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RIDM announces the 2021 People’s Choice Award: DEAR AUDREY by Jeremiah Hayes




The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) ended its run of theatrical screenings yesterday, Sunday, November 21. The 24th edition presented 78 public screenings for many eager filmgoers who had the opportunity to discover the selected films on the big screen at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma du Musée, Cinéma du Parc or Cineplex Quartier Latin.


Invited to vote for their favourite film, audiences chose to give the People’s Choice Award to Dear Audrey by Jeremiah Hayes. This touching film revisits the incredible life of documentary filmmaker Martin Duckworth as he accompanies his wife, photographer and activist Audrey Schirmer, through the last phase of Alzheimer's disease. Co-produced by Cineflix Media and the NFB, the film will have its theatrical release in May 2022. The People's Choice Award is presented by MADE | NOUS.


The RIDM continues online through November 25, accessible across Canada. Cinephiles will be able to enjoy films from Bloc 3 of the program, including Dear Audrey, as well as seven of this edition’s other award-winning films: Looking for Horses by Stefan Pavlovic, zo reken by Emanuel Licha, Animal Macula by Sylvain L'Espérance, Far Beyond the Pasturelands by Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis, If You See Her, Say Hello by Hee Young Pyun and Jiajun (Oscar) Zhang, The Truss Arch by Sonya Stefan, and Dear Jackie by Henri Pardo.


To see the award winners of the 24th edition:



Launched in 2019, MADE | NOUS celebrates the works of Canadian creators in film, television, video games and digital entertainment, both here and around the world. Canada is home to award-winning television, movies, and special effects that have captured global audiences and swept box offices worldwide. MADE | NOUS shines a spotlight on the achievements of Canadians who bring exceptional stories to life and encourages audiences to discover and celebrate their work. MADE | NOUS is the result of a collaborative effort between key entertainment industry players such as the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, as well as an additional thirty—and growing—industry partners. For more information, visit



The RIDM gratefully acknowledges the support of its valued partners: the Gouvernement du Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, SODEC, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ville de Montréal, Téléfilm Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal, the Centre des Services aux Entreprises - Intégration en emploi (Emploi-Québec), the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, Crave, Canal D, the Canada Media Fund, Télé-Québec, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), TV5, Radio-Canada, Post-Moderne, the Société civile des auteurs multimédia (SCAM), PRIM, BDO, the Cinémathèque québécoise, and Studio Chop Chop, as well as Benoît Parent and Arthur Gaumont-Marchant.


The RIDM’s 24th edition continues online until November 25

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