Atlantic Crossings

It’s a long way from New England, but back in the Olde Worlde the Sheffield Doc/Fest is happening now. Check out their website for a long list of films, pitch sessions and forward-thinking learning opportunities of all stripes.

The Scottish Documentary Institute is premiering some of the documentary shorts from its Bridging the Gap Program at Sheffield. The program provides funding, training and guidance for new Scotland-based filmmakers:

The scheme aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first broadcast by offering the opportunity to work closely with BBC Scotland, and all those filmmakers who have not made documentaries for the big screen.”    

A place-specific mentorship/talent incubation/grants program that receives public funding – neat! And probably very smart for Scottish filmmaking down the line.

For those of us not able to actually cross the ocean, this Friday, November 5th, new Boston screening series Illuminating Visions is holding the next best thing with a Jacques Cousteau Centenary at AdHoc in Jamaica Plain. They’ll be screening 16mm prints from the filmmaker/explorer’s TV series The Undersea Adventures of Jacques Cousteau.

ALSO related from, a new site aiming to encourage interaction in Boston’s experimental film/video/animation community: this article about the new wave of non-traditional film festivals in the UK » 

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