Scottish Documentary Institute Connecting Stories Programme 2021

Scottish Documentary Institute Connecting Stories Programme 2021

Deadline: March 22, 2021

Applications are open for the Scottish Documentary Institute Connecting Stories Programme 2021. The Connecting Stories is a 9-month programme for documentary filmmakers developing their first or second feature film, from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

It combines seminars exploring various aspects of the industry, including the development and the production of feature films, individual mentorship sessions, and masterclasses with international key players in the current documentary landscape.

Progamme Details

Having delivered their Stories workshops over 10 years, working with over 170 participants, from 9 countries, they have developed Connecting Stories as an opportunity to help Stories alumni and others to take their documentary practice to a new level. In the process they will establish and host a peer-network of participants and their international speakers and mentors, bringing documentary filmmakers from across the world, with diverse experience, to share and learn from each other. 

Up to 12 participants will be selected to take part in various online activities (group seminars, individual mentorship, industry events) designed to help them grow their knowledge of the industry, their confidence to navigate the international scene, to work with co-producers and to put together the right material to pitch their projects and apply for funding.


  • Open to documentary filmmakers who have already directed one or two short films, which screened in festivals or had a broadcast on TV.
  • Alumni of Stories workshops or other international labs are encouraged to apply. 


The applications deadline is March 22, 2021. Successful applicants will be informed by the start of April 2021. Programme runs from April 2021 to January 2022 with monthly seminars and mentoring sessions.

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For more information, see guidelines and visit Connecting Stories.