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Bridging the Gap 2021 longlist announced

Details of the filmmakers we'll be working with in the coming months.

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Applications open for IDFA 2020 delegation

We have ten passes for the virtual IDFA Festival 2020.

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Natalia Kouneli on the making of Silent Laughs

Watch Natalia Kouneli's 2016 short, Silent Laughs,

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Call Open for Bridging the Gap: Mobile

Emerging filmmakers are invited to propose short docs responding to the theme MOBILE.

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Africa in Motion: Toni Kamau – Producer Masterclass

Join Africa in Motion and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) for a masterclass from Kenyan documentary producer Toni Kamau. Toni is the youngest female African documentary producer to be invited as a member of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – Documentary Branch, class of 2020. As a creative producer, director and founder […]

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Africa in Motion: Katy Lena Ndiaye – Documentary Masterclass

Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) and Africa in Motion present a documentary filmmaking masterclass from Senegalese-French director Katy Léna Ndiaye. Katy graduated from the Superior Institute for Social and Communication Studies (IHECS) in Brussels, obtaining a Master in Press and Information. She began as a journalist for press organizations in Belgium, before gradually entering the African […]

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Scottish Documentary Blog

With this blog we want to share our reflections and questions about creative documentary practice. We will invite guest bloggers from time to time and really welcome comments on our articles.

Toronto's Hot Docs festival kicks off this week and, as ever, the programme is looking well... HOT! We're delighted to see that lots of exciting Scottish projects have made the cut! From features to shorts to industry events; Scotland is well represented by an eclectic mix of programming. Take a look!


Posted: April 22, 2019, 1:28 pm

The IDFA 2018 programme is now live and there is so much to dig your teeth into! Here's a quick round up of all the Scottish films that will be screening at the festival. 

Heads up! Tickets are already available to book for Guests and Friends and the general ticket sale begins on Thursday November 1st.

Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal

Posted: October 30, 2018, 12:54 pm

Rebecca Day recently attended the Getting Real conference in Los Angeles, run by the folks at the International Documentary Association. It’s a three-day event filled with international filmmakers, inspiring keynotes, presentations, workshops, and vital conversations around the most urgent issues facing the documentary community today.

As in past years, the main focus was the ever-increasing question of sustainability within the industry. This year transparency and creativity were added to the conversation, which made it the perfect environment to launch a much-needed discussion around the more vulnerable aspects of making documentaries. Rebecca went over there to host a panel discussion titled ‘Therapeutic Interventions in Documentaries’. Here she tells us a little more about how her work as a producer is merging with her new focus on mental health in the documentary sphere.

Posted: October 10, 2018, 10:12 am

As you may have heard, SDI's latest offering Freedom Fields is to have its World Premiere this Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival!

The film is the first feature from British/Libyan director Naziha Arebi, making it also the first feature documentary made by a Libyan female director! 

Here's a quick shout out to all the Arab films making waves and heading to TIFF this week!

Posted: September 5, 2018, 4:52 pm