We are thrilled to open the call for this year’s Bridging the Gap, inviting emerging filmmakers to propose their short documentaries responding to the theme LOVE.
Now in its 15th year, we are pleased that, with support from Creative Scotland and NI Screen, our acclaimed initiative will this year be open to early-career filmmakers across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The call for applications opens today and will close five weeks later on Thursday 5th October with the commissioned films premiering at Edinburgh International Film Festival next June.
Bridging the Gap is, as ever, an opportunity to be bold, ambitious and provocative. We want to discover stories and characters that demand commissioners and audiences take notice. This year’s theme of LOVE is a challenge for applicants to define and redefine love through ideas, characters and stories. We want you to surprise us with submissions that embrace the scope of the theme and subvert expectations in terms of form and content.
There is no right and wrong, when it comes to Love. Fifty years ago, Love became a countercultural movement, during the Summer of Love. What will Love become in 2018? Whether your proposal relates to romantic/erotic/platonic love or to heroic acts from a character demonstrating love in action, or any of the limitless ways you could define Love, all we ask is that your ideas are expansive and original rather than reductive and stereotypical. We want to know how Love is manifest in the world now. What is Love in action? Is Love constant or has it changed and adapted over time?
There are millions of songs, films, book, and artworks about Love. Love has always been hard to pin down and define, and that is why we have chosen it as a theme for this year’s Bridging the Gap. We want to give you the best jumping off point and for you to surprise us with where you end up.
While the call is live, workshops will take place in Shetland, Glasgow, Belfast, Inverness, Stornoway and Edinburgh. These workshops will explain the aims of the scheme and will provide tips on how to improve your chances of being selected. You will also get the opportunity to pitch your short documentary idea informally and receive feedback.
Up to five projects will be commissioned with the possibility of a cash budget of £8K each (plus in-kind production and distribution support) and further hands-on training, right the way through the editing period. The films are geared for distribution in cinemas and festivals.
Full details on the initiative and how to apply can be found at Bridging the Gap. Good luck!