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Call now open for Edinburgh Pitch 2020

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Right Here films to premiere at Glasgow Film Festival

Three new films to premiere in Glasgow.

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Phoebe Cottam on Hold: “We were exposed and fumbling through”

Watch Phoebe Cottam's short, Hold.

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Bridging the Gap 2020 commissions announced

Four new Bridging the Gap films have been commissioned.

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Documentary Masterclass with Rita Maia

Masterclass with curator, record collector, creative director and filmmaker Rita Maia. Best known as an international club DJ and broadcaster, Rita Maia is also a curator, record collector, creative director and filmmaker. She has recently co-directed LISBON BEAT – Batida de Lisboa. The film was selected at IndieLisboa’19 and Sheffield Doc/Fest’19, among other festivals, and will be […]

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‘Understory’ Documentary Screening

Directed by Margarida Cardoso • Portugal 2019 • 81 min • Digital • Portuguese with English Subtitles • Documentary • Certificate: 12 “Understory” by Margarida Cardoso is a personal essay on the coca tree. The film will be introduced by Noe Mendelle, director of SDI. A personal essay on a plant and all its cultural […]

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IberoDocs & Womenbeing Panel Discussion on “Women Taking Risks in Arts”

A stimulating and informative conversation with a selection of talented Scotland based artists, lead by Noe Mendelle, Director of SDI. Speakers: Aimara Reques (Venezuelan-born, Scotland-based producer) Alejandra Bueno (Spanish, member of the cultural association Guerrilla Kulturala and director and creator of the International Feminist Videoart Festival FEM TOUR TRUCK) Camila Cavalcante (Brazilian-born, Scotland-based Visual Artist) Jannica Honey (Swedish-born, Edinburgh-based […]

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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