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New Voices mentoring programme launched

Today sees the launch of New Voices, our online mentoring programme.

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Scottish documentarians invited to join the Academy

Some familiar names will be joing the Academy.

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Edinburgh Pitch 2020 a success!

The first Edinburgh Pitch Online took place last week.

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First three Right Here films on BBC Scotland

The first Right Here films are currently being broadcast on the BBC Scotland channel.

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Coffee Morning: Black voices in documentary with Vanessa Kanbi and Stewart Kyasimire

What does it mean to be a Black content producer in Scotland? Join Carmen Thompson in conversation with Vanessa Kanbi and Stewart Kyasimire as we hear about their experiences and consider what can be done to increase opportunities for Black filmmakers. Vanessa Kanbi is a Scottish Ghanaian filmmaker, podcaster and presenter who has a passion […]

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Coffee Morning: How to create a pitch deck with Jasmin Morrison

Pitching is a core part of being a filmmaker. Whether pitching to directors, producers, distributors or investors a pitch deck is the first asset you will be using to introduce your project. In this session, Jasmin Morrison will be covering what a pitch deck is, what to include when creating your pitch deck as well […]

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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