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SDI welcomes Trustee applications for Board

SDI is looking to expand its Board of Trustees. If you are interested in getting involved behind the scenes and shaping the future of SDI, please get in touch.

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SDI 50/50+ ambassadors announced

We're thrilled to announce two new ambassadors to SDI.

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Revolutionary filmmaking: Madonna Adib on Let My Body Speak

Madonna Adib on the development of her latest film, Let My Body Speak.

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Bridging the Gap 2021 longlist announced

Details of the filmmakers we'll be working with in the coming months.

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In Person: Screen Scotland

This year has seen a refresh in the way Screen Scotland approaches film and TV, including the development of a new strategy to support unscripted productions. Join us as we welcome members of the Screen Scotland Unscripted team – Dani Carlaw, Head of Unscripted and Mark Thomas, Screen Officer – to discuss their approach to […]

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SDI Coffee Morning: Planning your training for 2021

Whether you’re just getting into filmmaking or have years of experience, it’s never been more important to keep up-to-date on the latest developments and trends taking place within the profession. Flore Cosquer, our Head of Talent Development, will lead a discussion with some special guests on some of the key skills required by today’s documentary […]

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Christmas networking drinks

Grab some mulled wine, warm your mince pies, and join the SDI team from the comfort of your own home for a virtual festive get together! Catch-up with fellow filmmakers, discuss your plans for Christmas and look ahead to 2021. Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

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Blog Archive - Scottish Documentary Institute

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