After five years working for film festivals (Edinburgh, Emden), Sonja joined SDI in 2004 at its inception and has been integral to the organisation’s development ever since, becoming co-exec producer of Bridging the Gap and many award-winning short documentaries, running the Interdoc programme, producing feature documentaries and investigating new business models and outreach campaigns through the Virtuous Circle initiative (2011-14). Co-founder of SDI Productions Ltd (2007), an active member of IPS (Independent Producers Scotland) and keen to improve opportunities and funds for filmmakers. In 2017 she completed two films, Donkeyote by Chico Pereira, which was a festival hit and won EIFF’s Best Documentary Award, and Time Trial, the debut feature by Finlay Pretsell, which launched in competition at IDFA and many other festivals. She is Exec Producer of multiple features by debut directors, such as Paul Fegan’s Where You’re Meant to Be (2016), Freedom Fields (2018) by Naziha Arebi, and the Scottish audience favourite Nae Pasaran (2018) by Felipe Bustos Sierra, released in 2018. She has also written some fiction.