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We’ve Made Filmmakers Since 1992

We’ve been coming up with innovative film school training, social media and the Raindance Film Festival for 21 years. Join us and become a Raindance Premium member, or attend the British Independent Film Awards which we created in 1998.

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 most 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 unique and flexible of it’s kind 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 will you find film training run alongside an international independent film festival.

Our London film training calendar is here

Book Session with Elliot Grove

Why not book a 15 minute taster tutorial with Elliot Grove?
Bring him your filmmaking questions!


We 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!

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At Raindance we love independent film for many reasons, one of the most important is its ability to tell a story. And there is nothing better than harnessing the power of storytelling to empower people and inspire social change. For this reason, Raindance is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Western Sahara International … Read More

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As cinematographer it’s my duty and most and above all my pleasure to create the look of a film. My role is to turn the director’s vision into reality. Often, I’m challenged by directors but let’s face it that’s one of the reasons I love my job. Recently we shot a film called Madison Cruz … Read More

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Independent film is on the rise, with 12 Years A Slave alone grossing almost $38 million in 2013. This detailed infographic made by Mutinee looks back over the last year to show us exactly what kind of films were made independently but also shows that they can made just as much, if not more, than … Read More

Really tough questions Investors Ask Filmmakers

I’m directing a $500,000 movie. What will I get paid?

Here is an exchange we had with Naveen Medaram, a director who trained up on Raindance courses, directed two movies and is now in line to direct an LA-based $500,000 feature film. As a budding director, Naveen was wondering what sort of fee he could expect from his producers.   Naveen: From: Naveen Medaram To: … Read More

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One night when I was about 7 years old I caught my mum sliding a quarter under my pillow. I had just lost a tooth and having caught my mum red-handed I had to deal with having the Tooth Fairy myth busted. Later, when my daughters were born I always tried to create myths for … Read More

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There are three stages to filmmaking: pre-production, production and post-production. Many filmmakers are in a perpetual pre-production stage. Pre-production is the stage where you try and convince everyone that your film is about to start shooting. It’s the nerve wracking stage where you wait for financial commitments to materialise in your bank, and for cast … Read More

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