It’s that time of year again and the Scottish Documentary Institute have announced Bridging the Gap 8. The scheme aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first broadcast and those filmmakers (not students) who have not made films for the big screen. They’re looking for proposals from Scottish based filmmakers to make ten minute documentaries on the theme of SHIFT. They encourage filmmakers to reflect on the theme through Scottish stories and are looking for strong visual ideas with cinematic scope. The films are intended for distribution in cinemas and festivals and are to be delivered in April 2011.

Bridging the Gap is a safe and experimental space to ease filmmakers into producing films that push the boundaries of documentary. 12 ideas will be short-listed on the basis of the proposal and supporting material and these will be developed and honed through weekend workshops culminating in a final pitch to a panel of experts. 5 of the 12 projects will be commissioned and will receive a cash budget of £8,000 with £8,000 in kind production and post production facilities. Filmmakers will work within a professional context with the support of individual mentors.

SDI are also holding master classes that are open to all filmmakers. Highlights of these are available via on line streaming.

For more details visit docscene where you can join the mailing list.

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