Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 25th edition that will take place from 20th September to 1st October 2017 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 for the 2017 edition of the Raindance Film Festival are now closed.

Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline  Feature Fee Shorts Fee Music Video Fee
28 April 2017 Early Deadline £55 £25 £25
19 May 2017 Regular Deadline £70 £35 £35
02 June 2017 Late Deadline £100 £50 £50
09 June 2017 WAB Extended Deadline £150 £80 £80

31 August 2017 – 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 films (under 45min) and web series. Projects of all lengths and genres are welcomed and the Raindance Film Festival is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge 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 31 August 2017, 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 2017 your film must have been completed after 1 January 2016.

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: