Sorry, applications to Bridging the Gap are now closed…


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.

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 workshops so that they can be pitched to a panel of experts who will commission the final 4 projects.

As well as a cash budget of up to 8K (plus in-kind post-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.

The motto of the Commonwealth Games is ‘Humanity, Equality, Destiny’, which resonates with the other major event of 2014 in Scotland: the independence referendum. We would like applicants to explore and engage with character-led stories linked to such ideals and offer a personal and creative interpretation of these.


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).
The Commissioning Pitch will take place on Tuesday 3rd December 2013.
The films are expected to be delivered by the end of April 2014.


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)