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IDFA Bursaries Available to Scottish Filmmakers

Applications open IDFA Bursaries for Scottish filmmakers.

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This is Scotland Docs air on STV this October

Two documentaries developed through our This is Scotland initiative will air on STV this October.

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Where You’re Meant to Be to premiere at Chicago Fest

Paul Fegan's Where You're Meant to Be will have North American Premiere at Chicago Film Festival

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New Partners as Bridging the Gap goes UK-wide

Screen Agencies and Nowness support Bridging the Gap Rebellion

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Masterclass: Tom Fassaert

We are delighted to be presenting this free Masterclass in association with Scottish Mental Health Film Festival and Luminate. Hear from award-winning Dutch director Tom Fassaert on the rewards and challenges of personal filmmaking. Tom’s most recent documentary, A Family Affair , is a “haunting exposé of familial love gone awry” (Sheffield Doc/Fest). The film […]

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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.

Here's a round-up of all our Rebel Doc of the Day posts from the past couple weeks! Compiled by a mix of SDI staff, Bridging the Gap alumni and top industry experts we think we might have compiled the ultimate list of 'rebellious' documentaries and documentarians! 

Posted: September 25, 2016, 11:31 am

We are very excited indeed that Thierry Garrel will be joining us to tutor our Bridging The Gap Development Workshop in October.

At the age of just twenty years old, Thierry joined the national French TV and radio broadcasting agency, ORTF, before going on to become Head of the Documentary and Junior Authors Division at the 'Institut National de l’Audiovisuel' (INA). From 1987 until 2008, he was the Head of the Documentary Film Department of La Sept and ARTE France, European cultural channel. While in this position, he developed many highly remarked programs and the renowned “GRAND FORMAT” collection which has coproduced and aired over 200 international award-winning feature length documentaries.  

He now works as a Consultant, leading international seminars and workshops which focus on mentoring young documentary creators and professionals.

Read Thierry's reflections on the documentary filmmaker's duty to rebel!


Posted: September 22, 2016, 10:41 am

Rebellion in documentary is about bearing witness not retribution.

This summer I have been back in the editing room, trying to make sense of the material I have been shooting in the Bijagos archipelago off the West coast of Africa, over the last 4 years.

Having closely studied their history I have learnt that they are many different ways of rebelling and how we define acts of ‘rebellion’ is not always obvious. 


(Still from Noe Mendelle's forthcoming film shot in the Bijagos)





Posted: September 18, 2016, 10:00 am

It’s that time of year again… Tomorrow the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival kicks off and we’re very pleased to see so many friends and colleagues in the line-up! With such a massive selection of fantastic films and events to pick from we thought we’d help all you Scottish doc-heads out by giving you a quick round-up of everything that we’re up to at this year’s festival:

Posted: June 14, 2016, 3:26 pm