We regularly invite UK and international filmmakers and speakers to talk about documentary and their craft. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming events. Many events are recorded and you can watch highlights from our masterclasses online.
Jeremy Weller will talk about his artistic journey into film and how he plays with reality and fiction.
Tracie will discuss her films and her work as fundraiser, her collaboration with Women Make Movies, a US distribution company focusing on films made by and about women, and the challenges women are still facing nowadays in the industry.
Join us for an evening of Scottish short documentaries to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bridging the Gap.
We are thrilled to open our new season of masterclasses in Glasgow and with Alan Berliner, one of America’s most acclaimed independent documentary filmmakers.
The 2013 edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival is going to be busy for us! Check out all our events…
Don’t miss out on the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland and a great networking opportunity.
Want to know more about storytelling, narrative strategies and film structure?
Join us for a masterclass with Arash T. Riahi, award-winning writer, director and producer specialised in fictional and non-fictional dramaturgy. Friday 22 February (2:30-5:30pm)
We’ve finally managed to pin Mark Cousins down from his travels! He will be with us for a masterclass on Friday 26 October.
‘Rabat Stories’ and ‘Tripoli Stories’ are screening at the Africa in Motion Festival 2012! And we are delighted to be co-hosting three events at this year’s festival.
Brenda Davis discusses the ethics of filming with vulnerable people and social activist filmmaking.
An extended masterclass with the co-director and co-writer of Surviving Progress – Harold Crooks on Friday 21 September 14:00. How do you write a documentary? What makes a compelling argument on paper, a “rivetting” film? Entry free
- Date: 05/28/2012 Time: 14:00
How would you like a co-director credit for a feature length documentary that will tour Scotland and play in cinemas? Or the chance to win cash awards of up to £2500? Find out more: come along to a unique filmmaker only session at ECA on Monday the 28th of May at 2pm.
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- Date: 06/19/2012 Time: 09:30
Observer passes are now available for the Edinburgh Pitch, the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland. Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries will be pitching their project in front of an international panel.
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- Date: 11/02/2011 Time: 23:20
Adrian McDowall and Finlay Pretsell’s Cutting Loose will screen on BBC2 Scotland on the 2nd November 2011 at 11.20pm. Hairdressers poised, scissors at the ready, clients in place. Cutting begins. The salon looks familiar enough; busy chatter rising above the chopping and blow-drying, but the hairdressers all have something in …
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- Date: 11/12/2011 Time: 11:00
We’re delighted to have our latest Bridging the Gap: Shift shorts screening as part of the 9th Inverness Film Festival! Sam Firth’s The Worm Inside, Amy Rose’s Twinset (BTG Surprise) and Caretaker for the Lord by Jane McAllister are also part of the programme.
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- Pirates compete on quality, price, and availabilityThis summer, Scottish Documentary Institute used downloadable copies of I AM BREATHING for its theatrical Global Screening Day free from digital rights management (DRM) – and with no noticeable piracy or impact. In the first of a series of articles looking at some of the myths, challenges and opportunities around digital distribution, Nic Wistreich questions […]
- The Grandfather of the Fantasy Coffin TradeBenjamin Wigley tells us about his journey from discovering Bridging the Gap to his first feature documentary celebrating master craftsman and fantasy coffin pioneer, Paa Joe – and how we all can help him finish the film. Prior to the Bridging The Gap programme, I had made In Search of the Vissarion, following a Siberian community convinced that their leader […]
- Documentaries – Our HumanitiesOnce upon a time, Thierry Garrel was the most wanted man in the documentary world. Not just because being Head of Documentaries at ARTE France meant great budgets and quality audience but because filmmakers felt part of a documentary movement with a vision led by two passionate man, one Thierry at ARTE, the other one Alan Fountain, senior commissioning edito […]
- A great opportunity for non-financial valuationMichael Franklin is a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity and an industry consultant at Film Business Research. He wrote this response to Sonja Henrici's proposal of a 'Triple Bottom Line in Film?' Sonja Henrici started a really interesting debate proposing a Triple Bottom Line in Film (TBL). The concept as I un […]