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Scottish Documentary Institute is launching for the first time year-round submissions of Scottish documentary projects in development (shorts and features) to our Docscene project pool.

From the submissions a number of suitable proposals will be selected to go into a development/ consultation process whereby the filmmaker will be advised on one or more of the following:
- synopsis, proposal, full treatment, trailer
- story development
- financing strategy
- budgeting
- rough-cut (if available)
- festival strategy (for completed projects or rough-cut stage)
- online marketing/financing strategy (any stage)

The projects will then be steered towards forthcoming training programmes or other funding opportunities, depending on theme and scope: *new* Seed Funding, Interdoc, the Edinburgh Pitch and prepared for other submissions to funders, meet markets or pitching forums. The aim is to improve quality of project development and increase the talent pool. 

Selected Scottish projects will qualify for a bursary and receive advice free of charge, thanks to Creative Scotland Lottery funding. They will be listed on as projects in development.

We have a strong team of internal advisers as well as first rate links to UK and international producers & sales & distribution consultants in Europe and North America.

Advising on project submissions on a rolling basis means SDI can encourage more high quality projects year round, facilitate introductions and financing, identify gaps of training and knowledge in order to enhance training provision to Scottish filmmakers and producers of documentary in the long term.

Please read our Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.
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Submissions are now open!

The initiative forms part of the Docscene programme of activities funded by Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (via Screen Hi) and Edinburgh College of Art (eca), home of Scottish Documentary Institute.