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BTG 7: Surprise Shortlist Announced

A surprising selection of short films ideas!

Scottish Documentary Institute is delighted to announce the 12 filmmakers selected for this year's Bridging the Gap Production Scheme, who come from different corners in the UK. The ideas, (of which over 125 were submitted around the theme of "Surprise") will now be developed in intense training workshops over the next 3 months and pitched for commissioning in March. Stories range from a blind photographer, a ghost story, a surprising family discovery, to a gated community called Surprise in Arizona.

Amy Rose, Edinburgh                  Twinset

Benjamin Wigley, Nottingham    PS Your Mystery Sender

Derville Quigley, Belfast             No Toes

Emma Barnie,  London               Switched Off

Eric Robinson, Edinburgh            Remembering Yellow

Holly Elson, Stratford                 Letter to my Father

Ilinca Calugareanu, Manchester   Rosha-Mura

Jonathan Carr,  Glasgow              Get Luder

Michelle Coomber, London            Lost Every Day

Rana Ayoub, Edinburgh                On Off

Sam Firth, Mallaig                        Surprise! Your Body is Eating Itself

Tim Travers Hawkins, Canterbury   Surprise AZ

Now in its seventh year, Bridging the Gap is funded by Scottish Screen's National Lottery fund and Skillset, through the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future, BBC Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise as well as generous in-kind support from Edinburgh College of Art (eca), home of Scottish Documentary Institute.

Consistently picking up awards, Baftas, special mentions and festival screenings in over 40 countries worldwide, Bridging the Gap is one of the leading documentary new talent initiatives for cinema in the UK. It offers an intense creative training programme alongside production and the chance for a transmission on BBC Scotland. This year seven short documentaries with a budget of up to £16K each (8K cash, 8K in-kind).

The first of 8 public masterclasses in the new year will kick off on Fri 22 January 2010 with award-winning Swiss filmmaker Peter Liechti   (The Sound of Insects - Portrait of a Mummy)

Last year's theme, ‘Future' proved to be very successful, with one of the films, ‘Peter in Radioland' picking up Best Short Scottish Documentary at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. You can also watch our films and clips here.

However, if you require any further information, please contact us at scottishdocumentaryinstitute@eca.ac.uk, 0131 221 6116 or email us through the website.