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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.

In 2013, SDI Productions ventured into new territories: producer Finlay Pretsell was greenlit by iFeatures (BFI/BBC Films, Creative England) to produce the fiction feature Norfolk – written and directed by Martin Radich, a long standing SDI collaborator, which launched in competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015.  Our other upcoming films include: The Singing Hospice for BBC, in co-production with Hard Working Movies (USA); Donkeyote, a new film in co-production with Sutor Kolonko (Germany), as well as the ambitious feature debut, David Millar Project, currently in production.

Our catalogue includes the documentary features Future My Love (Maja Borg, 2012, UK/Sweden), I Am Breathing (Emma Davie & Morag McKinnon, 2012, UK/Denmark), Pablo’s Winter (Chico Pereira, 2012, UK/Spain), The New Ten Commandments (Various, 2009, 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.


Norfolk (2015)
I Am Breathing (2013)
Future My Love (2012)
Pablo’s Winter (2012)
The New Ten Commandments (2008)

In Development/Production:

David Millar Project
The Singing Hospice
Freedom Fields
Nae Pasaran
The Secret Kingdom of Bijagos

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