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SDI in Pakistan for STORIES

Noe is in Pakistan for STORIES Workshop

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Scottish Representation at Sheffield DocFest 2022

Strong Scottish delegation heading to Sheffield DocFest

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Edinburgh Pitch 2022 Selected Projects Announced

It's celebration time for Ed Pitch!

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Honourable Mention Award for Prosopagnosia

Prosopagnosia gets an honourable mention at RiverRun

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A Masterclass with Mike Lerner

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 films off the ground? How […]

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SCREENING & live Q&A – CPH:DOX Opening Film: 1989

We are delighted to be hosting a screening of '1989' in Edinburgh College of Art. A new documentary from the director of Burma VJ.

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Being Human Festival: Visualising Voices

‘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.

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GSFF: Kevin B Lee – Desktop Documentary 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). Please email to claim free ticket.

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Blog Archive - Scottish Documentary Institute

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