FAQ - Raindance



About Raindance

What is Raindance Film Festival?

The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. We showcase features, shorts, web series and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for film.

Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards.Recipients of the festival’s qualifying awards (Best Animation Short/Best Documentary Short/Short of the Festival) will be eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film/Documentary Short Film/Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Short films that play in competition and all British features that play in 2021 will be eligible for entry for the 2021 British Independent Film Awards BIFA.

Amongst others, Raindance has hosted the UK premieres of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Blair Witch Project, Dead Man’s Shoes, Memento, Humpday, Love Exposure, Ghost World, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace, I Origins and Old Boy. Our programming receives plaudits from press and public alike.

Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed.

Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Armando Iannucci, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Amy Hubbard, Alice Lowe, Tom Waits, Vicky McClure, Sheridan Smith and Martin Freeman.

Current patrons of Raindance include Terry Gilliam, Mike Figgis, Ewan McGregor, Michael Winterbottom, and Marky Ramone.

When is RDFF?

Raindance Film Festival takes place in Central London each autumn. The 28th Raindance runs from 28 October – 7 November 2020.

What role does RDFF play in supporting the film within a community?

We promote and exhibit independent film through the annual 12-day festival in the heart on London’s buzzing West End district, giving indie films a wider platform to reach larger audiences of film-lovers and film industry professionals, including distributors and sales agents, that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. We also have a nascent production company, Raindance Raw Talent, which produces films from submitted screenplays.

We have a very active community of Raindance Members, who get special access to exclusive online content and events throughout the year, including monthly meet-ups for filmmakers and film-lovers, the film festival, and the British Independent Film Awards (also founded by Raindance founder Elliot Grove), as well as discounts on our evening and weekend film training courses, taught by seasoned, working filmmakers. Through the Raindance “eco-system”, currently with ten hubs located in major cities across Europe and North America, we connect filmmakers around the world.

The Raindance blog is regularly updated with filmmaking tips, advice and insight, as well as interviews with independent filmmakers.

What is something people look forward to every year at Raindance?

Raindance Film Festival prides itself on its bold programming, having over the years brought films that include Pulp Fiction, The Blair Witch Project, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace and Ghost World to UK audiences, one thing that people always look forward to at Raindance is discovering a new cinematic gem from an emerging filmmaker. In 2015, for example, two UK features that premiered at the festival went on to receive British Independent Film Awards nominations, and one of the short films was nominated for the Best Documentary, Short Subject award at the Academy Awards.

Through the whole host of events that we put on in addition to screenings – networking events, panel discussions, Q&As – Raindance is a great place to meet other filmmakers from around the world, and many collaborations have even been born out of filmmakers meeting at the festival. For three years out of the past four, we have been named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”, which is a testament to not only the astounding range of talent that we showcase on the big screen during the festival, but also what we offer filmmakers in terms of their festival experience.

How long has Raindance been running?

The first Raindance Film Festival took place in October 1993, however, the very first Raindance event was in April 1992.

What do audiences take away from the festival?

We want audiences to appreciate and enjoy the films we have curated, of course. But we also want them to feel refreshed, inspired, challenged, and to raise questions and have discussions about what they’ve watched.

About Submissions

How can I submit my film?

Submissions are open via filmfreeway only. Films must be submitted via online screener.

When is the submission deadline?

Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline  Feature Fee Shorts Fee Music Video Fee
24 April 2020 Early Deadline £55 £25 £25
22 May 2020 Regular Deadline £70 £35 £35
6 July 2020 Late Deadline £100 £50 £50
What are Raindance policies regarding refunds?

Submission fees are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Can I submit more than one film?

Yes. You can submit more than one project. Just start a new film submission process each time.

Can I submit a rough cut?

Raindance accepts work-in-progress cuts. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible as we will only preview the first submitted cut.

If your film is selected for the festival, you will be required to supply an exhibition copy of the final cut of your film.

What is the Raindance policy for Features?

Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online.

What is the Raindance policy for Shorts?

There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.