A big number of filmmakers, film professionals and film enthusiasts gathered together for the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball on Wednesday April 18th at Cafè de Paris in London. People dressed in their pineapple-coconut shirts carried a networking night as the event celebrated 26 years of Raindance, which started in 1992. The event was well attended by celebrities, including Sinitta, Christian Brassington (Poldark), Niamh McGrady (The Fall), Jimmy Akingbola (In The Long Run), Chizzy Akudolu (Strictly) and Jeany Spark (Collateral) – check out our interviews here.

The event was created 5 years ago as an opportunity for filmmakers to network, celebrate indie film together, and support independent cinema through the Independent Film Trust, a charity providing access to film training to those without the necessary means.

This year, £7000 worth of prizes were given out in a raffle in aid of the IFT, including a full day rental of shooting equipment from CineTruck, a 2-night stay in an Executive Suite at the Town Hall hotel, and 4 VIP cabaret tickets at Cafè de Paris.

London’s exclusive GIF photo booth hire company, Showtime Photo Booth, provided one of their sleek gif photo booths for our guests at this year’s Independent Filmmaker’s Ball. Take a look at our photos from the night, as well as more photos and videos from Getty Images, Zimbio, BEImagesShuttershock and Getty Videos.

A big thank you to all those who sponsored our event and who helped us make it happen:

We’re already looking forward to the next one! In the meantime, see you at the Festival in September!

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Eleonora is an intern at Raindance, finishing her MA in Film Studies at King's College London, after having studied in Scotland and Canada (though she's originally from Italy!). She figured it was time for her to temporarily leave her film theory essays to dip into the real world of the film industry.

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