Raindance Film Festival 2019 Programme - Raindance

We’re very excited to reveal the Raindance Film Festival 2019 programme.

Celebrating its 27th year, the Festival will take place in London’s West End from 18-29 September, screening over 200 projects – including features, documentaries, shorts, web series, virtual reality and music videos.

Against a backdrop of divisive politics and global turmoil, Raindance uses the medium of cinema to amplify the voice of indie filmmakers with compelling stories to tell. Join us to celebrate the world, international, European and UK premieres of the best of indie cinema.


The Jury

The jury comprises Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton (winners of the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film For The Silent Child), David Yates (director,Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises), Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), Kacey Ainsworth (Eastenders, Granchester), Babou Ceesay (Eye In The Sky, Dark Mon£y), Ed Skrein (Deadpool),Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels), Susan Wokoma (Year of the Rabbit), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy), Hugh Skinner (Fleabag, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again), Billy Zane (Titanic),Tom Ellis (Lucifer),Ruth Bradley (Grabbers, Humans), Chloe Pirrie (The Game), Nathaniel Martello-White (Cla’am), Josh Dylan (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) award-winning singer songwriter Emeli Sandé, and Bastille singer and songwriter Dan Smith.


Opening Night

Raindance opens 18 September with the World Premiere of Krow’s Transformation (dir: Gina Hole Lazarowich, Canada), documenting Canadian transgender model Krow Kian. A successful female model as a teen, the film charts Krow’s transition over a 3-year period, including Krow walking the catwalk for Louis Vuitton’s iconic SS19 show in Paris – his first show since transitioning to a male. The film incorporates conversations between Krow and his mother, plus stories from other trans people in Krow’s circle. Krow Kian and first-time filmmaker Gina Hole Lazarowich are due to attend the gala premiere at Vue West End. A party at Café De Paris will follow, featuring Guilty Pleasures

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Closing Night

The festival closes 29 September with the UK Premiere of post-modern comedy Aren’t You Happy (dir: Susanne Heinrich, Germany). The debut feature from Susanne Heinrich brings together theory, feminism, humour and a bubblegum pop palate of colour as we follow a girl roaming a city looking for a place to sleep. Don’t miss Raindance’s fabulous closing night party after!

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Feature Films in Competition

Best International Film

7 Reasons To Run Away (dir: Gerard Quinto, Esteve Soler, David Torras, Spain) – UK Premiere

The family, the poor kid, the sixth-floor neighbours, the tenant and the agent, the business couple, the man left behind by progress, and the couple about to get married. Seven stories that mix horror and comedy, seven moments of black comedy, seven surreal visions of a dysfunctional society.

Aurora (dir: Miia Tervo, Finland)

In this romantic and sometimes melancholy comedy Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Darian one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Darian is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running.

By The Name Of Tania (dir: Mary Jiménez, Bénédicte Liénard, Belgium) – UK Premiere

The Amazon flows lazily through the goldmine-gashed landscape of northern Peru. Using real eyewitness accounts, directors Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez tell the story of a young woman who winds up forced into prostitution when her initially hopeful attempt to escape the stifling limitations of village life goes wrong. Step by step, she is robbed of her moral and physical integrity. The film reconstitutes a space of dignity and returns voice and identity to that which has been formally rendered name¬less. With its powerful imagery, the girl’s traumatic odyssey embodies the horrific devastation visited upon the natural world by contemporary industrial society

Greener Grass (dir: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, USA) – UK Premiere

Writers, directors and stars Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe create a hilariously deadpan hellscape of competitive suburbia with a boldly stylized absurdist chain of events that unfurls with increasing fervor after one soccer mom gifts another her infant daughter just to be polite.

Jirga (dir: Benjamin Gilmour, Australia) – UK Premiere

An ex-soldier returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.

