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SDI at CPH:DOX 2018

Not one but TWO SDI films at major doc festival!

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The Edinburgh Pitch is Open for Applications!

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

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Bridging the Gap: Love Commissions Announced

Five filmmakers selected for Bridging the Gap shorts commission.

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Nae Pasaran to close Glasgow Film Festival!

World Premiere of BTG short turned feature

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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.

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!


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!


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....

Posted: November 29, 2017, 10:00 am

With only days to go until the deadline for applications we thought we'd soothe your mind with a quickfire round of FAQs, here we go!


Posted: September 29, 2017, 11:19 am