I started Raindance on my own in April 1992. I worked hard for the first few weeks. But I wasn’t on my own for long. I was shortly joined by some amazing people who shared the load. Early Raindancers were Edgar Wright, Maxim Jago, Clive Durrant, Malou Bonicos and Jamie Greco. I am still in touch with them all today.
Those first Raindancers each contacted me and asked if what they could do to help. It wasn’t glamourous. It still isn’t. A lot of heavy lifting of boxes and chairs and leaflets. But the work got done.
Flash forward nearly three decades, and Raindance has grown beyond anything I had ever expected. Our Higher Education programme, our open classes, our membership scheme and of course the Raindance Film Festival itself.
Things were going really well until the public health crises. And everything Raindance threatened to tumble down like a house of cards. Except for one thing – and that’s you – our members, our fans, our students and our lovers of all things independent.
So here I am at Raindance offering you the chance to help Raindance again. Over the years Raindance has applied for public funding (and been declined) a staggering 38 times. We have learned to not just survive, but thrive. And that is thanks to you – the lovers and creators of independent film.
The heavy lifting isnt kilos and pounds like it was in 1992. This time it’s pixels and bytes! Here’s how you can help to secure Raindance:
Seven Ways You Can Help Raindance
Some of these asks might seem trivial because they take so little effort. But let me tell you: Every little effort helps Raindance.
7. Go onto our social media and like a Raindance post
How many followers do you have? Want to get some new ones? It’s easy!
Go onto the Raindance social media and like our posts, tweet and stories.
It’s win-win – we each get more likes and followers! The stronger and larger the reach the easier it is for Raindance to achieve it’s goals of promoting independent film.
6. Join the conversation – comment on Raindance blog posts
One of the quickest and most effective way to become known as an ‘expert’ is to comment on other people’s blog posts. So here’s a really simple opportunity to help Raindance. Find a Raindance blog post you like and comment on it.
Don’t limit yorself to our blog posts. Google your favourite topic and comment when you see something that resonates with your vision or special interests. Don’t fall into the temptation of being negative. If you can’t make constructive criticism, move on.
If you go to the Raindance website and enter your favourite film topic in the search bar you’ll see what we’ve already published. We have loads and loads of film tips and tricks in our blog, nearly 2,000 articles written by people exactly like you.
Comments on our courses and blog posts help amplify Raindance’s ‘internet trust‘. This is win-win too – our internet ratings go up, and you get known as an expert in your field. You could even start by commenting on this blog post!
5. Raindance Live on Instagram
This might see frivolous. Why would anyone want to long onto Raindance Live on Instagram at 13:00 UK time? Would it be to meet and gret a variety of filmmakers from around the world? Would it be to network and find fellow collaborators? Or would it to be interviewed yourself?
Dunno! The choice is yours! Raindance Live on Instagram is here
4. Write a blog post
Fancy yourself an expert? Do you think you could talk intelligently for 800 – 1000 words? Do you have insights into any filmmaking ot storytelling situation? Could you follow the Raindance blog post guidelines?
If so, why not write for Raindance? Our website is small by BFI or indiewire.com standards. we only get 5-8,000 visitors a day. This means a few hundred people would likely read your blog on the Raindance website per day.
It also means that the Raindance website will get more visitors, and thus more internet trust. And through your great posts we at Raindance find collaborators too. It’s yet another win-win.
3. Dip into our film training courses
No one should ever think they can learn filmmaking at Raindance. Although we have had a film school since 1992, we don’t teach filmmaking. Instead, we make filmmakers.
Our innovative film education programme is both online and in-person. You can come and take a one-hour Lockdown Session, or a two-year Level 5 Higher Education Degree (HND), a BA, or knuckle down and get a MA in Filmmaking.
Many well-known filmmakers have taken our courses. Why not add your name to the list?
2. Join Raindance
Ok, I’m asking you for money. Not a lot – just £50/30 concs a year. It’s not a freebie – we do offer lots in return. Free Lockdown Sessions. Festival submission discounts. Plus juicey discounts on our courses and events.
You don’t beed to be a filmmaker or screenwriter to benefit from joining Raindance. You do need to love independent spirit. You need to love the types of films that Raindance champions. The are the voices of passion, the voices of the underdog, the downtrodden. Raindance heralds the whistleblower alerting us to corruption and danger. These are the films we show at the Raindance Film Festival. We will always count on your support to make this festival happen. In this year of global public health crises Raindance #28 will happen – no if’s, no but’s. We aren’t sure the exact format yet, but we do know it will be robust and innovative. And for this we need your support.
Your membership fees allow us to do things we wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. So thanking you in advance for joining Raindance here.
You can join and take advantage of all the filmmaker goodies.
Or sit quietly on the sidelines knowing that your contribution has helped make Raindance happen.
1. Discover. Be discovered.
The best way you can help Raindance is to make a fantastic film and get it out there. Or write the kind of prestige script that makes a prestige, award-winning film.
When you do, we will shout your name from our rooftops and proclaim:
…Your name here… was discovered at Raindance
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