Montreal time)

Montréal, September 24, 2013 – In collaboration with the Cuban Hat Project and the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) Agence TOPO is inviting all Canadian filmmakers and media creators artists to participate at a video pitch contest where they have three minutes to present their film, video, web or transmedia documentary project.

Important dates – 5 projects to be selected for a live pitch

Web/Video/Film makers have until Friday October 4, 2013 at midnight, to post their pitch on the Cuban Hat site : http://www.cubanhat.tv. Twelve projects will be selected and submitted to the public vote and a panel of Cuban Hat experts from the 11th to the 20th of October. On October 23, a shorter list of five projects will be unveiled at a press conference by RIDM. And on November 19, the creators behing these five projects will have the opportunity to pitch their project live in front of the public, in Montreal, where again the on site and online vote will be crucial to choose who will benefit fromt the Cuban Hat content to help develop his/her project.

The Cuban Hat Project – All can contribute and pledge !

At the present time in the Cuban Hat are more than 30 000 $ of money, goods and services collected from both sponsors and individual doc-lovers. As a proud supporter of documentary filmmaking, the Cuban Hat Project is excited to collaborate for a third year in a row with Doc Circuit Montreal, the market branch of RIDM with a new edition of the Cuban Hat online Pitching Contest – a crowd start-up and funding initiative for documentary projects. This online platform developed in collaboration with Agence TOPO – http://www.AgenceTOPO.qc.ca – was made possible thanks to the support of the innovative platform and digital network program of Quebec’s provincial arts council, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec.

For more info about the contest and to see what’s constantly being added in the hat for the Cuban Hat Award, visit our website:www.cubanhat.tv To follow the results and the evolution of the participants, like us at facebook.com/cubanhat or follow uson twitter @cubanhat

About the Cuban Hat Project

The Cuban Hat Project is non-profit initiative started in 2009 by indie filmmakers Diego Briceño and Giulia Frati. Our mission is to connect strong and beautiful film projects with potential industry partners, by allowing audiences to support their favorite film ideas with votes, money or assistance. We want to create a community of mutual support, to stimulate debate and collaborative decision-making. We combine the power of both offline events and online tools. We are part of Makila, an artist run and non profit coop, we use democratic, open and cost-efficient means to achieve our goals. We keep it small, grassroots and constantly evolving!

Call for projects – Please share with your network

Open to all Canadian filmmakers and media creators, this contest offers them the opportunity to develop their documentary ideas, to access different funding models and to build a community around their projects. We are looking for documentaries with a strong point of view, that challenge our perception of reality and that are capable of engaging new audiences to the relevant issues of our time. All formats and genres are eligible. We also require that all projects integrate a transmedia strategy to enhance either their creation, financing or distribution (for example, a secondary distribution platform, a crowdfunding campaign, etc). Our aim is to give collective support to a handful of strong and beautiful documentary projects while connecting creators with the industry and their potential audience.

For more information :

Agence TOPO : Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron : diffusion@agencetopo.qc.ca

Projet Cuban Hat : Giulia Frati et Diego Briceño: info@cubanhat.tv