Independent film is exploding!

For 25 years Raindance has been bringing the brightest and best independent film to the core of London’s West End. This year is no different. A fresh crop of brash, fresh and bold new talent hits Raindance. Feast you eyes on films that are nothing like Hollywood.

If you are serious about being independent or serious about independent film you won’t be missing this year’s festival celebrating the best in independent film from around the world.

1. London’s first Virtual Reality Arcade

With most indie filmmakers moving to creating content for the internet, learn how this new technology platform enables independent filmmakers to make movies and make money.

A series of lectures and debates as well as screenings of a select handful of world premiere experiences makes this a ‘must-attend’ for anyone interested in this new film and distribution frontier.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday September 29 – October 1, noon til 7pm at the prestigious Hospital Club
Get your Virtual Arcade Tickets here

2. Want to make a movie?

Take a first timer suffering from a plethora of networking nerves, add in one of Europe’s busiest networking locations, sprinkle on a few quid of cash bar drinks and PRESTO – the opportunity to meet new collaborators of a lifetime.

You can buy individual tickets now but’s a lot cheaper to buy a Raindance Festival Pass.

3. Amazing Short Films

Raindance has always championed short films as the laboratory of cinema. Over the years we have shown well over 3,000 of these short gems, including early wortk by Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Gareth Edwards (Star Wars). We’ve 8 fantastic shorts programmes for you to enjoy. Remember that three Raindance shorts go onto the Oscars longlist: Best Animated, Best Documentary and Best Narrative Short.

Scope out the brightest and freshest new filmmaking talent

4. Live!Ammunition!

This is it! Your chance to pitch your idea for a movie directly to the people that matter: the people that decide which films get made and which get chosen to screen in cinemas and on TV.

Put a fiver in the hat and you get up to 2 minutes to convince the panel that yours is the next big thing. If you are boring they can and will gong you off. But they have to give you two good reasons why.

A tense and emotionally charged event that has launched many movies in it’s history, including ‘Meet The Parents’.

Friday 22 September 6:00pm Get your Live!Ammunition! tickets here [Free for Raindance members]

5. Web Series

We also have a stellar collection of Webseries pilots shown for the first time anywhere. These pilots were the best from the hundreds selected. Watch them, and all the events we’ve got planned as well, and engage in learning and networking.

Join us for a two-day Blowout of creativity and networking on Friday/Saturday 29/30 September

Read all about the Webseries programme here.

6. Great Documentaries

Raindance has garnered international acclaim for the quality of it’s documentaries. Also, being Raindance, these docs are unlikely to be seen anywhere else. Their subject matter and filmmaking style is far too contempory, and the topics too controversial, to be screened elsewhere.

Take the documentary tour and see what excites you here

Attend 25th Raindance.7. Get Partied Out!

We’ve never had more parties organised than this year. Our Opening Night Gala features the hottest indie film out there followed by the party of all parties featuring

Celebrate independent film on Wednesday September 2oth here

There’s 2 ways to attend:

1) with a Raindance Festival Pass
2) buy a Benefactors Package here [get behind the black curtain]

Cheapest way to Attend 25th Raindance

Do the maths: Tickets cost £13.00
Over 200 programmes and events
Earlybird Raindance Passes cost £49- £149 until August 20th
[members of Raindance always get the Earlybird price]
After August 20th Raindance Passes are £79 – £149

Attend all the screenings and events (except Opening and Closing night) for less than £1.00 per screening or event.

Get the lowdown. Attend 25th Raindance and Book Passes Online Here

Single tickets can be purchased from the box office now
book online here
– call the festival ticket hotline on 0207 930 3412
– at the Cinema Box Office at VUE Leicester Square from September 20th


Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance trailer 2017

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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