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Where You’re Meant To Be to have European Premiere at IDFA 2016

The SDI exec'd, Where You're Meant To Be, to have European Premiere at IDFA!

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Scottish Presence at IDFA 2016

At last, we can announce the names of the forthcoming Scottish Delegation to IDFA.

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SDI at Underwire Festival

SDI's female filmmakers recognised at BAFTA qualifying festival!

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Upcoming 16 Years Til Summer Cinema Release

Lou McLoughlan's complicated story of crime, love and redemption to screen across Scotland.

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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.

“We live in a time where if you make something you’ve got to be able to get it out there yourself,” says filmmaker Paul Fegan, whose first feature, Where You’re Meant to Be, get its European premiere at IDFA on Friday. The film has already done phenomenally well at home and internationally. Paul recently won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer and a Silver Hugo for Best Documentary at the Chicago Film Festival, and the film has been screened more than 150 times at over 60 cinemas.

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Paul Fegan with Iain MacDonald, a crofter from Skye who features in the film. 

Posted: November 16, 2016, 4:17 pm

On October 3rd and 10th, sandwiched between Monday night episodes of Corrie, our 2016 This Is Scotland films were screened on STV. We were delighted and moved by the reactions to the films on social media so we've decided to collect them all up here.

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Posted: October 28, 2016, 12:04 pm

Here's a round-up of all our Rebel Doc of the Day posts from the past couple weeks! Compiled by a mix of SDI staff, Bridging the Gap alumni and top industry experts we think we might have compiled the ultimate list of 'rebellious' documentaries and documentarians! 

Posted: September 25, 2016, 11:31 am

We are very excited indeed that Thierry Garrel will be joining us to tutor our Bridging The Gap Development Workshop in October.

At the age of just twenty years old, Thierry joined the national French TV and radio broadcasting agency, ORTF, before going on to become Head of the Documentary and Junior Authors Division at the 'Institut National de l’Audiovisuel' (INA). From 1987 until 2008, he was the Head of the Documentary Film Department of La Sept and ARTE France, European cultural channel. While in this position, he developed many highly remarked programs and the renowned “GRAND FORMAT” collection which has coproduced and aired over 200 international award-winning feature length documentaries.  

He now works as a Consultant, leading international seminars and workshops which focus on mentoring young documentary creators and professionals.

Read Thierry's reflections on the documentary filmmaker's duty to rebel!

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Posted: September 22, 2016, 10:41 am