99 Minute Film School

(31 customer reviews)


Next date: Tuesday 21st January 2020, 18:30 – 20:30
One evening
Address: Raindance Film Training Centre, 10a Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE or Online
Members get one free place, non members will be admitted at full price
Concessions available: select your rate, proof of eligibility will be required

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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.

What they’re saying

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31 reviews for


99 Minute Film School

  1. Richard

    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. Elisa

    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. 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. 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. 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. Marina Barabanova (verified owner)

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

  7. 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. 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. 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. Cindy

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

  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. vida zukauskas (verified owner)

    Great information let motivated and inspired

  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  21. Jackie

    Elliot is an expert story teller. Very entertaining. Guided us through the process of film making. I left motivated. Highly recommended.

  22. Ryan Bartlett (verified owner)

    A brilliant and entertaining introduction to the industry that teaches a lot of tricks and tips about the business that many outside the class don’t know, and how to find the answers to succeed. Elliot teaches with sheer passion, wit and humour that’s infectious to everyone around him, and with an eagerness to share his knowledge and experience with others. That said, this quick crash course is both informative and unique, which in the end, motivates anyone who attends to keep pushing forward.

  23. jskinner04 (verified owner)

    This was engaging and informative, with some great stories included along the way, thanks Elliot!

  24. jskinner04 (verified owner)

    This was engaging and insightful. It left me with plenty to think about and the motivation to get a move on with making and selling films!

  25. Sadikur Rahman

    It was a pleasure meeting Elliot as he spoke about his experience in the film industry as well as gave us important knowledge about the film industry and how it works. Thank you.

  26. Joe Thomasson

    An amazing crash course for filmakers. The knowledge and experiences that Elliot passes on to the audience through this crash course is informative and useful, as well as fun and enjoyable.

  27. Angelisa Stein

    I just moved to London and I have been advised to take part in Raindance’s activities. I start giving lectures and now I want to do one of the courses with an intention to create a network with the local market! I’m really enjoying the lectures, the tools put at the disposal of the members and I hope to have some film of my own in the Raindance circuits!

  28. Diane Loren

    Fantastic course, I really recommend it. Elliot delivered a dynamic, fun and so useful. We’ve learnt a lot and left feeling motivated and inspired! Thank you!!

  29. Adrienn Lang (verified owner)

    I have found this course really interesting, I have learnt a lot! It was insightful, entertaining and covering key elements. Thank you!

  30. Alberto (verified owner)

    It is really worth spent time! Elliot teaches about the movie industry and gives suggestions about where to start to get in the field of work. He is very entertaining and knows how to tell stories putting them in a way like a chat between friends

  31. Julie Bevan

    An enjoyable and enlightening evening delivered with charm

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