• Merry Christmas from Raindance

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Raindance

***Unique Raindance Christmas Gifts for Filmmakers***

Here’s a gift idea: The 99 Minute Film School – 3 times a year one of the country’s most inspirational and motivational film talks guaranteed to get you moving off the starting blocks.

Distinguish yourself over the Holidays with some truly special Christmas Gifts for Filmmakers from Raindance.

We don’t teach filmmaking. We make filmmakers.

Highlights from the MOËT British Independent Film Awards

Winners are listed here

NIKON’s European Film Festival

nikon-european-film-festival-box (1)Another great competition!

More great prizes!

Get the details here: https://www.nikonfilmfestival.com/

Submission deadline: 5 January 2015

Get: The Ultimate Short Filmmaker’s Toolkit


We’ve Made Filmmakers Since 1992

We’ve been coming up with innovative film school training, social media and the Raindance Film Festival for 22 years. Join us and become a Raindance Premium member, or attend the British Independent Film Awards which we created in 1998. Here’s 10 Great Reasons To Join Raindance.

Thinking Of Film School in London?

Raindance MA student Sadie Frost studying with Martyna.

Raindance MA student Sadie Frost (l) studies in a coffee shop – the world’s most flexible and innovative film degree

We don’t teach filmmaking. We make filmmakers.

Our evening and weekend short film and screenwriting courses offer the greatest amount of information in the shortest amount of time.

Our Postgraduate Film Degree, offered in partnership with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust is the most flexible and unique in the world. Write your screenplay, make your movie, tap into Raindance’s knowledge and expertise and earn a MA or MSc at the same time.

Nowhere else will you find film training run alongside an international independent film festival. Our London film training calendar is here

deadly-virtues-love-honour-obeyWe make movies too!

Raindance Raw Talent’s feature film, Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey, directed by Ate De Jong, has been bought for distribution in Germany! Find out more here or follow @Raindance for more info!

Playing at the world’s best horror festivals:

We Play Whistler – it’s the North American Premiere on December 6th

Played Dublin Horrorthon on October 21st at 23.10
Our film played  Frightfest
Read this: Ain’t It Cool’s review
Read this: Kim Hudson’s review
Read this: Heyyouguys review


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