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Donkeyote Let Loose!

Chico Pereira's festival favourite is now available on iTunes in the UK!

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Our International Women’s Day Heroes

Our Director Noé reflects on her recent work with Palestinian and Yemeni woman filmmakers.

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#BalanceforBetter this International Women’s Day

Celebrate with short films!

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This Is Scotland is Back!

Look out for two new docs screening on STV in March!

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Documentary Masterclass: Ana Schulz

Scottish Documentary Institute and Cinemaattic welcome filmmaker and photographer Ana Schulz, co-director of the Locarno-premiered Mudar la Piel (The Spy Within) to present the process behind making a film that pushes the boundaries of non-fiction, navigating between being a family portrait, a classic spy film and a political thriller. The Spy Within (Ana Schulz & […]

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Documentary Masterclass: the Amber Collective

Founded in 1968, the Amber Collective have been documenting working-class experience in Newcastle and wider Tyneside for over five decades. Comprising documentary film, fiction film, photography and more, Amber’s work represents one of the single greatest achievements of British cinema – a sustained engagement and commitment to marginalised communities that is full of integrity, poetry […]

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Documentary Masterclass: Jorge Laplace

We are delighted to welcome Jorge Laplace for a Masterclass hosted by Iberodocs and Scottish Documentary Institute. Jorge Laplace (1981, Jerez, Spain) is an award-winning film screenwriter & director, two-time Goya nominee (Spain’s main national annual film awards) for ’30 Years of Darkness’ and ‘Alfred & Anna’. His last film ’23 Shots’ has received wide […]

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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