"We don't teach filmmakers. We make filmmakers."


Raindance Vancouver is the West Coast Hub of Raindance Canada and is ready to work with YOU, the independent filmmaker, to help YOU succeed in following your dreams to make films.

Raindance Vancouver is the local chapter of London-England's Raindance Film Festival, Europe's oldest and largest independent film festival and has launched the careers of dozens of filmmakers since 1993 including the Russo Bros (Captain America) whose first feature, Pieces, debuted at Raindance London in 1997.

Raindance Vancouver's mandate is to support local independent filmmakers by:

  • providing access to best practices through our courses, workshops, webinars, various certificates and online Masters' degree.
  • creating the best networking opportunities with established professionals from the industry at our events, and
  • developing strong partnerships with businesses and associations relevant to the local film industry.

We are here to support you in bringing your projects to life, no matter what your project is short, feature, doc, web series, new media. Come and talk to us. We have the tools to guide you as you start, re-start or pimp your career in filmmaking.

Contact us by email: vancouver@raindance.org.

Raindance Membership perks:

  • Free script registration.
  • 20% DISCOUNT on all courses.
  • Access to our online filmmaker toolkit, including legal contracts & documents.
  • Discounted/free access to Raindance & BIFA events?

Don't be shy. Become a MEMBER and put us to the test.


At the Heart of Indie Filmmaking Since 1992

The very first Raindance event was in April 1992 when we hosted a film seminar with the Hollywood maverick, Dov Simens. Princess diana was still alive and John Major was Prime Minister.

Since 1993 the Raindance Film Festival has annually uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Some Raindance-premiered hits are Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

In 1998 Raindance launched the British Independent Film Awards – a yearly industry event attended by the upper ranks of the UK moviemaking establishment. The BIFAs are now regarded as one of the penultimate awards in the world film calendar. Honours have included Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, and helped launch countless films including 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

The 2000s

Until 2001 Raindance Film Festival was sometimes referred to as the ‘London’ or ‘pre-MIFED’ Screenings (MIFED collapsed post 9/11), essentially filling the film market position for the UK and which saw approximately 63% of films picked up by UK distributors. A similar London UK Film Focus (LUFF) was set up in 2004 by Film London, followed by the Production Finance Market in 2007.

Similarly “Raindance Kids: London’s Children Film Festival” which had been set up by Raindance and ran successfully for a number of years post 9/11 when sponsorship collapsed, hitting all arts organizations. The model was reproduced two years later by the London Barbican who now run the “London Children’s Film Festival”.

Raindance consulted on the creation of the Berlin Talent Campus and created Raindance East supported by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (now the independently run East End Film Festival).

The rest of the year at Raindance 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.

Raindance set up the Independent Film Trust in 2006, a charity to help support the film festival, the BIFA awards as well as film training for disadvantaged kids. In 2007 Raindance.TV was launched, an online IPTV channel which has supported the online distribution of hundreds of features and shorts, with views topping 1 million in its first 6 months.

2010 saw the launch of a limited theatrical distribution of Raindance hits through Apollo Cinemas.

Our filmmaking publications are published internationally, translated into French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Portugese and Italian and are an essential on most university reading lists.

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Key Milestones

Film Festival Archive

1992:  Raindance founded by filmmakers, for filmmakers

Year round training courses (2,800 attended in 2006) attended by Guy Ritchie, Mathew Vaughn, Christopher Nolan, Paul Brooks (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and many others attend industry standard courses.

1993: Festival founded. Read the complete history.
UK Premieres include Blair Witch, Memento, Ghost World.

1997 - present: Raindance has produced 3 features, including The Living And The Dead (2006) which has won 11 international awards

1998: British Independent Film Awards founded.
Now considered by the British film industry to be the most important film event in the country. (“Time Out, Screen International and Variety”)
Supported by the whole independent industry from established filmmakers like Ken Loach, Ewan Macgregor and Michael Winterbottom to debutante filmmakers.

1999: Weekly newsletter launched, now reaches 26,000 and growing: half UK, 1/3 Europe, balance USA.
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2003: Nokia Shorts launched
Set a benchmark for user generated content with this innovative short film competition.

2005: Raindance Canada launched with offices in Toronto

2007: Raindance.tv founded

2008: 10th anniversary of BIFA at the Roundhouse

2010: Raindance opens offices in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Budapest, Berlin and Brussels

2011: Raindance launches a Post Graduate Degree in Independent Film and moves to a new office for the first time since 1993 - from Berwick Street in Soho to the crypt of St Georges Bloomsbury.

2012: Raindance becomes the second UK film festival to qualify for Oscar nominations.

2012: Raindance opens the Raindance Film Centre in Trafalgar Square at 10 Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE.

2013: Raindance Raw Talent re-launched with feature Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. and The Quiet Hour.

2014: Due to the BFI support, Raindance Film Festival attendance rocketed up 41%. Also, The Telegraph became the festival's media partner.