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We are delighted to be hosting a screening of ‘1989’ in Edinburgh College of Art.
A new documentary from the director of Burma VJ.
We are delighted to welcome Oscar nominated producer Mike Lerner to Edinburgh for a Scottish Documentary Institute masterclass. Mike will share his experience of producing highly successful documentaries such as The Square, Hell and Back Again, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (and many many more). How do you get these …
We are delighted to be hosting two filmmaker masterclasses this year in association with TakeOneAction Film Festival. Both masterclasses are completely free to attend. ARASH T. RIAHI DIRECTOR OF EVERYDAY REBELLION GLASGOW SAT 20 SEP, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) RSVP Everyday Rebellion (screening times at …
In association with the Cameo Cinema we are delighted to be hosting a screening and Q&A of the Sundance winning documentary RETURN TO HOMS. Director Talal Derki and producer Orwa Nyrabia will be in attendance as part of their UK theatrical tour of the film. The Q&A will be hosted by …
SDI/documentary events at EIFF: With the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival kicking off this month, and the exciting programme now on release, we thought we would take the opportunity to list some of the events we are involved in at this year’s festival. We have our annual Edinburgh Pitch, …
Don’t miss out on the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland and a great networking opportunity! Now in its 8th year, The Edinburgh Pitch is running alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival (18-29 June). Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries will pitch their …
Join us for a screening of David Graham Scott‘s latest feature documentary Iboga Nights. After the screening David will be present to answer all your questions, and talk about his process with an extended Q&A. Iboga Nights (a followup to David’s earlier film, Detox or Die) explores the effectiveness of the psychedelic plant …
Join us for a discussion with award winning filmmaking Jessica Oreck at Edinburgh College of Art. Jessica makes projects large and small that instill a sense of wonder and invite viewers to question their relationship with the natural world. Her award-winning first feature-length documentary, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, premiered at SXSW, played …
Join our own Scottish-BAFTA-winning Emma Davie for a screening of her feature documentary I Am Breathing at Edinburgh College of Art. After the screening, Emma will talk about the making of the film and be ready to answer any of your questions. Anyone welcome! FREE but places are limited so please RSVP to email@example.com …
Dutch director Aliona van der Horst has directed four international-award-winning documentaries. Her unique point of view is something that haunts audiences long after they’ve viewed her work. Beautifully crafting films that have been compared to the likes of Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick. Her most recent film Water Children is …
Jeremy Weller will talk about his artistic journey into film and how he plays with reality and fiction.
Tracie will discuss her films and her work as fundraiser, her collaboration with Women Make Movies, a US distribution company focusing on films made by and about women, and the challenges women are still facing nowadays in the industry.
- Date: 22 February 2013
Want to know more about storytelling, narrative strategies and film structure?
Join us for a masterclass with Arash T. Riahi, award-winning writer, director and producer specialised in fictional and non-fictional dramaturgy. Friday 22 February (2:30-5:30pm)
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- Date: 28 May 2012
How would you like a co-director credit for a feature length documentary that will tour Scotland and play in cinemas? Or the chance to win cash awards of up to £2500? Find out more: come along to a unique filmmaker only session at ECA on Monday the 28th of May at 2pm.
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- Venice shouldn't be travelled to aloneDuncan currently works with us at Scottish Documentary Institute having graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art. His graduate film Radio Silence has travelled round a number of festivals and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent award. His earlier film The Lady with the Lamp about his Mother was also shown at festivals before going on […]
- Counting SheepIt's that time of the year again, we're getting ready for Bridging The Gap 2014; our call for applications will open very soon. In the coming weeks we will publish new blog posts from previously participating filmmakers, who will share their personal experiences in the process, and give you tips on how to apply this year. First […]
- Where next for crowdfunding – is staged finance the answer?“Staged financing must become the film business’s immediate goal.” – Ted Hope, September 2013 Over a series of blog posts I’ve been looking at some challenges that film and documentary are dealing with online. In a conclusion to the series looking at what can be done, I explore the limits and opportunities around crowdfunding. Crowdfunding’s […]
- Diaries from an intrepid filmmaker (17)A safe canoe The intrepid filmmakers are coming home When we first got to Bubaque from Bissau, our ferry got lost and took over 12 hours to get us to its destination. Yesterday we heard that this boat had broken down half-way through and people had been stranded without food or water for over 24 […]