The initiative aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first commission by offering Scottish-based filmmakers the opportunity to work closely with Scottish Documentary Institute and make 10 minute documentaries.


Someone once said ‘Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.’

For our 12th edition of Bridging the Gap, we are looking for visual and quirky, character-led stories, inspired by situations where differences and diversity are seen as sources of strength and inspiration.

10 ideas will be short-listed on the basis of the proposal and supporting materials. In the following weeks they will be developed and honed further through weekend workshops run by international filmmakers and leading industry professionals. The 10 projects will then be pitched to a panel of experts, who will commission the final 4 films.

As well as a cash budget of 8K (plus in-kind production and distribution support) the 4 selected filmmakers will receive further training and mentoring over six months to create vibrant new stories. The films are intended for distribution in cinemas and festivals and to be delivered by May 2015.



Deadline for applications = Friday 10th October (12noon)
The selected projects will be announced on the 13th of October


You must be Scottish-based to be eligible for Bridging the Gap.
We are especially interested in filmmakers from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.
We cannot accept applications from students in full time education.

Short-listed participants are expected to attend a series of compulsory workshops (see our Guidelines & Information for all relevant dates): please note that the first workshop will take place on Sat 18th & Sun 19th October 2014
The Commissioning Pitch will take place on Tuesday 2nd December 2014.
The films are expected to be delivered by May 2015.

All workshops will take place in Edinburgh, at the Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh), home of the Scottish Documentary Institute.


Application and participation to Bridging the Gap are free.

For any further question, please email


Bridging the Gap is supported by Creative Scotland & the Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh)