SDI Productions Ltd. was set up in 2007 as the production arm of Scottish Documentary Institute. We are one of the leading independent companies for creative documentary in the UK. We have an international outlook for subjects, talent and partners. 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.
Most recently we launched TIME TRIAL (82’) by Finlay Pretsell in Main Competition at IDFA 2017, a film with Scottish road cyclist David Millar. In 2017 DONKEYOTE, by Chico Pereira in co-production with Sutor Kolonko (Germany) 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 produced the fiction feature NORFOLK by Martin Radich, an iFeatures (BFI/BBC Films, Creative England), world premiere in competition at Rotterdam 2015.
Other upcoming films include: BECOMING ANIMAL co-directed by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, in co-production with maximage, Switzerland; DOM by award-winning animators Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson; and THE SACRED KINGDOM OF THE BIJAGOS by Noe Mendelle.
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 (2018)