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.

4 Outstanding Smartphone Film Festivals

As an emerging filmmaker, having access to top-of-the-line, impressive gear is the key to shooting a great film, right? Um, nope. With the rise of smartphone technology, that little device you’re using to text, tweet and play Candy Crush is now one of the greatest tools for low-to-no budget filmmakers. Consider the breakout Sundance hit […]

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 […]

Moonlight: How an Indie Underdog Came to Shine

Everybody likes an underdog story. What’s not to love about seeing someone we care for beating the odds and getting their moment in the spotlight, after all? And what a spotlight this is: it lights the stage of the most watched telecast on Earth, the Oscars. Hollywood likes many things: money, a good story, money, […]

Why You Should Care About Independent Film Festivals

Did you know that Cannes is actually a fairly boring city? All eyes are on it during those ten days in May, after all that’s exciting, isn’t it? Ken Loach flies in to collect a prize for a surprise-late-career angry social drama. Woody Allen just stands there, still jet-lagged from the flight, looking bored at his own […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Year in Review – 2016

   The Year in Review – 2016 Who are you? What’s your burning question? Are you motivated and excited about your life? Do you have a pulse? Every second of every day is a resolution and choice: you resolve to be a lover or a hater;  you choose freedom or bondage; you create a new […]

Top 10 Virtual Reality Short Films To Watch Right Now

Top Ten Virtual Reality Videos To Watch Right Now It seems Virtually reality being used by so many talented creators of content now with releases of feature film promotions to premiere festival virtual reality short films. This list includes a variety of different approach each take in this process. Help 4mins 53sec Director Justin Lin […]