The Lockdown Sessions: The Truth is Not Your Friend

The Lockdown Sessions: Creating a festival strategy

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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional

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.

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3 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Creating a festival strategy

  1. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    Not Liza (Minnelli) with a “z” but Elliot (Grove) with “one t” as specified by the speaker, also the founder of the Raindance Film Festival himself. Not to be mistaken for Elliott with two “t” s then, who by the way was also a Dragon… Indeed this was no dragon’s matter with this interesting talk about festival strategies, a presentation of all you need to know about about the subject : how to take part in a festival, why, where, how, when etc, how to launch the film, how to sell it, how to get a good press agent etc., a sort of full Monty presentation aimed at would-be independent filmmakers. With Agnes Varda and John Cassavetes in mind I have always admired independent cinema just like I admire talent and courage generally. To plan the making of an independent film takes encouragements and trust and a platform like the Raindance Film Festival is fabulous. These very interesting lockdown sessions we are offered as members during these rather sad times make a big difference to our lives, increasing our knowledge whilst generating new hopes. And ever since I saw Guillaume Gallienne play “Lucrece Borgia” at the Comedie Francaise, I believe that anything is possible. Far from the too frequent mediocrity and vulgarity of the ordinary blockbusters independent cinema remains a precious gift to be treasured.

  2. Cian O’Leary (verified owner)

    Great session with some very useful tips on getting the word out about your film once you get it into festivals as well as which festivals you should be applying to in the first place.

  3. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    If you don’t know the 3 main things you will profit from attending a film festival, watch this masterclass, now!

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    Elliot Grove


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