Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives in the UK, offering intensive training and commission opportunities to emerging filmmakers. The programme helps the filmmakers to develop their 10-minute documentary projects and allows them the chance to work closely with industry professionals and SDI over a period of nine months.

The films produced to date have enabled the filmmakers to take successful first steps in the industry, picking up awards, BAFTAs, special mentions and festival screenings in 60 countries world-wide.

This year, we are inviting Scotland and Northern Ireland based filmmakers to respond to the theme of RED.

The call for applications in NOW OPEN and will close at 23:59 on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Up to 12 ideas will be short-listed for development and 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.

Please read the Guidelines in full before applying: BTG RED Information & Guidelines

While the call is live, Inspiration 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

Thursday 6th September: 
HUB, the Mac, Belfast
Inspiration Workshop – 4pm
Bridging the Gap Screening – 5.30pm
In collaboration with Northern Ireland screen

Friday 7th September:
Edinburgh College of Art – Inspiration Workshop – 6pm

Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application. 

Contact us on or 0131 651 5760

Bridging the Gap is supported by Creative Scotland, Northern Ireland Screen and the University of Edinburgh.


Applications Now Open!

Applications are now OPEN and will close on September 23rd.


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