Following a programme of intensive workshops with industry figures such as Thierry Garrel, Daniel Saltzwedel (Dox Consulting) and Mila Turajlic (The Other Side of Everything) and a competitive pitching process, five filmmakers have been commissioned through this year’s Bridging the Gap programme.
The selected filmmakers come from across the UK. The diverse group consists of Bircan Birol, Hannah Currie, Inma de Reyes and Eoin Wilson from Scotland and Ross McClean from Northern Ireland.
One of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, Bridging the Gap helps selected filmmakers develop their 10-minute documentary by allowing them to work closely with leading international industry professionals and SDI over a nine month period. Each film receives a cash budget of up to £8k each, along with further hands-on training throughout the editing and distribution process. What’s more, the commissioned films receive a world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Filmmakers should, as ever, keep an eye on the SDI website for the next round of Bridging the Gap, for which the theme will be announced during the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019.