New Voices is a six-month mentoring and professional development programme for women and non-binary filmmakers based in Scotland, who aspire to become documentary directors and/or producers. 

This free programme is a mix of workshops, career coaching and business sessions, designed to grow your knowledge of the documentary industry and expand your network, while exploring career expectations, any issues affecting confidence and practical issues such as childcare and finances. For the foreseeable future these will be delivered online (via Zoom), although there may be an opportunity to meet in Edinburgh later on. Travel and childcare bursaries will be available for participants.

Special event: Sign up for our Zoom chat with filmmaker Dionne Walker, 11th August 2020

If you meet the diversity criteria and have some documentaries you’ve already made that you can show us – perhaps a short documentary (under 30 minutes), or micro film/films that have been on platforms such as BBC Social or your own YouTube or Vimeo channels then please read the guidance for more information, including how to make your application.  

If you are working on a feature documentary, please refer to the guidance to see the list of workshops and sessions and whether this is the type of support and learning you feel you need.  

We are very keen to have diversity within our New Voices participants, and strongly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic female, trans women and non binary filmmakers.  

Contact us at with any questions.  

Watch a short overview of the programme:

This opportunity has been set up as part of our 50:50+ women direct campaign

New Voices is funded by City of Edinburgh Council, The Gannochy Trust, The Britford Bridge Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Screen Scotland and ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. 

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. 



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