99-Minute Film School

Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
(20 customer reviews)


Next date: Tuesday 15 January, 18:30-20:30
One evening
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE or Online
Members get one free place, non members will be admitted at full price

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About 99-Minute Film School

Of course, we can’t teach you everything there is to know about filmmaking in 99 minutes, but you’d be surprised how much you can learn about making films and the film industry in just a single evening. The 99-minute film school will run through the core essentials you will need to make a film and create a plan to launch your career, with dozens of tangible tips on everything from sourcing your film crew, marketing your film and finding work on film sets.

What will it cover?

By the end of the class, you have an introductory understanding of:

  • Finding a viable script
  • Sourcing cast and crew
  • Shooting tips
  • Getting your film seen
  • Social media basics for filmmakers
  • The career ladder
  • Distribution and exhibition
  • Money and how to get paid

Who is it for?

99-Minute Film School is suitable for people new to filmmaking, as well as those with some knowledge and experience looking to gain a better understanding of working in the film industry.

About the tutor

Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over hundreds of short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking (Focal Press 2013) and 130 Projects to Get You Into Filmmaking (Barrons 2009). In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education. Elliot also teaches the Screenwriters’ Foundation Certificate, Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Write and Sell the HOT Script classes at Raindance.

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  • This course is also FREE for our HND and postgraduate/MA/ students
  • The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know at the break and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund

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20 reviews for


99-Minute Film School

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Eliot provides an entertaining and informative evening on the highs and lows of film making. His knowledge and experience will inspire any budding filmmaker and no doubt refresh a few key points for those already in the business. A great introduction and recommended for anyone thinking about Raindance courses, or who simply want find out more about this precarious but exciting industry. I progressed on to the Producers course as part of setting up my own production company, Ashton House Films, and I’d also highly recommend that course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was my first lecture with Elliot and I greatly admired his elegant, vibrant and engaging style. The lecture was packed with gems of information only an experienced insider can provide and many funny anecdotes along the way. A real eye opener for someone trying to break into the industry. He gave us plenty of practical advice and tips about many aspects of the industry and how to approach different situations

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucy Linger

    It’s incredible what Elliot manages to pack into 99 minutes. So many great tips, anecdotes and help demystifying the film world. I have put lots of it into practice and have a meeting with an acquisitions director this Friday. Didn’t know what one was before the 99 minute film school! Highly recommend.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Cain Aldred (verified owner)

    A very warm and welcoming class that set the tone for any future courses to come. I found Elliot to be a friendly tutor and the information given in the class was useful. All good.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Serena (verified owner)

    Elliot really is a masterful teacher. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable in all things Film, he is an expert story teller and guides you through the process of making films while interweaving the class with helpful stories from his own experience. Extremely helpful and insightful. Highly recommended

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marina Barabanova (verified owner)

    An excellent session, both useful and entertaining – a rare combination. Thank you Elliot, you are the best!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    lewis_cromwell (verified owner)

    I left motivated, happy and well-informed, Elliot teaches and reinforces everything from his experienced perspective with a charm that would appeal to everyone! Both highly informative and fun, absolutely worth it.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Daniel Grasskamp (verified owner)

    What better way to spend an evening than listening to Eliott share some of the industry’s best-kept secrets.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Illy (verified owner)

    I was pleasantly surprised to meet such a fascinating man as Elliot Grove. I could hear him talk endlessly. I left the class wanting to learn and hear more from Elliot’s experience and knowledge. Highly recommended for inexperienced as well as experienced film professionals

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very different from other film courses, talked about the practical side of the industry, want to learn and know more.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel Morgan (verified owner)

    I thought it was an excellent introduction to the film industry with plenty of useful insights. Elliot is an excellent speaker and I remained engrossed throughout. The best thing about it was just how motivating it was. Afterwards you feel that urge to continue learning and start making films. Highly recommended.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simon Birks (verified owner)

    Good practical knowledge from Elliot. It was a free course since I’m a member, which made it even better. Was a few interesting topics that I took away and will build on. Recommended.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Bonella (verified owner)

    Elliot’s pragmatic approach to supporting the film maker is utterly wonderful and refreshing. His advice is perfectly tailored for the current film climate and his teaching style a much needed breath of fresh air. Attend at least one course to change your future.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Stollenmaier (verified owner)

    I was unsure what to expect from this course before I attended, but I learnt an awful lot, that a first time film maker would never think to prioritise. Elliot’s delivery of the course was very engaging, and left you wanting to hear more from him. He is a master story teller. I am looking forward to the next course with Elliot.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    vida zukauskas (verified owner)

    Great information let motivated and inspired

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Hillary Shakespeare (verified owner)

    A really useful whirlwind tour of press kits and marketing for your film that is not often covered. More of this kind of thing would be helpful!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malgorzata Wiktor (verified owner)

    I found the class really interesting. It covered important information about film industry and you hear about useful tips concerning marketing and festivals. I would definitely recommend it. Elliot Grove is very motivating and shares his knowledge with humour and passion.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lois-Amber Toole

    Exciting crash course into the film industry, covering all key elements. I found the marketing strategies most interesting as well as pitching with press kits. Elliot is so entertaining to listen to – what better way to discuss creating stories than telling his own stories along the way! 5 stars.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicolas C (verified owner)

    There was a lot of knowledge that is not really available elsewhere and proves that Elliot talks out of first hand experience.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Spikeschip (verified owner)

    Fantastic class with lots of insightful tips, linked to real world examples of the types of areas that those setting out in a filmmaking career may not have even considered but could be cruicial to making your film a success and getting it noticed. Elliot Grove has a fantastic presenting style and is engaging and easy to listen to. Highly recommend this class.

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