Make Movies With This Easter Filmmaker’s Toolkit

Put down the chocolate! Make movies! Why dither and make reasons to delay your movie? Move up from amateur to professional. Stop making excuses why you can’t make a film. Stop blagging the blag. Get off your couch and start doing something meaningful! You don’t need no film school! 1. Your filmmaking plan and make […]

Why Filmmakers Submit Early To Film Festivals – 7 Reasons

You’ve finished your short, feature or documentry – congratulations – it’s festival submission time! Submit early! This is when you cross your fingers and toes and hope you get selected. Here at Raindance Film Festival we’ve had a quarter of a century dealing with submissions from filmmakers, and nearly as long submitting our own work […]

7 People Successful Filmmakers Must Have In Their Networks

We all love success stories like Orin Pelli (Paranormal Activity) Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project) and Damian Chazelle (Lala Land). Thier success stories make great motivational reading. But if you met any one of these filmmakers they’d be the first to tell you that their success has a lot to do with the people they surrounded themselves with.

Filmmakers: Spring Clean Your Career: 6 Tips

When spring breaks and the buds start forming on trees we start to think about a good spring clean. But what about giving your very own career and career strategy a good and thorough spring clean- and shake up your filmmaking career. The 21st century workforce is changing. Filmmaking has been revolutionised through advances in […]

10 Commandments of Independent Filmmaking

My name is Elliot Grove. I’m not big on preaching a commandment, but I’ve been running Raindance since 1992. Back in those days everyone shot on film- 35mm if you could afford it. We made expensive film prints that showed in cinemas. To promote those screenings we printed and mailed expensive leaflets and posters and […]

Go From Average To Great Filmmaker: 7 Qualities

What makes a great filmmaker? Or what makes a filmmaker great? I’ve been contemplating this recently. “I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the […]

How To Turn That Passion For Writing and Filmmaking Into A Reality – FAST

So, you’ve spent the past three years studying Tarantino, DSLR, green screen and independent film and damn. It’s getting hot. All your mates are sick and tired of telling you how talented you are. More, they are sick and tired of hearing you tell them how you can’t wait to ditch the dull and boring […]

Film Marketing Essentials – 5 Tips To Sell Your Film

I’m writing from Berlin, scratching my head about film marketing. I’m sitting in my hotel room after a hectic first day of the European Film Market. I’ve spent the day on the busy trading floors of the Martin Gropius Bau and the crowded hotel lobbies of the Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and the Marriot. Here’s the common […]

7 Ways Filmmakers Hit Film Festival Brick Walls

You’ve made a film – congratulations. Are you hitting brick walls at film festivals? Every year about this time I start getting emails from filmmakers complaining about their treatment at the hands of film festival programmers who have skipped over their film. There’s even professional advisers who train disgruntled filmmakers how to do better with […]