Central Scotland Documentary Festival

Central Scotland Documentary Festival 2023

The Central Scotland Documentary Festival celebrates creative documentary and non-fiction filmmaking. Curated and presented by Macrobert, it’s a fitting tribute to the city of Stirling, which is the birthplace of John Grierson, the ‘father of documentary’.

Over five days, the 2023 edition of the Festival showcased 32 film screenings, comprising one world, three European, four UK, ten Scottish Premieres and some of the best documentaries from throughout the year (and a few special events thrown in for good measure). We also hosted various industry sessions, an exhibition celebrating John Grierson and presented the first ever Stirling Award for Achievement in Documentary to David Nicholas Wilkinson in recognition of a career spanning more than four decades as a writer, director, producer and distributor.

15 of the films showcased films  vied for two awards - The Jury Award, selected by an independent panel of industry and academic judges and won by Jude Chehab's Q and The Audience Award, with the attendees of CSDF 2023 voting for Lands End by Ryan Sherman to take home the award.

The Central Scotland Documentary festival will return in 2024 from 31 Oct - 4 Nov.