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. Culture matters more than ever. And that’s why Raindance matters: today, and for our future.

Make no mistake about it: Raindance is in fighting mode. Raindance films are the dances of protest; our poems are the poems of insurrection; our buildings edify dissent. Raindance celebrates filmmakers who challenge society, musicians who sing for freedom, artists who revolt against the forces that validate oppression.

With the Netflix's, and Amazon's, and Sky's of this world dominating media channels filmmakers need more avenues in which to express themselves.

Raindance is such an avenue. Raindance is an open, handcrafted forum. Our festival won't show just any film. We don't let anybody use our amazing festival platform. We don’t. We won’t. We never will. We curate and select. We select based on the filmmaker's capacity to express ideas and to have an aesthetic. Films that push, bend, impel our future toward the world we want to live in.

Films at Raindance stand up for the vulnerable, the marginalised, the outsiders, the rebels, the dreamers, the poets, the imaginative. We celebrate the filmmakers. Raindance is a platform for those who love and question and include. We are used to being called maverick and outsider. We've been truly independent for a quarter century.

If you feel the same way, you can’t be passive or silent, and nether can we. Raindance needs to step it up in 2017, and so do you. Be bigger, bolder, louder, stronger, more open, more productive, more engaged, more organised, more public, more creative.

Raindance is non-profit. We need your support to make 2017 bigger, bolder and fresher than ever before.

With your support, we step it up together. We go on together. We get stronger.

There are many ways you can support our work at Raindance. Call us to discuss your options further.

Support our work at Raindance.

Thank you.

Now, Lets Make Movies.

Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove, Founder

Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove founded Raindance a quarter century ago as a thought experiment: Can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience, he asked? When people like his first intern Edgar Wright started making movies he founded the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate their work in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

He founded the Independent Filmmakers' Ball in 2014

Elliot has produced over 700 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. In 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead.
In 2013 he relaunched the production arm: Raw Talent with the cult film director Ate de Jong. Their first venture was the psychological thriller Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. finished late 2013.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers' Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). He was awarded a PhD in 2009 for services to film education. His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year.

Elliot teaches several courses at Raindance including Lo To No Budget Filmmaking and Writer's Foundation Certificate.

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