Elliot Grove - Founder
Despite being unable to watch TV or films until his late teens due to the constraints of his Amish background, Elliot was curious about art and film. He worked first as a scenic artist (painting backgrounds). He started Raindance as a thought experiment: Could you make a movie with no training, no experience or no money. When British filmmakers like Christopher Nolan started making zero budget films, Elliot started Raindance Film Festival, as well as the British Independent Film Awards to showcase their work.
Rory O'Donnell - Courses Director
Following an MA in Ancient & Medieval History, and helping to excavate the most northerly leper colony found in the British Isles, Rory took the obvious next step of training as an actor. His acting career was primarily on the stage, including in the West End directed by Stephen Daldry, although he did once get to shoot aliens on the HMS Belfast. After directing a couple of short films and a period of traveling he started working as a casting director for independent film and became involved with Raindance, running print traffic during the festival. In 2008 he took over as course director and has been running the training for around 2000 students a year since then. In 2012 he began making short films again, which have played at festivals worldwide, and he is currently preparing a first feature.
Suzanne Ballantyne - Head of Programming
Suzanne Ballantyne trained as an actress in London and worked as a performer in the UK and Canada. She started her film career reviewing and critiquing scripts and films for independent producers and film festivals. She has programmed the Raindance Film Festival since 1995. In 1998 she co-founded the British Independent Film Awards. Her first screenplay is about to enter pre-production under the Raindance Raw Talent banner. In 2013 she produced the feature, Love.Honour.Obey - a love triangle - which is heading onto the festival circuit.
David Martinez - Festival Producer
Harvey Puttock - Filmmaker in Residence/Tech Genie
*once, sarcastically, but who's counting.
Martyna Szmytkowska -Programmer & Programme Coordinator
Joseph Supple-Turnham - Marketing Manager & Room Bookings
Baptiste Charles-Aubert, Postgraduate Degree Registrar