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

Scottish Delegates Off to IDFA 2018

Scotland to be well represented at world-leading documentary festival!

Read more

Nae Pasaran Wins Big at BAFTA Scotland!

From Bridging the Gap short to award-winning feature!

Read more

BIFA Nominations Announced

Nomination nods for Nae Pasaran and Time Trial

Read more

Bridging the Gap Projects Selected for Development

Twelve projects selected for our short doc development scheme.

Read more

Documentary Masterclass – Steven Eastwood

We are delighted to announce Scottish Documentary Institute have teamed up with Hakawati to present this masterclass with filmmaker and artist Steven Eastwood. Steven Eastwood’s two features Island (LFF,Rotterdam 2017/2018) and Buried Land (Tribeca, Moscow and Mumbai Film Festivals in 2010) have screened internationally, and Those who are Jesus was nominated for a Grierson Award back in […]

Read more

Documentary Masterclass: Sara Fattahi

Scottish Documentary Institute is delighted to co-host this masterclass with Document Film Festival. We’re joined by Sara Fattahi, director of Chaos – the second film in a trilogy that centres the experiences of women and their relationship to conflict, exile and trauma. Fattahi’s first feature length documentary Coma (2015) was granted the Regard Neuf Award for the Best First […]

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.

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

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