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Call Open for Bridging the Gap: Turbulence!

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

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Next Theme for Bridging the Gap Revealed

...drumroll please...

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Celebrate Summer Solstice with Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal is now available for you to screen at your local cinema!

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#EdinPitch Projects & Panellists Announced

Observer tickets now on sale! Discover exciting new documentary projects.

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Documentary Masterclass: Dina Naser

We are delighted to welcome Palestinian Jordanian director and producer Dina Naser to Edinburgh for a Directing Masterclass. In this Masterclass, Dina will explain her career development as a filmmaker, and how to move a story from a short to feature length. Focussing on her recent release Tiny Souls (2019), Dina will explore how to […]

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Documentary Masterclass – Alison McAlpine

Join us for a Masterclass with CIELO director Alison McAlpine CIELO, Alison’s first, and very successful feature documentary premiered at the 55th New York Film Festival 2017, and subsequently screened at several international A-list festivals such as Karlovy Vary IFF, Hot Docs as well as over 50 cinemas across North America including Film Forum, New […]

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Workshop: Documentary Filmmaking with Joanna Reposi Garibaldi

In this unique filmmaker workshop, Chilean director, journalist, visual artist, and teacher, Joanna Reposi Garibaldi, will give an insight into the making of her documentary feature, Lemebel (2019). Joanna uses countless slides and video clips to shape a multi-layered portrait of Pedro Lemebel – a contemporary artist in Pinochet’s dictatorial Chile who was a pioneer of the […]

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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