The rise in the popularity of documentary cinema has been a remarkable trend in recent years, with filmmakers stretching the boundaries of the format, tone and style of non-fiction films. There is a strong musical theme that runs through this year’s films – from George Michael and Whitney Houston to punk rock and Scottish band Travis – as well as Scottish culture and themes also being wonderfully reflected.

This year’s festival features a strong and varied selection of new films, celebrating a filmic form that varies from the harrowing and provocative to the fun and downright entertaining. Documentary is a formidable way to travel the world, see strange and unusual sights and delve into fascinating real-life stories. Films in consideration for our annual documentary award are selected from this section.

View all films in the Documentaries strand here.