About Raw Talent production slate
Raw Talent is a new production initiative from Raindance. Led by Raindance founder Elliot Grove, Raw Talent wants independent films to thrive by enabling a filmmaker-centric approach to boost unique talent.
By filmmakers for filmmakers, Raindance Raw Talent intends to produce one to three feature films per year.
Have an idea that is unconventional, controversial, provocative? It may well find a home at Raw Talent. We accept edgy, socially relevant and intellectually/emotionally challenging projects. We welcome all genres, with the exception of blatant propaganda, while pornographic material should be avoided unless it explicitly serves the story.
Our only remits for submissions are passion for the project from the creators and the ability to work within our budgetary considerations with a mix of talented newcomers and established professionals.
We’ve now produced 6 feature films that are out on distribution and film festival cycles.
About the Raw Talent Submission Route
Everyone can submit a project via our dedicated online application form. All we ask is that the script be in the English language with industry standard formatting. Length should be between 80 to 120 pages.
Though we prefer original concepts we will also consider adaptations providing all rights have been pre-cleared.
Submission of a script implies that all available rights can be transferred to Raindance Raw Talent unencumbered.
For standard submissions there is a £15/€18/$20 fee. This should be paid in advance and is non-refundable so please ensure you are happy with your submission before pushing the send button.
Where possible we will endeavour to explain our judgement to allow you to improve your project but unfortunately we are not able to go into detail.
If you’d like a detailed evaluation of your script by a professional script reader regardless of the outcome the fee is £100/€120/$150. This can be used to take to financiers as evidence will also reduce turnaround time of the submission.
Your submission is confidential. The Raw Talent team will not forward your information or script to anyone outside our own team.
About the Raw Talent Production Approach
Budgets can range from £50,000 to £500,000 (including deferments).
Key crew members and leading actors will get a token cash fee and defer additional fees. Support crew members and day players will get a daily cash fee.
Raindance Raw Talent will only produce films made by a mix of experienced filmmakers and newcomers. We have designated 6 key functions: director, director of photography, production sound-engineer, art-director, editor, composer. A minimum of 3 of the previous have to be experienced professionals and either the director, or dop has to always be one of those.
Raindance Raw Talent will be the responsible producer. However other, outside, producers are welcome to become co-producers. Every production will employ an independent line-producer.
About the Raw Talent Funding
Raindance Raw Talent expects the principal “driving force” – be it the writer, director, leading actor or any (other) combination, to provide 20% of the cash budget before start of principal photography.
Raindance Raw Talent will be open to financiers using tax shelter incentives. We will sparsely use film-subsidies as they tend to be aligned to unavoidable red tape, content approval and time delays.
Raindance Raw Talent can assist with further financing from a variety of finance sources.
About Raw Talent Films’ After Life
Profits are shared with the key creators for a total of five years following a first public screening.
All films made receive a screening during the next upcoming Raindance Film Festival in London, and Raw Talent has a ‘first look’ understanding with numerous sales agents and companies in Europe that will be utilised from an early stage of development.
Now let’s make some great movies!