Filmmaking can sometimes lead to the depths of isolation. Every waking moment is spent chained to a never-ending film project. The inability to edit one’s own life is undeniably frustrating. Unshakeable focus and unwavering passion can generate feelings of captivity.
This solitary darkness can be soothing to the artistic soul, for sure.
You know what else is good for the artist? A colossal party brimming with fellow film enthusiasts. But where on earth would you find all these film lovers under the same roof at the same time?
On Wednesday 1st May, Raindance is throwing you a party: The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.
Put on your best threads, leave your basement and join us for a night of frivolous tomfoolery designed to support and acknowledge Independent Film.
If you still need some prying away from all that hard work, here is a list of five reasons to join us.
If you are amused by people who find film trivia too abstract or people who find commentary on every feature/short/documentary/Game of Thrones episode irritating beyond belief, fear not! We have rustled up a space for you and your fellow film aficionados to join together to talk about all things film. If you’ve been banned from speaking at the dinner table then welcome to your arena of adoring listeners.
If you are one of the lucky few who hasn’t managed to offend your friends/family/colleagues/pets with your inane film chatter, of course, you are also welcome.
There is also Cannes to think of. If you are heading off to France in a couple of weeks time and would like to make some allies on home ground before the departure, this could be the time. Alternatively, if you want to forge the path for years to come or meet some British filmmakers who are a part of Cannes, the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball is a great night for making friends.
As well as throwing you a great big old party, we’re going to give you some things as well.
At the Independent Ball, there will be a raffle with prizes from some of the top companies in the film business, totalling over £7,000! There will be some lovely people wandering around at the beginning of the evening selling tickets for the raffle. Find out about the prizes here.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to Emerging Filmmaker’s Day at the 27th Raindance Film Festival. Launched in 2018 as a day of free events aimed at 18 to 25 year-old filmmakers, the aim is to expand the initiative to a programme of free events across the 2019 edition of the festival, including masterclasses, workshops with industry experts, networking sessions and free screenings of cult indie films.
Last year’s Emerging Filmmaker’s Day included a screening and Q&A organised by VICE Film School, a Pitching Skills class with Raindance Founder Elliot Grove, and special guest Amanda Seyfried, who presented her recent short Holy Moses.
4. The Party
Everyone loves a party, especially one that is held at one of the most famous entertainment venues in London: Café de Paris. Everyone knows that the film industry has the best parties, and everyone knows that Raindance has the best parties in the film industry because we’re not snooty.
Louise Brooks made history when she worked at the Café de Paris in December 1924, introducing the Charleston to London. Other famous guests have included Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly.
Look at the guest list!
Special guests may include:
- Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Ready Player One)
- Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, Fortitude)
- Craig Roberts (Submarine, Neighbors)
- Jacqueline Jossa (EastEnders)
- Shona McGarty (EastEnders)
- Romola Garai (Atonement, Suffragette)
- Lucy Fallon (Coronation Street)
- Karen Bryson (Shameless)
- Poojah Shah (Bend it Like Beckham, EastEnders)
- Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, Misfits)
- Camilla Arfwedson (The Duchess, Holby City)
- Max Bowden (Waterloo Road, EastEnders)
- Cara Horgan (The Death of Stalin, Traitors)
- Ash Hunter (The Secret Agent, Death in Paradise)
- Alexander Arnold (Save Me, Skins)
- Richard Cambridge (Hollyhoaks, The IT Crowd)
Let’s make new history on the 1st May!
5. The Band
Live Act by Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm
Get set to be blown away by DJ, singer and frontman Natty Congeroo & The Flames of Rhythm. A sizzling sextet of killer diller thrillers, mixing red hot swing, jazz, rhythm & blues, this is the live show that’ll have hands clappin’ & feet tappin’!
6. The Theme
Fitting perfectly with the venue, this year’s ball is back for a swing-era special, inspired by 1930s and ’40s musicals – think Broadway Melody and Top Hat, or more contemporary reinterpretations such as La La Land. Get some outfit ideas here, and make sure to add these classic musicals to your viewing list.
What are you waiting for?
Buy your tickets before it’s too late!