99 Minute Film School - Introductory Filmmaking Class Raindance London


99 Minute Film School

(53 customer reviews)


  • Start a fact-filled trip from the projection booth
  • Core filmmaking essentials explained
  • Create a plan to launch your film career
  • Discover red carpet secrets

Next date: Tuesday 18th May, 19:00 – 20:45 UK time

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About 99 Minute Film School

Can you learn filmmaking in a single evening?
Of course not. But you can learn some essential ingredients professional filmmakers use.
You’d be surprised how much you can learn about making films and the film industry in just 99 minutes!

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. In 99 Minutes you’ll learn dozens of tangible tips on everything from sourcing your film crew, marketing your film and finding work on film sets.

Whether you are a film lover, or filmmaker, your appreciation of how the film industry works will be greatly enhanced.

What will it cover?

By the end of 99 minutes, you have an introductory understanding of:

  • How films are marketed
  • Essential ingredients you need to turn yourself into a cult filmmaker
  • Shooting tips
  • Getting your film seen
  • Social media basics for filmmakers
  • The career ladder

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 your tutor, Elliot Grove

Ways You Can Help Raindance

Few people know more filmmakers than Elliot Grove, the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006 an d the SXSW 2019 Grand Jury Prize Winner, Alice.

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

FAQ’s about 99 Minute Film School

  • What inspired the 99 Minute Film School?
    Our founder, Elliot Grove, has had no formal film training. When he started the Raindance Film Festival he realised that most people had no idea what happened after the film was made. He designed the 99 Minute Film School to explain to filmmakers and film lover alike how the marketing process works.
  • Do I need to be a filmmaker to take this course?
    Absolutely not. Although we hope that the insider tips and tricks professional filmmakers use will not destroy your movie-making experience! Most tell us that this makes their movie-going experience richer.
  • Is this class useful for screenwriters?
    We believe that the more anyone knows about the entire filmmaking process, the better they will be able to create marketable work.

Did you know?

  • Raindance members attend 99 Minute Film School FREE. You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately
  • 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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About 99 Minute Film School

  • Start a fact-filled trip from the projection booth
  • Core filmmaking essentials explained
  • Create a plan to launch your film career
  • Discover red carpet secrets

Next date: Tuesday 18th May, 19:00 – 20:45 UK time
Address: Online via Zoom

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Next date: Tuesday 18th May, 19:00 – 20:45 UK time
Address: Online via Zoom
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53 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

  32. Paul (verified owner)

    The ’99 Minute Film School’ was a really illuminating evening in regard to the film industry and means with which to market yourself. It’s inspiring and full of great stories, delivered with expertise, experience and humour by Elliot Grove.

  33. Henry Hayward (verified owner)

    Top notch talk from Eliot. He is engaging, easy to listen to and has a plethora of wisdom and useful information to impart with regards to making films with not much or even no money at all. Highly recommend.

  34. Daniel Shehata (verified owner)

    Took it a second time just to be inspired – and it worked!

  35. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    99 Minutes that leave you wanting to turn all your ideas into film. Elliot has that super-power.

  36. Peter Field (verified owner)

    Eliot Grove’s 99-minute introduction to the film industry and filmmaking flew by with a generous and amusing spirit.

  37. Madhawa Thirimanna (verified owner)

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

  38. Madhawa Thirimanna (verified owner)

    An excellent session, both useful and entertaining – Thank you Elliot, you are the best

  39. Scott Kettner (verified owner)

    Awesome. Just do it and stop wishing and wanting. I was in the same boat but this course helps you from a starting point and going into the next chapter to start your dreams. Sign up to be a member as well.

  40. Swati Chugh (verified owner)

    Elliot is a master storyteller and more than that he inspires others to be storytellers too ! 99 minutes passed by so fast you don’t even realise and that is the power of a great orator who engages and connects with the audience brilliantly. Elliot talked in detail about film festivals, press kits and really useful tips and nuances. So it was not just about how to reach the best film festivals but also what to do once you reach there. How to ensure you get the best outcome from the festivals and more importantly how to sell your movies in the best possible manner. The session had me all pepped up and want to strive harder and make more movies with the end goal in sight !

