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Bridging the Gap 2022-23: Meet the Participants

We’re thrilled to finally reveal the 12 participants of the 20th edition of Bridging the Gap! This year we received a high number of applications of an exceptional standard. The shortlisted filmmakers distinguished themselves for the inventiveness of their ideas and their potential in challenging the documentary form. Over the next three months, the participants […]

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BTG: Erica Monde, There’s Not Much We Can Do

We chat to Erica Monde as part of BTG.

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Phenomenal Women – WATCH ONLINE

It’s a wrap for our in-person Phenomenal Women screenings and events! Thank you for attending and taking part in the conversations around mental health, politics and documentary filmmaking. If you attended any of the events, please fill in this brief feedback form. Three of the four films are now available online to watch starting from […]

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BTG: Carla Shah, The Tomorrow That Will Come

BTG filmmaker Carla Shah discusses the filmmaking process

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Being Human Festival: Visualising Voices

‘Visualising Voices’ ‘Visualising Voices’ is an evening panel discussion chaired by Roanne Dodds at the National Museum of Scotland which will examine how documentary filmmaking can help people with serious, often terminal illnesses find their own voices and make them heard.

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GSFF: Kevin B Lee – Desktop Documentary workshop

We are proud to be presenting a workshop with Kevin B. Lee at Glasgow Short Film Festival this year. We have a limited amount of free tickets available (normally £6). Please email to claim free ticket.

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Catarina Mourão

Iberodocs 2015 will take place between the 14th and the 24th of May in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The festival showcases Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin- American filmmakers. This year we are pleased to be presenting a showcase and masterclass with filmmaker Catarina Mourão on Friday 15 May, accompanied by screenings of two of her films and the UK Premiere of her latest film The Wolf’s Lair (A Toca do Lobo).

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A Masterclass with Charlie Phillips

We are delighted to welcome Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries at The Guardian for a masterclass on Friday 22nd of May 2015 at Edinburgh College of Art. 11:00 - 13:00, FREE but RSVP to

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