Make no mistake about it: Raindance is in fighting mode.

Raindance films are the dances of protest and our short films and documentaries are the poems of insurrection. Raindance films edify dissent. Raindance celebrates filmmakers who challenge society, musicians who sing for freedom, artists who revolt against the forces that validate oppression.

Raindance is an open, handcrafted forum. Our festival won’t show just any film. We don’t. We won’t. We never will. We curate and we select. We select based on the filmmaker’s capacity to have an aesthetic and to have thought provoking ideas. Films that push, bend, impel our future toward the world we want to live in. Quite simply, 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 and their films.

This year Raindance stands up for diversity and representation on the big screen more than ever. Among this year’s films, Raindance stand up for the vulnerable, the marginalised, the outsiders, the queers, the rebels, the dreamers, the poets, the innovators, the imaginative.

Raindance is stepping it up in 2018. Raindance welcomes Chile as our guest country with a hand-picked selection of films, events and special guests. In addition we have an industry focus on cutting edge issues facing contemporary filmmakers. For the third year running we salute the Orient with China Day. We look beyond the horizon and explore Virtual Reality in the Gallery of Immersive Stories. And for the fifth year running we bring you Web Fest.

If you feel the same way, you can’t be passive or silent, and neither can we.

Our challenge is your challenge:  Take the leap. Take the chance. Check our the bold programme our courageous programmers have curated. We look forward to welcoming you at the festival.

Discover. Be Discovered.

Elliot Grove
Elliot Grove, founder

How to attend:
Passes >Here
What’s On + Tickets >Here
Virtual Reality >Here

About 

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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