All about Funding

  • Lessons from Denmark

    Photo: Per Palmkvist Knudsen (Creative Commons)Over the last few years the Scottish Documentary Institute has been cultivating close ties with Denmark, and the more we work with them the more we are envious of their system. While we go on and on talking about the politics of financing film and TV, Denmark has become one of the major European players in film – and it has a population similar to Scotland. How come?

    For the first half of this year, Denmark is taking over the presidency of the EU, and to celebrate it, once again it is film that is being pushed. Danish embassies are organising screenings of some of their films all around Europe.

    In UK we keep on asking: Why does a country need to spend people's tax in order to subsidise films? Why can't cinema take care of itself?

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  • SDI opens new bursary fund

    Make Docs HappenScottish Documentary Institute is launching for the first time year-round submissions of Scottish documentary projects in development (shorts and features) to our Docscene project pool.

    From the submissions a number of suitable proposals will be selected to go into a development and consultation process whereby the filmmaker will be advised on one or more of the following:

    • synopsis, proposal, full treatment, trailer
    • story development
    • financing strategy
    • budgeting
    • rough cut (if available)
    • festival strategy (for completed projects or rough-cut stage)
    • online marketing/financing strategy (any stage)
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