The Reel Challenge 2017

‘Stand out from the crowd’ and win TWO free places on the ultimate filmmaking adventure from London to Budapest Enter your own micro-short into our Instagram competition for the chance to win a place for you and a friend on The Reel Challenge 2017 plus £350 spending money! What is The Reel Challenge? The Reel […]

Arrival: A Masterpiece in Sound (MINOR SPOILERS)

Congratulations to Sylvain Bellemare and his team for taking home the oscar this year for best sound editing in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. While this award was undoubtedly well-deserved, I feel that the soundtrack deserves equal, if not more, recognition. The film’s composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson, did a magnificent job setting the tone throughout the film while staying true […]

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 […]

Chris Milk’s Revolutionary Work On Virtual Reality

Chris Milk is a photographer, director, entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Within (Virtual Reality). Beginning his career in music videos, commercials and photography shortly gaining recognition. Working with names such as  Kanye West, Johnny Cash, U2 and others. Milk’s work has since expanded beyond tradition. Experimenting with different formats and mediums storytelling leading into virtual […]

Top 10 Women in Science Fiction

  Every movie that has ever been made about artificial intelligence owes a debt of gratitude to one woman: Mary Shelley. When Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, which is widely regarded to be the first science fiction novel, she effectively invented a genre. The power of science fiction to open up a portal into a parallel universe where […]

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 […]

Give the Gift of Raindance

This festive season, treat your film-obsessed friends and loved ones to the ultimate filmmaker’s gift. Raindance Membership is a real treat to your filmmaker friends. Over 2,000 filmmakers have discovered indie film’s best-kept secret by becoming Raindance members. Immerse your loved ones in the indie film experience with Raindance’s courses, events and Festival! Raindance Since […]

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. […]

My Dinner With Jeremy Irons

Last night at the luxurious Edition Hotel in Central London, Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons helped to officially launch Raindance’s ‘My Dinner With’ series. The veteran British actor hosted an exclusive charity dinner with seven special guests in support of The Independent Film Trust, raising funds that will enable the Trust to advance the cause of […]

Are Images Not Enough?

The age of the image is upon us, my friends. Not a day goes by that we are not flooded by images that are beautiful, smartly produced, shiny and altogether attractive. That’s obviously true of filmmakers, whose trade it is to come up with those images. It’s the case if you walk through Piccadilly Circus […]

#StarringJohnCho and Social Media Activism

In recent years, the Internet has grown to be either the biggest cave for trolls or the best improvement that the public agora has known since the advent of modern democracy. Social media has become so powerful that it can and has overthrown governments and shifted political lines in a way that, not so long […]