We grow films. Established in 2004 by Noe Mendelle to nurture documentary filmmakers and audiences in Scotland and beyond, SDI specialises in documentary training, production and distribution, supporting filmmakers through its diverse programme of international activities and high quality training programmes.
Based at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, SDI has produced over a hundred films, screening in sixty countries worldwide, garnering international recognition as being at the cutting edge of the documentary sector. Bridging art and industry, SDI is committed to supporting authored films driven by content and emotional experience.
SDI comprises two entities, SDI Outreach and SDI Productions. SDI Outreach, is a non-profit organisation, delivering a ladder of development opportunities to benefit all Scottish filmmakers and producers, in addition to running Scottish delegations, in collaboration with Creative Scotland. Discover more about SDI training opportunities.
SDI Productions was set up in 2007 as the feature production arm of the Scottish Documentary Institute and is now one of the leading independent production companies for creative documentary in Scotland. Check out our completed films and hear about upcoming projects.