The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) and the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) have announced a new strategic partnership to promote Scottish documentaries.

The first collaboration between the two is a session on “How to get to Cannes”, with Gaëlle Vidalie, a Director’s Fortnight programmer.

The partnership will also include building a year round learning programme at Filmhouse and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Noe Mendelle, director of Scottish Documentary Institute said: “We’re very happy to go forward into 2011 with a closer working partnership with the CMI, to enhance the documentary provision for Edinburgh and Scotland, and to grow Scotland’s reputation for outstanding documentary practice internationally. SDI’s ethos is to bring together new and old filmmakers and decision makers, so that they can learn from each other and discover new talent and new ways of doing things. That’s why our initiatives such as Bridging the Gap and Interdoc have been so successful.”
Scottish Documentary Institute is the leading centre for documentary training and education in Scotland, based at Screen Academy Edinburgh College of Art. It produces the award-winning Bridging the Gap short documentary series.