6 Great International Festivals for Filmmakers

As a Canadian filmmaker one of the hardest parts of developing a film is getting it seen by the right audiences. There are many festivals within Canada that are excellent but keep in mind that a film can thrive outside of its own country. These 6 Independent Film Festivals are some of the best stops […]

6 Films That Turned Failure Into Success

As filmmakers, we all want to make great films. What is a great film? We know that a big budget and amazing special effects, huge explosions and epic scale does not guarantee a great or successful film. Success can sometimes come DESPITE the lack of budget or not-so-great special effects. In the film industry, success […]

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 […]

Fantastic Crowdfunding Perks and Where to Find Them

By any given measure, there’s never been a better time to make a film. Equipment is easier to find than ever – if you’re reading this on your smartphone, you already have all the equipment you need. Now, there is fantastic training available online. And great video essays keep sprouting up online completely for free, […]

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 […]

In Praise Of Low Budget Filmmaking Masterclass

Learn from R`aindance founder Elliot Grove about how to make movies for very little money. He never calls them micro or low budget. He refers to them low budget films as the result of ‘resource based creativity’.

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 […]

Hollywood’s 10 Best Marketing Campaigns of 2016

There was an influx of “must-see” movies this year. Each film was competing with the other. Marketers came up with unique and creative ways to create hype and encourage viewers to watch their films. The following list comprises of this year’s heavily anticipated movies due to successful marketing campaigns. Deadpool When discussing this year’s best […]

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 […]

The Market for Viral Content

“Let’s make it go viral”, said the marketing executive, looking at the coffee stain on his tie. He (it’s most likely a he) had already forgotten whether everyone was talking about -a bundle of videos, an article, a VR short…-, he knew it had to go viral. After all, why not? Viral is the thing […]