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 RED.
Now in its 16th 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 Sunday 23rd September 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 to take notice. We are looking for RED hot stories, tackling the complexity of all that the colour evokes. 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! Red relates to so many things, it has more personal associations than any other colour. Physically it increases enthusiasm, stimulates energy, encourages confidence, and is inherently exciting. All we ask is that your ideas are expansive and original rather than reductive and stereotypical. We look for strong narrative/stories led by characters able to awake our curiosity of the world, able to bring new understanding of whom we are as human beings.
Pablo Picasso once said: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”. Everything Picasso did in his paintings can be applied to documentary. He went beyond making portraits in order to use the power of evocation and capture the spirit of the moment. That is why Picasso is a great anthem to simplicity and storytelling. It is beautifully captured in one of his paintings “Woman in Red Armchair” currently exhibited at the Tate.
While the call is live, workshops will take place in Glasgow, Belfast 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.
Wednesday 5th September:
Film City Glasgow – Inspiration Workshop – 5.30pm
This workshop is in collaboration with UWS Creative Media Academy
Friday 7th September:
Edinburgh College of Art – Inspiration Workshop – 6pm
Up to five projects will be commissioned with the possibility of a cash budget of £8000 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!