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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

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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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What? Our film plays Frightfest Winner: Best UK Horror

Latest Articles

How Entering the Raindance Web Pilot Competition Kickstarted My Filmmaking Career

My name is Phillip Whiteman and I am a previous winner at Raindance Web Fest. So it started out with an audition, an e-casting for a feature film. They wanted an improvised scene that could be about anything we wanted. My friend and I at the time were both asked to audition and were finding … Read More

7 Reasons To Attend Raindance Film Festival

Independent film is exploding!  For 22 Years Raindance has been bringing the brightest and best independent film to the core of London’s West End. If you are serious about filmmaking or serious about independent film you won’t be missing this year’s festival celebrating the best in independent film from around the world. 7 Reasons To … Read More

Had A Busy August? Hottest 5 Posts Last Month

OMG School’s back. Where did the summer go? And today, the first of September is Labour day in Canada or Labor day in the US of A. A weekend of BBQ’s, music festivals and friends before the Autumnal grind sets in. Here at Planet Raindance we’ve been sweating through the August day prepping for this … Read More

How filmmakers Prevent Being Hacked

A Filmmakers Guide To Being Hacked

It always happens to me in one of two situations: on a shoot at the end of a tortuously long day, or a day like today – in the frantic run up to the film festival when the entire team is multitasking their tits off, and the pressure starts to tell when wear and tear … Read More


Animation from Chris Daykin on Vimeo. The Beginning I had been a painter, or rather I started at such a ‘free’ foundation course that no one noticed until it was too late that I missed the term allocated for Graphics by just not moving from my place in the painting studio. It was actually a … Read More

Desert island film discs

Desert Island Discs

What’s your favourite movie? If you could only watch x-number of movies for the rest of your life what would they be? I was posed this kind of question recently by Stage32 in the form of their Desert Island Discs heading. My first step was to take a look at the few movies I still … Read More

Let's Make A film Career Happen In 2013

Directing Disasters

Even the greatest directors in the world can’t produce an Oscar winning, critically acclaimed smash with every film. Here is a list of directors forgotten films that should probably stay forgotten, proving that even the industry Gods make mistakes. Martin Scorsese New York, New York (1977) Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated) Scorsese wanted to produce a homage … Read More

The 25 Best Films Directed By Female Film Directors

Studies show that half of all film school graduates are women, yet only 5% of them are working Hollywood directors. This is not only a problem in Hollywood, but everywhere in the world. There’s prejudice and difficulties akin to them, common stories of declined financing help and even production interruptions due to certain chosen themes … Read More

16 short films that launched careers

28 Brilliant Films You Can Watch in the Time It Takes to Eat Lunch

Journalist and author Noah Gittell over at one of my favourite websites, mic.com wrote a very successful and amusing piece on the 14 Brilliant Films You can Watch In The Time It Takes To Eat Lunch. You should go over there and read Noah’s piece and watch the movies he recommends. It’s almost an entire … Read More

Respect for screenwriters

Respect? Sorry, What’s That?

I’m a real stickler for respect and courtesy. To me it costs nothing to treat others with respect and decency – at least up until the point they demonstrate that they don’t deserve it – but it’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that the idea of respect is somewhat alien to the film industry at … Read More

16 short films that launched careers

16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors

Mic.com is one of my favourite websites – I check it nearly every day for interesting thought pieces on the arts. They have posted and article: 16 Short Films That Launched the Careers of Famous Directors that really caught my eye. It’s almost a mini film school. Why? I really believe that short films are … Read More

Filmmaking books by Raindance tutors

Eight Movies That Were Better Than The Book

Adaptations are commonplace in today’s movie industry. Whether it’s taken from a book, a video game, a park ride or a bar of chocolate the importance of having an existing property to launch from has become so significant to Hollywood that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find original movies outside the independent field. Worse, it’s … Read More

From Music to Movies: Seven Musicians Who Made the Move to Movies

The creative industries are ripe with talent and it’s becoming frequently common place for many of those talents to bring their skills to more than their own traditional stomping grounds. Here are just seven members of the music industry who have flexed their muscles in film, both in front and behind the camera. 1.     Rob … Read More

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker

You’ve finally decided to jump headlong towards you dream and become a filmmaker. Now what? Leaving the ordinary civilian lifestyle to become a filmmaker can be a real jolt. Raindance is here to make that transition easier. Filmmaking is not just a life-style – it’s a strategy, a different way of thinking and doing. For … Read More

Who's Looking at Raindance

Raindance: The Voice of Indie Film

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.and Raindance.tv