SDI Productions Ltd. was set up in 2007 as the production arm of Scottish Documentary Institute, in order to nurture filmmakers from shorts to features. We love developing new talents and expanding their vision and reach, while exploring the language of filmmaking. Our films have screened in over 60 countries world wide, winning numerous awards. Currently we are not taking on any new projects as the company will go dormant by the end of 2020.
In 2018 we launched BECOMING ANIMAL, co-directed by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, in co-production with maximage, Switzerland at CPH DOX (Competition) and FREEDOM FIELDS, a film by Naziha Arebi in co-production with HuNa Films, which premiered at TIFF.
In 2017 we launched TIME TRIAL (82’) by Finlay Pretsell in Main Competition at IDFA, a film with Scottish road cyclist David Millar and DONKEYOTE, by Chico Pereira in co-production with Sutor Kolonko (Germany), which started its festival life in Big Screen Competition at Rotterdam and has scooped multiple awards since, including Best Feature Doc at EIFF 2017. SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE (82’), a BBC and YLE commission by Amy Hardie, launched at SxSW and on PBS in USA in 2016. We also produced the fiction feature NORFOLK by Martin Radich, an iFeatures (BFI/BBC Films, Creative England), world premiere in competition at Rotterdam 2015.
Our last release in 2020 will be THE SACRED KINGDOM OF THE BIJAGOS by Noe Mendelle in co-production with LX Filmes, Portugal.
Our catalogue includes the documentary features FUTURE MY LOVE (Maja Borg, 2012, UK/Sweden), I AM BREATHING (Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon, 2013, UK/Denmark), PABLO’S WINTER (Chico Pereira, 2012, UK/Spain), POETS OF PROTEST (6×30′ Aljazeera English), THE NEW TEN COMMANDMENTS (including directors Tilda Swinton & Mark Cousins, Douglas Gordon, Irvine Welsh, 2008, UK) and numerous award-winning shorts, among them the Academy Award shortlisted THE PERFECT FIT and the BAFTA-winning MA BAR. We co-produced THE STATE OF THE WORLD (Various, 2008, Portugal/UK), an omnibus film which premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, directed by prolific directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chantal Akerman and Wang Bing.
The Secret Kingdom of Bijagos (2019)
Nae Pasaran (2018)
Becoming Animal (2018)
Freedom Fields (2018)
Time Trial (2017)
Seven Songs for a Long Life (2015)
I Am Breathing (2013)
Future My Love (2012)
Pablo’s Winter (2012)
New Ten Commandments (2008)