Become A Raindance Patron


Over the past 26 years, Raindance has grown to be the biggest independent film festival in Europe, attracting the boldest and freshest voices in cinema worldwide year after year.

Raindance is a platform for emerging filmmakers and creators, regardless of who they are or where they are from.

It takes a community to make a movie, and even a larger community to sustain and support the independent spirit we keep alive at Raindance.

We need you to make it happen. Join Raindance as a patron. Make a real difference to the festival you love.



A patron plays a very important role in the changes we wish to implement in the film industry. We value the support that we are given and want you to be a part of our future. By supporting Raindance, you are supporting emerging talent and leaving a stamp in the history of film. You can become an integral part of the Raindance spirit and have access to events that feature artists who are working effortlessly to tell stories which change the world.

Raindance patrons receive unrivalled access to the Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, plus year round benefits.

We continuously follow the latest trends in technology, the film industry and most importantly the world around us. Raindance is pleased to be able to give a platform to emerging filmmakers and creators. 

During the 26th Raindance Film Festival in 2018 and with very little budget, we were proud to host events and panels in which professionals discussed the future and current state of the film industry and the diversity it deserves to represent, including #TIMESUP, BAME Casting, Disability, Emerging FilmmakersQueer Cinema, and the F-Rated Programme celebrating female filmmakers.

To continue our mission to promote diversity in the film industry and to discover the brightest and most talented filmmakers who will make this industry a better place, we need help of our patrons.

Raindance is responsible for the resurgence of filmmaking in the UK and deserves your support
Ken Loach

As a patron, you gain access to:

  • The British Independent Film Awards, which aim to highlight and reward the best, most innovative and creative independent filmmaking and filmmakers in the UK
  • Raindance’s Independent Filmmakers Ball, a fundraising event with proceeds going to the 27th Raindance Film Festival, and in particular to our Emerging Filmmaker’s Day, a day of free events aimed at 16-25 year old young filmmakers.
  • Raindance Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent film festival. Patrons can choose to promote a film, filmmaker or topic that they are passionate about by sponsoring the screening

The Raindance Film festival and the British Independent Film Awards make a unique and very special contribution to the UK. They should be taken very seriously.
Mike Leigh

£250 patron £500 patron £1000 patron £2500 patron £5000 patron
Membership x1 x2 x2 x4 x4
Discounted Courses  20%   20%  20% 30% 30%
BIFA After Party x1 x2 x4 x2 x4
BIFA Dinner x1 x2
Independent Filmmakers Ball x1 x2 x4 Table Table
Raindance Film Festival Pass x2 x2 x2 x4
Sponsor a screening Yes Yes

Membership: 1-Year Raindance Membership, giving you free access to classes and networking events, free online script library and resources for filmmakers, free one-to-one filmmaking consultation with Raindance founder Elliot Grove, and members-exclusive discounts. Already existing Members will have their Membership extended for one year when purchasing a Patron Package.

Discounted courses: 20% or 30% off on all Raindance courses and events.

BIFA After Party: Entry to the British Independent Film Awards after party in December 2019 – your only chance to party the night away with the best British indie film talent.

BIFA Dinner: Full access to the British Independent Film Awards in December 2019. Join the Raindance table to enjoy pre-ceremony dinner with special guests and to attend the awards ceremony. Ticket includes entry to the after party.

Independent Filmmakers Ball: Exclusive access to the Patrons’ Balcony at the Independent Filmmakers Ball at Café de Paris on 1st May 2019.

Raindance Film Festival Pass: VIP festival pass with access to all the festival screening and events, including the Opening, Awards and Closing Galas at the 27th Raindance Film Festival (18 – 29 September 2019).

Sponsor a screening: Adopt a Raindance film and get your name next to the selected film in the catalogue, as well as before the opening titles for the screening.

To find out more about the patron packages and the various ways in which you can support Raindance as a patron, please contact David Martinezdavid@raindance.co.uk or call us on 0207 930 3412