Part 4: It Never Gets Boring! - Karen Guthrie Guest Blog

This is the final instalment of our guest blog from filmmaker Karen Guthrie, we hope you've found it enlightening! The self-distribution journey can be a challenging one but as Karen has pointed out the opportunities it affords can take you places you never expected. If more people taking distribution into their own hands means more great documentaries like The Closer We Get out there it can only be a good thing!


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Part 3: Glamour and Graft on the Festival Circuit - Karen Guthrie Guest Blog

In the penultimate instalment of the guest blog Karen Guthrie recalls her experiences of taking The Closer We Get to audiences far and wide. The preparation, the travel, the money (or lack thereof) and the unexpected moments that make it all worth while!


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Part 2: The Business End of Things - Karen Guthrie Guest Blog

In the second instalment of the blog Karen discusses the highs and lows she traversed after her film, The Closer We Get, moved on from the festival circuit. From distribution woes to the surprising benefits of crowdfunding Karen has great advice for all you indie doc-makers out there!


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Part 1: A Closer Look at Impact - Karen Guthrie Guest Blog

Karen Guthrie’s The Closer We Get won Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs in 2015. Karen is writing this blog for SDI to provide an insight into elements of her filmmaking practice. However, it’s not the artistic side of things that this blog will focus on, but the arguably less glamorous, murky world of outreach and distribution. In this first edition of the blog, Karen describes how she was thrown, ill-prepared into that world, after she received an unexpected international phone call....


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Bridging the Gap FAQs

With only days to go until the deadline for applications we thought we'd soothe your mind with a quickfire round of FAQs, here we go!


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SDI Director talks about LOVE

Noe Mendelle on Bridging the Gap: Love, and a challenge to applicants to make a meaningful connection to the theme.


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Docs, docs and more docs - SDI soaks up EIFF 2017

It was a big year at Edinburgh IFF for SDI. Alongside the UK Premiere for our feature film Donkeyote we had our annual Bridging the Gap shorts showcase screening, the Edinburgh Pitch and appeared on our fair share of panels! 

Now that we've had a few days R&R we've compiled a round up of some interesting doc screenings we managed to catch and we have a short piece from one of our Bridging the Gap filmmakers, Thomas Hogben, on his first time at the festival as a participating filmmaker. Enjoy!


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Get ready for Bridging the Gap: Rebellion!

Another epic cycle of Bridging the Gap comes to an end, but as ever with this leading new talent initiative, the end is really just the beginning. It's the beginning of the lives of the films commissioned during the intensive and competitive 9-month process. This year, six of the seven films commissioned will receive their premieres at Edinburgh International Film Festival, with the seventh film premiering later in the year. Here's a little bit about each of the films, and their trailers.

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Donkeyote Star Speaks to SDI

We popped over to Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary film festival and we managed to catch up with Gorrión, who plays the animal lead in Donkeyote, which received its Canadian premiere at the festival.




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Clever Stunt or Rapid Response Documentary Genius?

According to his Twitter biog, writer, director and comedian Vito Gesualdi "directs weird video game trailers". Recently he's channeled his many talents into producing a rather clever short YouTube documentary about a clash between anti-fascist protestors and Trump supporters in Berkeley, California. Ben Cohen of The Daily Banter (where we found out about Vito and his exploits), describes it as "the greatest thing on the internet right now." 

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