Bridging the Gap Inspiration Session - Edinburgh

Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, offering documentary development training, a cash budget, and one year of international festival distribution. This opportunity is open to emerging filmmakers based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

There’s no specific theme for this year’s open call. But we expect to be surprised, challenged, and moved by submissions that embrace the creativity of the documentary genre, and subvert expectations in terms of form and content. 

Join us for an informal inspiration session taking place on Wednesday, 30 August at Dean's Office, Summerhall, Edinburgh from 5.30PM to learn more about how to apply to Bridging the Gap. In this session we will run through the application guidelines, give you some pointers on developing your short documentary narrative, creating a story from an idea, and how to put this on paper.

There will also be a chance to pitch us your ideas, and ask any questions you may have before submitting your application.

About Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, offering intensive training and commission opportunities to emerging UK-based filmmakers. The programme helps filmmakers to develop their 10-minute documentary projects and allows them the chance to work closely with industry professionals. The films produced to date have enabled the filmmakers to take successful first steps in the industry, picking up awards, BAFTAs, special mentions and festival screenings in 60 countries worldwide.

Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application.

Application, pre-selection, and participation in Bridging the Gap are free.

For any further questions, please contact [email protected]


August 30, 2023 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Summerhall 1
Edinburgh EH9 1PL
United Kingdom
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