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We live in very troubled times. But is not the world’s hatred caused by basic misunderstanding? What better way to break down the barriers of hatred than through the power of film?

The films you make, the stories you write, and the pictures you paint matter more than ever before. Creativity matters more than ever. Culture matters more than ever. And that’s why Raindance matters: today, and for our future.

Make no mistake about it: Raindance is in fighting mode. Raindance films are the dances of protest; our poems are the poems of insurrection; our buildings edify dissent. Raindance celebrates filmmakers who challenge society, musicians who sing for freedom, artists who revolt against the forces that validate oppression.

With the Netflix’s, and Amazon’s, and Sky’s of this world-dominating media channels filmmakers need more avenues in which to express themselves.

Raindance is such an avenue. Raindance is an open, handcrafted forum. Our festival won’t show just any film. We don’t let anybody use our amazing festival platform. We don’t. We won’t. We never will. We curate and select. We select based on the filmmaker’s capacity to express ideas and to have an aesthetic. Films that push, bend, impel our future toward the world we want to live in. We believe in the power of film.

Films at Raindance stand up for the vulnerable, the marginalised, the outsiders, the rebels, the dreamers, the poets, the imaginative. We celebrate the filmmakers. Raindance is a platform for those who love and question and include. We are used to being called maverick and outsider. We’ve been truly independent for a quarter century.

If you feel the same way, you can’t be passive or silent, and neither can we. Raindance needs to step it up in 2018, and so do you. Be bigger, bolder, louder, stronger, more open, more productive, more engaged, more organised, more public, more creative.

Raindance is non-profit. We need your support to make 2018 bigger, bolder and fresher than ever before.

With your support, we step it up together. We go on together. We get stronger. There are many ways you can support our work at Raindance. Call me on 0207 930 3412 to discuss your options further. Or email me here.

Support our work at Raindance.

Thank you.

Now, Let’s Make Movies. The power of film.

Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove, Founder


Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He has produced over 700 hundred short films and also five feature films, including the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead in 2006, Deadly Virtues in 2013 and AMBER in 2017. He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

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Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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