Submissions - Raindance


Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 28th edition that will take place in Autumn 2021 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery.

How to Submit 

You can submit via Film Freeway here.

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Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline  Feature Fee Shorts Fee Music Video Fee
12 April 2021 Early Deadline £55 £25 £25
10 May 2021 Regular Deadline £70 £35 £35
14 June 2021 Late Deadline £100 £50 £50

15 September 2021 – notification date

All the submissions for Raindance Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

Raindance members get 50% off their first submission each year. Contact

FilmFreeway Gold Members get 10% off.

Categories for Submission

The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min), short films (under 45 min), music videos (under 6 min), 360/180 films and VR/AR/MR experiences (6Dof interactive or linear, CG or live action, under 120 min) and web series. Projects of all lengths and genres are welcome. Raindance Film Festival is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work that challenges the boundaries of filmmaking.


Selection Criteria

Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
– Quality of narrative and production values.
– Independent nature of the production.


Raindance will notify all submitting parties on 15 September 2021, in writingif their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

Screening Deliverables

All selected films, both shorts and long features, MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a backup Blu-ray. These can be sent both via post or digitally. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the DCP and Blu-ray. All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles files. 
Blu-ray will be used as backup only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats. 
A selected DCP must be received at Raindance no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date. 
Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Raindance aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Raindance assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.

Completion Date

To be eligible for Raindance 2021 your film must have been completed after 1 January 2019.

Features & Shorts Award Categories
The Raindance Jury Awards: 
– Best Director
– Best Screenplay
– Best Cinematography
– Best Performance
– Best International Feature
– Best UK Feature
– Best Documentary Feature
– Discovery Award
– Best Short of the Festival
– Best UK Short
– Best Documentary Short
– Best Animation Short
– Best Music Video

Special Awards:
– Film of the Festival
– Spirit of the Festival
Oscar Qualifying

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.