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A festival run is a crucial step for your independent film to gain exposure to audiences and industry stakeholders. A well-executed festival run can raise your film’s profile and chances to get distribution. Learn how to create a festival strategy from the founder of the Raindance Film Festival himself, Elliot Grove.
What you will learn
- How to choose which festivals to submit to
- How to make the most of a festival screening
- How to avoid the pitfalls of a festival run
About Elliot Grove
Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He’s presided over the launch of some of Britain’s most interesting filmmakers. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990’s, David Yates (Harry Potter) Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Star Wars) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance. Ken Loach and Mike Leigh are patrons.
Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. He has produced over 700 short films, and 6 feature films. He’s written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS’ LAB: WRITE & SELL THE HOT SCREENPLAY(Focal Press 2008), RAINDANCE PRODUCER’S LAB: LO-TO-NO BUDGET FILMMAKING (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication next year. Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.
Elliot’s Saturday Film School is the most popular film class in Europe, taken by over 17,000 learners since it was launched in March 2011.
His 2014 feature, Deadly Virtues directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred) has been released in 8 territories and reached number 12 in the UK.