Independent Filmmaker’s Ball – Press

Nearly a thousand independent filmmakers and film overs graced the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.  Publicity and celebrity booking was handled by the LA/London based Flair PR. The evening celebrated 25 years of Raindance which started in 1992. Nearly £10,000 was raised for the registered charity Independent Film Trust. The IFT supports Raindance Film Festival. The IFT […]

What Filmmakers Can Learn From The Theatre

We all need stories. Film is an extraordinarily powerful medium to tell stories -if not the most powerful one, with its blend of visuals, cuts, music and the input of everyone from the writer to the audience member. It is, however, fairly recent and is probably going to develop into an even more powerful storytelling […]

How Short Films Make Money

We’ve champioened short films since day one at Raindance a quarter  century ago. Short films are the laboratory of cinema. It’s gthe place where filmmakers experiment and learn. I’ve noticed a seismic change in short films since I started Raindance. Firstly, the digital revolution has made production costs significantly lower. Secondly, everyone wants content but […]

Filmmaker Kate Herron and writer Monica Heisey in conversation with Raindance award-winning Rob Savage

To give a unique insight into the filmmaking process, Raindance paired BIFA-winner and Screen International Star of Tomorrow Rob Savage with Monica Heisey and Kate Herron to talk about the launch of their new short film Rest Stop.   Where did the idea for Rest Stop come from? (Kate): It was born partly out of […]

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker Part 2

Part 2: I started writing this two-part article on Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker many moons ago. This Sunday morning sitting around with a coffee and a bit of spare time I thought I should stop procrastinating and pick this back up. Here’s Days 1 – 33 in case you want to catch up. […]

Your First 100 Days As A Filmmaker

You’ve finally decided to jump headlong towards your 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 […]

How Shakespeare Made It – 20 Key Dates

I’m a Canadian living in London under the shadow of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s image has been carefully imprinted on the global cultural economy. As a human being, I am always fascinated by life stories and history. As a Canadian I’m stuck with literary giants like Leonard Cohen and Margaret Atwood. Brits get William Shakespeare. It […]

7 Things Filmmakers can Learn from Prince

Prince has died. In 2010, Prince was listed in TIME magazine’s annual ranking of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Filmmakers and music lovers alike are mourning the passing of one of the world’s most creative and influential musicians of his generation. Self-taught, spurned by record labels at the start of his career, […]

A (Maverick) Introduction To Film

Few filmmakers can actually wear the title of “cult”. Alex Cox legitimately can. He’s been consistently working since the 1980’s, giving us most iconically Repo Man as well as Sid & Nancy, following the turbulent relationship of punk legend Sid Vicious, played by Gary Oldman, with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen (and shot by Roger Deakins).  Since the late 1980’s […]

7 Things To Love About Xavier Dolan

Every year, when my birthday comes, I keep thinking “By 25, Orson Welles had done the War of the Worlds broadcast and scared his country, directed Citizen Kane, the most influential film in history, and won an Oscar for it. What about me? ” Granted, that’s high standards, but we all know our brain is not always our […]

Why We Don’t Need More “Strong Female Characters”

There’s never been a better time to be part a minority in the film industry. Or so reports say. And in a sense it’s true, as the conversation about #OscarsSoWhite or about #womeninfilm has really been present on social media and has impacted “the real world”: J.J. Abrams took measures to have more diverse employees […]

5 Reasons To Attend The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.

Filmmaking can sometimes lead to the depths of isolation. Every waking moment is spent chained to a never ending film project. The inability to edit one’s own life is undeniably frustrating. Unshakeable focus and unwavering passion can generate feelings of captivity. This solitary darkness can be soothing to the artistic soul, sure. You know what […]