This is Scotland is a talent initiative run in association with Creative Scotland and STV that offers Scotland based filmmakers a unique opportunity to work with SDI to create a 22-minute creative documentary for primetime broadcast on STV.

Applications to This Is Scotland are now closed. Six to eight projects have been pre-selected and developed further through individual consultancies. Among these projects, two have been commissioned, will be produced by SDI, and aired on STV.

For any further questions, please email

Launched in 2014, the first two films developed through the initiative My New Hair directed by Ruth Carslaw, and Lost in Transition directed by Jack Warrender aired on primetime TV in February 2015. Both were critically well-received and My New Hair was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. The selected films for 2015 Are you Dancing? by Paul Fegan and Black Rat Island by Iain Mitchell screened in October 2016.

Scottish Documentary Institute is committed to offering clear and accessible application processes open to everyone. On request this information is available in alternative formats. We offer access support to disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests and our team can offer advice to new applicants and support them to make an application. 

This is Scotland is supported by Creative Scotland, STV and the University of Edinburgh.


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