Raindance Film Festival 2020 Explained - Raindance

Before you dig into this years Raindance Film Festival Programme, you may have some questions about how it will work. Find out below how to access our hybrid festival.

What are the changes to Raindance Film Festival this year?

Raindance brings you an entirely new way at looking at and appreciating the very best of independent cinema from around the world. We are excited to be offering this year’s festival all around the UK, with limited content available worldwide. 

Due to COVID-19, Raindance Film Festival 2020 will take place primarily online, with our programme of films and immersive experiences available free of charge. But we will ask audiences to consider donating through our website so we can continue to champion independent filmmakers.

You can experience the festival via virtual premieres, live Q&As with international filmmakers and industry panels through the Raindance Player, powered by Shift72. 

How do I buy tickets for the 28th Raindance Film Festival?

You can purchase tickets for screenings online at cinema.raindance.org  The festival will not be held at a cinema space so tickets cannot be purchased in person.

Tickets go on sale on  Wednesday 16 September up before the films become available on our platform between 28 October to 07 November. See full programme for details. 

For galas and live screenings at Raindance and our venue partners, check our websites for booking information. All Galas and live events are ticketed separately. 

How much is the Raindance Pass?

The All-Access Digital Pass is £19.99 and available for purchase now.. This pass will grant you access to all the virtual features, shorts, Q&As and industry events offered on Raindance Player. 

The pass does not include access to in-person galas or events, including the Opening Night gala. These are separate ticketed events, with a strictly limited capacity to adhere to social-distancing and venue guidelines, with masks to be worn at all times. 

How much are tickets?

Individual virtual premieres on Raindance Player will have a suggested donation of £5 for all viewers, with an alternative free option to watch the films. But we will ask audiences to consider donating through our website so we can continue to champion independent filmmakers.

Ticket prices to in-person galas or events will vary, check our website for more information.

Will there be in-person events this year?

Whilst the entire programme and industry talks will be hosted online, a range of in-person events will be available during the festival. Please see our Live-events page for updated information.  

Will there be Q&A sessions this year?

The world’s best independent talent from around the world may not grace the red carpet this year, but Raindance is still your chance to hear from leading directors, writers and actors. Online premieres will be accompanied by an introduction or post-film Q&A with talent involved in the film.

How do I watch films at home via Raindance Player?

We are excited to be offering this year’s festival all around the UK, with limited content available worldwide. To stream, you must have internet access and a Raindance Player compatible device. (desktop, tablet, smartphone, chromecast) You cannot download films. 

Virtual feature-film screenings are available to view in the UK only. International audiences can access the rest of the content including short films, industry events and the virtual reality experiences (provided you have a compatible VR headset for this, visit www.viveport.com).

Raindance Player can be played on: PC; Mac; iOS devices — iPhone and iPad; Android mobile and tablet devices.

When can I watch the films I’ve purchased at home?

All virtual premieres and screenings will have a countdown until their release time. You will need to hit play and wait for the countdown to finish or miss out on seeing this film.

Some films will have specific premiere and repeat schedules times, while other films will be available throughout the festival. Please check the full programme. 

Why do you have different restrictions around viewing times and windows on different films?

Each film has its own festival screening agreements. These are unique requirements of that film, based on their own rights positions.

Age restrictions

All films at Raindance are 18+



Raindance aims to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers.

From new and emerging to industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports, and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

The Raindance Film Festival runs each Autumn in London's Leicester Square.

Raindance has been delivering film training since 1992. A wide range of Open Classes to a 2 year HND Level 5 BTEC in Moving Images to a Postgraduate Film Degree are delivered to students on five continents, both in person and online.