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 were inviting Scotland and Northern Ireland based filmmakers to respond to the theme LOVE.

The selected filmmakers come from across the UK. The diverse group consists of Isa Rao, Carina Haouchine, Alex Harron and Lea Luiz de Oliveira from Scotland and Dianne Lucille Campbell from Northern Ireland.

The commissioned films have a cash budget of up to £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 and will receive a world premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival.


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.



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