The RIDM encourages young people to discover the best of documentary, including its newest forms. To that end, the festival organizes creation and writing workshops, as well as screenings and meetings between film professionals and young audiences during the festival and year round. The mission of the RIDM’s youth program is to help students learn about cinematic language in the documentary genre, and to promote a critical understanding of local and international issues.
Since, more than 2000 young people at high schools and cégeps, as well as youth centres, attended on-site screenings and met the filmmakers. The Quebec-made films shown in in the last two years included Ma vie réelle (Magnus Isacsson), La nouvelle Rupert (Nicolas Renaud), Carbon Rush (Amy Miller), À St-Henri, le 26 août (Shannon Walsh) and Les États-Unis d’Afrique (Yanick Létourneau) etc.
The RIDM screens the Student Jury’s award winner at partner Cegeps, giving students the chance to see a high-quality documentary. The festival inaugurated the award in 2014.