Coming-of-Age films to watch at Raindance Film Festival 2020 - Raindance

Coming-of-age stories explore the awkward transition into adulthood and finding one’s own voice. Raindance Film Festival 2020 showcases cringe-inducing, gut-wrenching stories of people growing into themselves, carrying universal moments for every viewer to relate to and reflect for themselves who they were then, and who they are now.

Here Are the Young Men

Screening on Sat 7 Nov at Vue West End | Book your ticket

Raindance Film Festival 2020 closes with the UK Premiere of Here Are the Young Men at the Vue West End cinema in Leicester Square.

Starring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Emma), Dean-Charles Chapman (1917Game Of Thrones), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Vikings), the film tells the story of three Dublin teenagers who get caught up in a spiral of drinking and drugs with devastating consequences.


FOMO – Fear of Missing Out

Available on-demand 28 Oct-7 Nov | Watch it here

Teenage friends Gergö, Patrik, Bandi and Ábris are into three things: partying, sex and their online following. One night, at a drunken house party, vulnerable Lilla falls victim to the boys. A dare gets out of hand and the youngsters’ world changes forever overnight.


Screening online Wed 4 Nov at 7:30pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Fri 6 Nov at 12 noon

Two teenage friends deal with some very grown-up problems in this fresh and hilarious dramatic comedy. Kat and Janet are two small-town misfits facing the pressures of sex, drugs, gun-crazy janitors, time-travelling boyfriends and (weirdest of all) popularity, as they try to make it through their last year of high school.

Still from Atarctica film

Our Own

Screening online Tue 3 Nov at 7pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and Wed 4 Nov at 2pm

Ste-Adeline’s community has always stuck together but a scandal is about to send shock waves through this quiet little town. At the centre of the storm are Magalie, a teenager, Manuel, foster child of the mayor, and their powerless mothers. Is the town’s carefully maintained social veneer about to crack?

Still from Our Own film


Available on-demand 28 Oct-7 Nov | Watch it here

On an excruciatingly hot day in East Nigeria, a young boy learns the hard way that all actions have consequences. Troublemaker is a coming of age story about masculinity and violence. What are the devastating effects of war across different generations and on local communities?

Still from short film, Troublemaker


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

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