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.

A third season of This is Scotland has been confirmed and we are looking for projects exploring contemporary, topical and character-driven stories in Scotland. Filmmakers who have directed at least two short films, broadcast or publicly screened in festivals are eligible to apply.

Applications to This Is Scotland are now closed. Six to eight projects will be pre-selected to be developed and honed further through individual consultancies. Among these projects, two will be commissioned and produced through SDI and transmitted in early 2018 on STV.

For any further question, 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.

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


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