Mic.com is one of my favourite websites - I check it nearly every day for interesting thought pieces on the arts. They have posted an article: 16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors that really caught my eye. It's almost a mini film school.


I really believe that short films are the laboratory of cinema - which is why over the years here at the festival we have shown so many terrific shorts, and why the Academy of Motion Pictures honours our best short each year with a position on the Best Short film shortlist in the run-up to the Oscars.

The shorts they selected are terrific shorts, but there are two I would like to see added to the list:

Shane Meadow's Where's The Money Ronnie, which we screened in 1996 at Raindance as part of a retrospective of his work. Speaking of short films and film festivals - have you secured your festival pass for Raindance?

And Christopher Nolan's Doodlebug which we screened in 1998.

To see Mic.com's collection of 16 Short Films That Launched Careers, click here.

Have they missed any? Please leave in the comments box below.

Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove founded Raindance a quarter century ago as a thought experiment: Can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience, he asked? When people like his first intern Edgar Wright started making movies he founded the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate their work in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

He founded the Independent Filmmakers' Ball in 2014

Elliot has produced over 700 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead.
In 2013 he relaunched the production arm: Raw Talent with the cult film director Ate de Jong. Their first venture was the psychological thriller Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. finished late 2013.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers' Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). He was awarded a PhD in 2009 for services to film education. His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.

Elliot teaches several courses at Raindance including Lo To No Budget Filmmaking and Writer's Foundation Certificate.

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