sdi-productions-future-my-love

SDI is committed to supporting authored films driven by strong storytelling.

Discover SDI films
2 (1)

SDI is proud to call Scotland its home and to support the thriving documentary scene here.

Learn more about SDI
BTG RED

SDI training initiatives have supported films that have won awards and played at festivals worldwide.

Learn about SDI opportunities
sdi-team

SDI is run by a small but dedicated team of staff passionate about creative documentary.

Meet the SDI Team
Donkey

SDI is a hub for filmmakers, with an international reputation for producing innovative and creative documentary.

Learn more about SDI

Time Trial Headed For UK Cinemas!

Finlay Pretsell’s feature documentary TIME TRIAL to be released this Summer!

Read more

Stories for International Women’s Day!

48 hours to watch short docs from female Syrian filmmakers!

Read more

SDI at CPH:DOX 2018

Not one but TWO SDI films at major doc festival!

Read more

The Edinburgh Pitch is Open for Applications!

The only international documentary pitching forum in Scotland is entering its 12th year!

Read more

15 Years of Scottish Documentary Institute

Bridging the Gap celebrates its 15th year! Every year we commission up to 6 new filmmakers from all over Scotland, and the UK to make short documentaries on a range of topics. This specially curated collection for Hidden Door Festival. showcases the freshest talent from these shores.

Read more

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.

This is the final instalment of our guest blog from filmmaker Karen Guthrie, we hope you've found it enlightening! The self-distribution journey can be a challenging one but as Karen has pointed out the opportunities it affords can take you places you never expected. If more people taking distribution into their own hands means more great documentaries like The Closer We Get out there it can only be a good thing!

Karen_with_mic2_FI.jpg

Posted: February 22, 2018, 12:17 pm

In the penultimate instalment of the guest blog Karen Guthrie recalls her experiences of taking The Closer We Get to audiences far and wide. The preparation, the travel, the money (or lack thereof) and the unexpected moments that make it all worth while!

Karen_with_mic_FI.jpg

Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:24 pm

In the second instalment of the blog Karen discusses the highs and lows she traversed after her film, The Closer We Get, moved on from the festival circuit. From distribution woes to the surprising benefits of crowdfunding Karen has great advice for all you indie doc-makers out there!

Outreach1_Featured_Image.jpg

Posted: December 20, 2017, 5:45 pm

Karen Guthrie’s The Closer We Get won Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs in 2015. Karen is writing this blog for SDI to provide an insight into elements of her filmmaking practice. However, it’s not the artistic side of things that this blog will focus on, but the arguably less glamorous, murky world of outreach and distribution. In this first edition of the blog, Karen describes how she was thrown, ill-prepared into that world, after she received an unexpected international phone call....

KGFeatured_Image.jpg

Posted: November 29, 2017, 10:00 am