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“Raindance has done a very useful and very good job in promoting independent British cinema.”
Ken Loach

“I believe Raindance is where the future of filmmaking will come from.”
Joanna Lumley

Raindance Film festival and BIFA make a unique and very special contribution to the UK. They should be taken very seriously.
Mike Leigh

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Raindance runs fully accredited higher education
HND and Masters programmes.

Raindance Film Festival

The biggest indie film festival in the UK, showcasing
shorts, features, web series, music videos and VR.

Short Courses

Take a look at our range of world-renowned
evening and weekend film training courses.

HND and Masters Programmes

Raindance runs fully accredited higher education
HND and Masters programmes.

Raindance Film Festival

The biggest indie film festival in the UK, showcasing
shorts, features, web series, music videos and VR.

Raindance

The Home of Independent Film 

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world. Founded in 1992, it combines Raindance Film Festival, film training courses, and Raindance Higher Education. 

Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and it has been recognised by Variety as “one of the world’s top 50 unmissable film festivals”. Raindance showcases the boldest, freshest content from British and international filmmakers. Industry and the public attend cutting-edge panels, talks and workshops. ​Raindance is a qualifying festival for Oscars®, BAFTA and BIFA. 

Our training courses are at the heart of the Raindance structure, aiming to give individuals the tools to start shooting their film, and covering screenwriting, production, directing, and virtual reality. Moreover, ​Raindance has developed three fully accredited Higher Education Film Programmes, becoming the only major film festival in the world to offer higher education.

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