Happy March! It's time to go from film fan to filmmaker.

Here at Raindance, we've decided that March is going to be a special month. What better month to re-invigorate your dreams than March - which starts 48 hours after the Oscars? Of course, everyone repeats that every day, but we really mean it. Why? Assert yourself: let's go from film fan to filmmaker.

Well, look at 2017 thus far: a glorious year full of embodied national and international pride and excitement in the forms of Brexit, the U.S. election and humanity's survival of yet another bullshit Apocalypse, to name a few.

That's why we've decided that, to follow this collectivist example, March will be the month of the individual. So far this year, arguably for the first time in history, we've become good at social activism. This month, it's your turn to become good at something you've always wanted to try.

Go from film fan to filmmaker.

Raindance is here to provide some of the best practical and theoretical film courses, tutors and events around.  Kick your cinephilia out of the realm of 'fan' and into the world of 'filmmaker'. We've got all the old favourite courses and events, along with some brand spanking new ones to keep our students the best-informed and most adaptable on the scene. Take a look below for an overview of how we're kicking off the month.

And remember - your March can only be defined by you. Take the leap and make it a success story.

Excited? So are we. Let's get cooking.

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Raindance Foundation Certificates - London

Producers' Foundation Certificate - London begins February 28th
(and in Toronto begins March 2nd)

(and in LA begins February 27)

In filmmaking it's about getting the script, then getting the money. Getting the money means getting the paperwork together. Learn how to create the business plan, plan the legal contracts, prepare the budget and schedule and finally how to get the money. Find out how.

Documentary Foundation Certificate - Begins March 1st

If you're interested in causes or issues of social justice then learning how to create and monentise a documentary might be the route for you. Documentary filmmaking is hotter than hot right now. Don't be left sitting on the sidelines. Get some.

Technical Foundation Certificate - Begins March 2nd

Learn the basics of editing, sound, lighting, shooting with DSLR and low budget special effects in five single evening classes. Take them all, or take the one(s) that interest you. Let Raindance's professional tutors help you demystify the technical side of filmmaking. Get some.

Writing and producing your script

Raindance 1-Day Courses

Saturday Film School - Launch your filmmaking career London March 18th

Saturday Film School has been taken by over 15,000 film fans since 2011. Basics of writing, directing, producing and breaking in.  Taught by Raindance founder Elliot Grove and Patrick Tucker, this is the class to take for everyone who wants to launch their filmmaking career, motivate themselves to write or simply pick up a new skill. Useful.

Pitching Skills Workshop - February 20th

Let's be honest for a minute. Filmmaking is a business. Films are incredibly expensive to make, and so have to make money in return to cover their arses. Hence the term 'film industry'. And one of the most important skills any businessman, scriptwriter, producer or, generally, person can learn is that of delivering a passionate, comprehensive, convincing and inspiring pitch. Don't miss out.

Introduction to Comic Book & Graphic Novel Scriptwriting - TBA

Brand new and hot off the press, featuring one of the most successful graphic novelists around. It's #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Tony Lee. Find out if your idea has legs as a comic book.  Then learn how to adapt your writing to the strictures of the graphic novel script format. Finally discover what do to with your work once you've finished it. Exciting.

Create and Market a Web Series March 4th

Most emerging filmmakers in America no longer make short films - they write, direct and produce web series - a series of short films linked together TV soap opera style. And they are making money. Learn the basic principals of how to do it yourself, Raindance style. I want some.

Higher Film Education at Raindance

Raindance Special Events

Raindance Taster Day London Saturday May 13th

Who are we? Where are we? What's the time? You're not my mother! Come and meet the Raindance team and chat about what we have to offer you. Or you can offer something to us, we're open.

Boozin' n' Schmoozin' - March 13th

This is our monthly networking event. Free to members, it's a chance to pick up cast and crew, or commit yourself to someone else's project. Or just to get drunk and exchange business cards. Suit yourself.

Of course, this is not all that's going on between now and the end of March. We've got countless more courses, events, talks, workshops and networking parties to get through - to see them all, check out the tab on the right hand side of the page here or take a look at our super-packed London Calendar.

We hope to see you at a Raindance event soon! And remember: make March yours. Kick yourself from film fan to filmmaker.

The Raindance Team

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Raindance
Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent filmmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

Most of our year is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspects of film. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest catering for over 3000 students per year.

In 2011 we launched an innovative Postgraduate Film Degree with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust.

The 24th Raindance Film Festival has now released it's 2016 festival trailer: a homage to Stephen Spielberg who celebrates his 70th birthday this year:

In 2014 we relaunched our production arm, Raw Talent with the feature Deadly Virtues.