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Bridging the Gap

Since 2003 Bridging the Gap is the only documentary new talent initiative for cinema in the UK offering training linked to production.

It is funded by Scottish Screen National Lottery fund, Skillset Film Skills Fund and supported by Edinburgh College of Art and is open to all UK-based filmmakers.

We have an annual themed call for entries from which we select 12 project ideas for a development period in which filmmakers attend a series of training workshops and masterclasses based in Edinburgh.

7 ten-minute documentaries are then commissioned at a pitching session with a budget of 16K (8K cash, 8K in kind), intended for distribution in cinemas and international festivals.

Bridging the Gap 1: Journeys
Bridging the Gap 2: Silence
Bridging the Gap 3: Lies
Bridging the Gap 4: White
Bridging the Gap 5: Home

Our latest films on the theme of home screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2008. "Christmas with Dad" by Conor McCormack won the best short Scottish documentary award. We are now distributing the films to festivals worldwide. Please contact us if you'd like a preview screener.


We are currently preparing for the launch of Bridging the Gap 6 in September 2008, with a deadline in early October. Our theme will be Future.