  41. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    A precise and detailed talk about filmmaking, from the writing of a script to the marketing and the distribution of the film itself, until, perhaps, the possible stop on the red carpet with Catherine Deneuve as Mae West is no more. From the reunion of various elements – a camera, a sound system, locations and of course actors – and the contacts with the right people – in particular with the head of acquisitions and the head of programming during a festival – will depend the success of a film. The “99 minutes” session manages to offer a complete panorama of the film industry whilst enabling us to know which area of the industry we would like to explore further. This is very useful for everyone including late starters and total debutantes like me. Surprisingly big money is not necessarily needed to fulfil your ambition considering that Claude Chabrol made his first movie with family savings, that Claude Lelouch is currently filming for almost nothing with his iPod and that Roger Corman made so many excellent films on a shoe string, even perhaps on a wing and a prayer as Anglophones say, nevertheless managing to produce such little masterpieces as his few adaptations for the screen of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, with the wonderful Vincent Price, one of my favourite actors with his refined diction, elegant appearance and almost gay good looks although Pierre my gay friend tells me that all men would not necessarily find the latter comment to be a compliment. I did appreciate very much this energetic and encouraging lecture, a mixture of personal and general information, anecdotes and professional advice. I could only notice that whilst Elliot Grove, the speaker, also the founder of Raindance himself was taking 99 minutes to analyse an entire industry, some other services providers and competitors are waiting for ideas, altruism and talent, like I am waiting for Godot and the restoration of Notre Dame.

    Beatrice Colbrant

  42. Richard (verified owner)

    This was very informative and explained very well by Elliot. These 99 minutes flew past as the course was full of useful information which increased my motivation even more. This is a lot information explained well enough to easily understand. I would recommend anyone getting into film to sign up and become a member

  43. Gabriella Niles-Ewen (verified owner)

    A really enjoyable class with Elliot – he’s a really great guy with a fascinating story. I felt I gained a huge amount of knowledge to help prepare me for the film industry and I learnt more in these 99 minutes than I have done at university. It was well taught, insightful and extremely helpful. Thank you!

  44. Zarel Smith

    Very fascinating, and descriptive. Grove gave very good advice, and I will definitely not only remember it, but use it too. I have looked a lot online for tips on filmmaking, however one-on-one is way simpler to understand, and I have genuinely learned a lot more in these ninety-nine minutes with Grove than I have spending countless hours looking online for any tips I could, without a doubt it was worth what I paid.

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    Elliot Grove

    Thanks for your kind words Zarel, and I hope to see you and/or your film at Raindance soon!

  46. alexiane.cazenave (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed the class with Elliot, not only was it really interesting and full of practical and useful tips, but it was also refreshing and I left the class super motivated! It changed my day!

  47. Olivia Haart (verified owner)

    We had a lovely evening with Elliot learning the tips and tricks to get your short film noticed! It was incredibly informal and getting the chance to chat with other aspiring film makers was a real bonus.

  48. Alexander Fyfe (verified owner)

    An evening well spent. It was great to get some tips and tricks to help with the whole process. Elliot was great and really helpful, I’d definitely recommend!

  49. Emily Stanley (verified owner)

    Fantastic evening with Elliot. Learned some very valuable tips and lots about the production process. Highly recommend. I can’t wait to continue my courses at Raindance

  50. Caroline Lowe

    A truly inspirational session.. enlivening and motivating!
    Elliot imparts the best inside advice and strategies from his first hand knowledge and lifetime of experience in the industry.. . This course will enrich you with priceless insider tips and enough motivation to kick you into action! A natural storyteller and motivator bursting with passion for his craft, Elliot will inform, entertain and encourage you to launch your creative passion projects..

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    Elliot Grove

    BLUSH – and thanks for attending. Best for your design work – what I have seen is amazing!

  52. Floris Vermeir

    I was pleasantly surprised by Elliot Grove storytelling and the practical insights that he shared. He was really inspiring and his encouragement is much appreciated!! If you need some extra motivation to make a movie then you should watch this. I strongly recommend it.

  53. William Lowe

    A very uplifting evening led by Elliot. I really appreciated Elliot’s knowledge, passion, and the way he conveys that there is a potential film maker in us all…! All very valuable and refreshing.

  54. Vasiliki Antonopoulou (verified owner)

    An absolute kick of motivation. Elliot Grove generously shares his insights, getting down to the core of the practicalities of making an indie film. Cannot recommend enough.

  55. Alan Hamwan (verified owner)

    The session was absolutely packed with information, thanks Elliot.

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