We regularly invite UK and international filmmakers and speakers to talk about documentary and their craft. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming events. Many events are recorded and you can watch highlights from our masterclasses online.
Bridging the Gap is Scotland’s flagship short documentary film scheme for new talent and every year, the initiative provides training and mentorship as well as an £8k budget to get your film made. For this new season (the 13th!), SDI team will hit the road this September, hosting workshops across …
We are delighted to be hosting two masterclasses again this year with Take One Action Film Festival.
FRI 18 SEPT: 14:30 to 16:30
ECA, Lecture Theatre 017
FRI 25 SEPT: 14:00 to 16:00
ECA, Cinema Space (above Wee Red Bar, follow signs from Main Entrance)
FREE but places are limited so please RSVP with TakeOneAction directly.
What are the funding models available to documentary today? Joins us at this event to hear the stories our documentary filmmakers have to tell, and what they have gone through to finally get their project made. It might take years to get your projects completed when funding is as issue, …
With the 69th 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, the latest crop of Bridging The Gap films and a Summer Party to celebrate it all, not to mention SDI’s first venture into the fiction world with the UK Premiere of Norfolk, produced by SDI’s own Finlay Pretsell.
We are delighted to welcome Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentaries at The Guardian for a masterclass on Friday 22nd of May 2015 at Edinburgh College of Art.
11:00 – 13:00,
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Don’t miss out on the only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland and a great networking opportunity! Now in its 9th year, The Edinburgh Pitch is running alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival (17-28 June). Independent filmmakers and companies developing and raising finance for creative feature documentaries will pitch their …
Iberodocs 2015 will take place between the 14th and the 24th of May in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The festival showcases Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin- American filmmakers.
This year we are pleased to be presenting a showcase and masterclass with filmmaker Catarina Mourão on Friday 15 May, accompanied by screenings of two of her films and the UK Premiere of her latest film The Wolf’s Lair (A Toca do Lobo).
Filmhouse and Scottish Documentary Intitute are happy to present a free cryptography workshop for emerging and established filmmakers, journalists and students!
This CryptoCLASS workshop is free but places are limited. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and a brief note about yourself and your reasons for attending the workshop.
We are proud to be presenting a workshop with Kevin B. Lee at Glasgow Short Film Festival this year.
We have a limited amount of free tickets available (normally £6).
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Two new shorts from our own Bridging the Gap short film scheme, Directed by Tweedie (Duncan Cowles) & Cailleach (Rosie Reed-Hillman) will be screening on Thursday 12th March at 9:15pm at CCA Glasgow as part of the Scottish Competition.
‘Visualising Voices’ ‘Visualising Voices’ is an evening panel discussion chaired by Roanne Dodds at the National Museum of Scotland which will examine how documentary filmmaking can help people with serious, often terminal illnesses find their own voices and make them heard.
- Date: 3 October 2014
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 …
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- Date: 20 September 2014
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 …
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- Date: 30 June 2014
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 …
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- Date: 18 June 2014
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, …
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- Date: 17 June 2014
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 …
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- Date: 7 March 2014
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 …
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- Date: 20 February 2014
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 …
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- Date: 31 January 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org …
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- Date: 24 January 2014
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 …
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- Finding Normality in Chaos: Libyan StoriesIn 2012, just three months after the death of Gaddafi, the British Council invited Scottish Documentary Institute to Libya to run workshops with young local filmmakers. At the time Tripoli was ravaged by the revolution but the mood was high and positive. In 2013 we planned to return to the region and run the same […]
- Creating a Maieutic Machine - Or the Birthing of Decisionsmaieutic: adjective; "of or relating to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning";from Greek maieutikós, "skilled in midwifery" "The less we know, the more we believe in science," says Paolo Quattrone, Professor of Accounting, Governance and Social Innovation in Edinburgh. […]
- Numbers don't speak for themselvesJourneying into ideas about accounting and governance "The unknown and the unknowable" — sounds like documentary making. But I'm talking about accounting. Last year, almost by fluke, but not by coincidence, I joined the Human Business Group at University of Edinburgh, established by Professor Paolo Quattrone (@PaoloQuattrone) - the University's new Chair in Accounting, Governance […]
- NAE PASARAN - Kickstarter CampaignWe’re just over half way through our very first Kickstarter campaign for feature-length documentary Nae Pasaran. The film began life as a Bridging the Gap in 2013, directed by Felipe Bustos Sierra and screened to great acclaim in festivals worldwide. Ultimately, it opened the doors to a much bigger story, one that takes us from Scotland to […]