What do a Brutalist architect, a secretive grand-father, Paul Smith, the absence of an inner compass, worms, Arizona and a twinset all have in common?

They all appear in the selected projects for this year’s Bridging the Gap Production Scheme on the theme of Surprise. After 3 highly formative workshops and some hard work, it was a tough choice to whittle the 11 strong projects to only 7 that will be made.

We are delighted to announce the selected filmmakers:

Jonathan Carr – Rubble
Michelle Coomber – Lost Every Day
Holly Elson – The Tie That Binds
Sam Firth – The Worm Inside
Tim Travers Hawkins – Surpriseville
Amy Rose – Twinset
Benjamin Wigley – PS Your Mystery Sender

These surprises will be discovered in July 2010.

But meanwhile our two last public masterclasses will take place in April and May (dates TBC)

Bridging the Gap is funded by Scottish Screen’s National Lottery fund and Skillset, through the Skillset Film Skills Fund, BBC Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise as well as generous in-kind support from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), home of Scottish Documentary Institute.

Consistently picking up awards, BAFTA’s, special mentions and festival screenings in over 40 countries worldwide, Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives for cinema in the UK. It offers an intense creative training programme alongside production and the chance for a transmission on BBC Scotland. This year seven short documentaries with a budget of up to £16K each (8K cash, 8K in-kind).

Last year’s theme, ‘Future’ proved to be very successful, with one of the films, ‘Peter in Radioland’ picking up Best Short Scottish Documentary at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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