Dr Amy Hardie is a Scottish based documentary director who graduated from the National Film and Television School in 1990 with the BP Expo prize for best student documentary (Kafi’s Story). Her debut feature The Edge of Dreaming was the first Scottish feature documentary to be selected for competition at IDFA in 2009 and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize, Kiev International Film Festival “For the artistry and masterful combination of cinematography varieties in the personal confession of the artist.” It screened in auteur cinema slots on television such as “La Lucarne’, Arte, and VPRO, Netherlands and has been translated into 12 languages. After a science feature, Stem Cell Revolutions which received the Tam Dalyell award for public engagement (2012), she made the innovative Seven Songs for a Long Life (2015), a documentary in Song, which has played at international festivals (including SXSW) and is still touring US.
The Edge of Dreaming was selected for 28 international festival presentations, 280 international screenings. It was Film of the Month in Spain and France; has theatrical distribution in UK (Cinefile) and US (KinoLorber) and Spain, Argentina, Ecuador (Parallel 40). Broadcast in Netherlands, Estonia, France, UK, US, Germany. It has screened in 31 countries. Seven Songs for a Long Life had over 250 international screenings and the director ran over 30 post screening workshops, in 11 countries. The film was selected by 21 film festivals in 10 countries. Her films have won 13 awards.
Amy’s current project with SDI is the HorseMen feature documentary, exploring the brain biology of trauma; the impact horses can have on veterans, and the long route to recovery after losing everything.