Why are there so many unwatchable “documentaries” out there?

Ok so that’s it – as the Peter Finch character in “Network” says: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” – I’ve just wasted another 90 minutes of my life watching a supposed “documentary” that is dull, boring, worthy and unwatchable – I will not mention names to protect the […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

5 Low-Budget DIY Filmmaking Hacks

You’re a filmmaker, you’re just starting out, you’re broke. We get it. But what if I said to you that you can achieve Hollywood production value for a very low cost. Own a pair of rollerblades? Great! You’ve got yourself a sweet tracking shot. Got some old CD cases laying around? Even better! You now […]

Personal Branding: Selling Yourself Without Selling Yourself Short

As a social media intern and a filmmaker, I’m aware of how crucial it is to market a film. Through my time at Raindance, however, I’ve been introduced to a new concept that’s just as vital– personal branding.   Personal branding is much more than a great headshot and impressive bio. It’s the totality of […]

4 Tips for Success on Film Sets

Congratulations you have followed through with your goals and landed a job on a film set! You may be a carpenter, grip, set decorator, or even a camera assistant but what sort of etiquette is expected of you? Your first few times on set will be exciting and daunting, you may be so overwhelmed that […]