Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 26th edition that will take place from 19-30 September 2018 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 

Submissions are now open on FilmFreeway and Withoutabox.

Web Series can be submitted here.

Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline  Feature Fee Shorts Fee Music Video Fee
27 April 2018 Early Deadline £55 £25 £25
18 May 2018 Regular Deadline £70 £35 £35
01 June 2018 Late Deadline £100 £50 £50
08 June 2018 WAB Extended Deadline £150 £80 £80

31 August 2018 – notification date

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

Categories for Submission

The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min.), short films (under 45 min.), music videos (under 6 min), VR and AR experiences (under 25min) 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.

  • Narrative Feature
  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary Short
  • Animation Short
  • Music Video
  • LGBT (Feature)
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Experiences (Learn how to submit your short Virtual Film reality here)
  • Web Series can be submitted here (this year the Raindance Web Fest will be hosted online for the duration of the Raindance Film Festival (19 – 30 September) on the Raindance website).
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 31 August 2018, 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.

Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a back-up Blu-ray. (Except VR films)
Completion Date

To be eligible for Raindance 2018 your film must have been completed after 1 January 2017.

Membership Discount

Raindance members can submit one short/music video or a feature at half price. If you are a member email to receive your unique waiver code. Please include your membership number and expiry date. To join Raindance please go to: