Tristan Aitchison is a filmmaker and photographer from the Northern Highlands of Scotland. He hasan interest in documenting social issues. 

SIDNEY & FRIENDS is the first feature film, and documentary,from Tristan. His award-winning short film about elder abuse, CARE, won Best Artistic Direction at LaGuarimba International Film Festival, and screened at twenty other international film festivals. 

Tristanalso helped establish and run the BFI Film Academy Highlands and Islands, dedicated to nurturing thenext generation of creative talent.   

Sidney & Friends

Feature Documentary (2018)

Following its World Premiere at the prestigious BFI Flare: London's LGBTQ+ Festival (on March 22,  2018), feature documentary SIDNEY & FRIENDS went on a two-year-long international film festival tour.  Directed by Tristan Aitchison (the writer/director behind the award-winning 2014 short film, CARE),SIDNEY & FRIENDS, shot entirely in Kenya, has been called “one of the most impacting andbreathtaking reflections of intersex and trans life.” (Intersex UK) 

SIDNEY & FRIENDS tells the story of Sidney, who is intersex. When his family tries to kill him, Sidneyflees to Nairobi, where he meets a group of transgender friends. Together, they fight discrimination anddiscover life, love and self-worth.  SIDNEY & FRIENDS' award wins include: the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at NewFest: NewYork’s LGBTQ Film Festival (presented by HBO); Best Documentary at the Transgender Film Festival in Germany; Best Film at the Madrid Film and Human Rights Festival; and Best Documentary at theOMOVIES Film Festival in Italy.

Additionally, SIDNEY & FRIENDS' award nominations for Best Documentary include: the United Nation'sIOM Global Migration Film Festival; the Lili Award at MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ+ Film Festival; Sole LunaDoc Film Festival in Italy; TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival; and a Best Film Score nomination at NewYork's Independent Music Awards.

SIDNEY & FRIENDS is now available on Amazon Prime Video. Its original soundtrack, by composerPaul Terry, is out now on all music platforms.

Short Film 2014
Confused and solitary, an elderly woman sits in a remote,abandoned care home. Haunted by memories, will shediscover why she is there and is she really alone?

  • Winner of Best Artistic Direction La Guarimba International Film Festival, (Italy) 2014 
  • Shortlisted for Best Activist Short Fiction Film Tollpuddle Radical Film Festival, (England) 2014 
  • Finalist at Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'Arte (Milan), 2014 
  • Official Selection at: International Video Art House Madrid, Live at Heart (Orebo Sweden), Qabila Film Festival (Cairo), Post Mortem International Horror Film Festival (Mexico), Aurora International Horror Film Festival (Mexico) GoNorth (Now XpoNorth, Inverness) Ickle Film Festival (Dundee), Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander (Colombia), Festival international Signes de Nuit (Paris) Fecico Conurbano Film Festival (Buenos Aires) Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander (Colombia) West Virginia Filmmakers Festival (USA), Songs of ReflectionShort Film Movement+ (London) Siliguri International Documentary and Short Film Festival (India) Montanha Pico Festival (Azores, Portugal). La Guarimba International Film Festival (Italy) 2015 -Best of Previous Fests.

“The film masterfully shows us the faces of the abandoned, and how everything can deteriorate with the passing of time.” -The Jury, La Guarimba International Film Festival

"The whole house is alive with decomposition, scares, threats and whispers.  A triumph." - El Tornillo De Klaus

Aitchison has created a creepy mood piece that makes excellent use of its crumbling and eerie location.” -XpoNorth

How To Solve A Problem Like Maria
Short documentary (2013) for Kenyan LGBTI NGO Jinsiangu. 

A young Kenyan trans girl shares her experiences of transitioning.

Curated for: 

  • Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference for Africa's LGBTI and Sex Worker Movements 2013
  • Transcreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival 2015 
  • Side by Side International LGBT Film Festival St Petersburg 2015 

“Ground-breaking” - Planet Transgender

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