Film office for Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders

SDI Productions

Company Name
SDI Productions
74 Lauriston Place
Work Phone
0131 651 5874

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. Our outlook is international both in the subjects we choose and the filmmakers and partners we work with. Our speciality is developing new talents and expanding their vision and reach, while exploring the language of filmmaking.

2018 saw the release of TIME TRIAL, the ambitious feature debut by Finlay Pretsell in UK cinemas, the world premiere of BECOMING ANIMAL co-directed by Emma Davie & Peter Mettler, in co-production with maximage, Switzerland, NAE PASARAN by Felipe Bustos Sierra (Debaser Filums) and FREEDOM FIELDS by Naziha Arebi at TIFF and IDFA. In 2017 we launched the award-winning DONKEYOTE, a new film by Chico Pereira in co-production with Sutor Kolonko (Germany) at IFFR (Big Screen Competition).

In 2013, SDI Productions ventured into new territories by producing Martin Radich's fiction feature NORFOLK - an iFeature supported by BFI/BBC Films, Creative England, which launched in competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015. We also released SEVEN SONGS FOR A LONG LIFE (BBC/PBS), the follow up to Amy Hardie’s THE EDGE OF DREAMING, in co-production with Hard Working Movies (USA).

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), The New Ten Commandments (Various, 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 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 Chantal Akerman and Wang Bing.