Independent film matters more thn ever | Raindance

We need your support to expose under-25’s to independent film

We live in very troubled times. I don’t know, but I hate watching the news. Knife crime. Troubles in the East. Ecological disaster. Brexit brohaha. Politcal firestorms in America and Europe. There’s so much hatred!

Here’s where cinema comes in: 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?

Did you know that less than 5% of under 25’s have seen an independent film? Raindance is going to do something about it.
And we need your help!

We’ve launched the Emerging Filmmakers Day – to bring under-25’s to the cinema – for free. So they can see the types of films that are NOT sanitised by Hollywood. So they can experience films that can change lives. So they can learn how to make movies themselves. So they can leave crime and drugs behind. so they can contribute positively to our world.

Independent films matter more than ever. The stories and the pictures they 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. Independent film can change these horrible times for the good. Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign.

Why is independent film so important?

Independent films are the dances of protest; their poems are the poems of insurrection; their buildings edify dissent. Independent film celebrates those who challenge society, the musicians who sing for freedom, and the artists who revolt against the forces that validate oppression.

Independent films stand up for the vulnerable, the marginalised, the outsiders, the rebels, the dreamers, the poets, the imaginative.Independent film exposes the evils of the world and offers solutions. Independent film changes people’s lives. Forever.

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. We believe the films we screen will change people’s lives. and we want to expand our reach to the Under-25s who we know are dazzled by the bright lights of Hollywood movies.

If you feel the same way, you can’t be passive or silent. Neither can we. Raindance needs to step it up in 2019, and so do you. Be bigger, bolder, louder, stronger, more open, more productive, more engaged, more organised, more public, more creative.

Support our Emerging Filmmmakers Days

Raindance is non-profit. We’ve never had a penny of public funding since we started in 1992 – and that’s a good thing too – we can respond instantly to issues . Like we are doing here: to bring Under-25’s to independent film – in a cinema! Our Emerging Filmmaker Days needs your support. We need your support to make this happen.

With your support, we step it up together. We go on together. We get stronger. You can help us change people’s lives.

There are many other 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. Help us bring Under-25’s to Raindance.

Thank you.

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

Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance | British Independent Film Awards



Photo Credit David Martinez / BIFA 2018

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance BREXiT trailer 2019

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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