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 […]

5 Things Elliot Grove Learned in 2016

Christmas Eve and things might be quietening down. If you live in the north of England we hear that you’re being battered by storm Barbara. I hope you are safe and sound. A quarter century since starting Raindance I’m still learning big lessons. And 2016 was no different. Did I learn some big ones in […]

Filmmaker: You Matter More Than Ever

We live in very troubled times. But is not the world’s hatred caused by basic misunderstanding? What better way to break down the barriers of hatred than through the power of film? The films you make, the stories you write, and the pictures you paint matter more than ever before. Creativity matters more than ever. […]

Marilyn Monroe’s Personal Book Collection – How Many Have You Read?

Marilyn Monroe is one of the iconic figures of American culture. In the male-dominated world of Hollywood she is remembered and even revered as a sex symbol. Not til today when I stumbled upon the list of personal property owned by Marilyn Monroe, auctioned at Christies-NY, October 28-29, 1999, did I realise what an amazing […]

How Screenwriters Make Money: Five Tried and Tested Ways

How screenwriters make money is a question I have been asked countless times during my long journey helming Raindance Film Festival. Often screenwriters have the idea that they can win a lottery by selling their script to Hollywood. But how much money do you really think you could make by selling your script to Hollywood? […]

5 Ways Filmmakers Play A Trump Card

Donald Trump has played trump card after card. His election campaign has been rocked by controversy – filled with shameful and disgusting remarks. As the American presedential election looms ever nearer, there is no denying that Trump has demonstratd an astonishing ability to engage and empower a legion of followers far greater than I suspect […]

10 Tricks And Traps Of Film Producing

Film producing is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film theatrically […]