The Man Who Surprised Everyone (dir: Natasha Merkulova & Aleksey Chupov, Russia)

Egor is a fearless state forest guard in the Siberian Taiga. He is a good family man, respected by his fellow villagers and together with his wife Natalia they are expecting a second child. But one day Egor finds out that he has cancer and only two months left to live. No traditional medicine or shamanic magic can save him. Finally, left with no other options, he takes a desperate attempt to trick death. As disguise Egor chooses to take the identity of a woman.

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Best UK Feature

Hurt By Paradise (dir: Greta Bellamacina, UK) – UK Premiere

Hurt By Paradise is the debut feature by writer/director Greta Bellamacina. It is the story of Celeste – a young poet and single mother – her comedically unsuccessful attempts to get her first book published and find her father, and her co-dependent friendship with her babysitter Stella- a failed actress captivated by an online love affair…

My View: Clem Burke (dir: Philip Sansom, UK) – UK Premiere

An access all areas documentary about musician Clem Burke. A look back at forty years on the road, performing with one of the world’s most iconic bands: Blondie.

On The President’s Orders (dir: James Jones, Olivier Sarbil, UK)

The searing story of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines is told through unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the war: a kill squad in the Manila police, and an ordinary family from the slums.

Schemers (dir: David McLean, UK)

His football career over, Davie starts promoting gigs in Dundee with his friends John and Scot – leading to a hugely ambitious Iron Maiden show. Out of his depth and deep in debt with Fergie, a gangster of legendary violence, Davie needs to pull off the biggest scheme of his life.

Thirst for Justice (dir: Leana Hosea, UK) – European Premiere

American may appear to be a democracy which guarantees freedom of speech and basic rights, but at its heart lies a great injustice. Against the odds, several extraordinary citizens band together to fight for their basic right to clean water – from Flint to the Navajo Nation, via Standing Rock.

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Best Documentary Feature

Nothing Fancy (dir: Elizabeth Carroll, UK) – European Premiere

An intimate, candid look at the curious world of 95-year-old cookbook author and British expatriate Diana Kennedy. Standing barely five feet tall with a distinct English accent, Diana is a formidable critic of anyone who doesn’t agree with her views on Mexican culinary traditions, or, God forbid, doesn’t recycle.

Driven to Abstraction (dir: Daria Price, USA) – World Premiere

The art world was rocked by the greatest hoax in the history of modern American art: an $80 million forgery that brought down Knoedler, New York City’s oldest and most venerable gallery. Was Knoedler’s esteemed director the victim of a con artist, or did she suspect the fake?

Family in Transition (dir: Ofir Trainin, Uri Levy, Israel) – World Premiere

In Nahariya, a small traditional town in Israel, a family’s life changes when the father reveals that she is a transgender woman. The mother stays with her spouse, but just when it seems that life is back to normal, everything is shaken up again.

Who Made You? (dir: Iiris Härmä, Finland) – UK Premiere

Who Made You? leads us into the world of cyborgs, sex robots, and androids. Artificial intelligence is interacting with our mental and physical existence like never before. What do these developments mean for humanity, community, and how will they affect our perception of what it is to be human?

Why Are We Creative (dir: Hermann Vaske , Germany) – UK Premiere

Why Are We Creative is an exploration of the many facets of creativity – artistic, cultural, political, philosophical, and scientific. A personal road movie through the land of inspiration, featuring many of the world’s most influential creatives, including over fifty Nobel Prize laureates and Academy Award winners.

Thirst for Justice

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The Discovery Award – Best Debut Feature

A Dobugawa Dream (dir: Asato Watanabe, Japan) – International Premiere

After the death of his classmate, a young boy shuts himself away from his friends and family. One day something cracks inside of him and he decides to wander through the streets to find a new path.

Alice (dir: Josephine Mackerras, Australia/France)

After discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, Alice finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.

Miguelito (dir: Sam Zubrycki, Australia/Puerto Rico/Colombia/US) – European Premiere

In Colombia and Puerto Rico in 1973, every radio station played songs by a boy called Miguelito. Many still remember him, but what happened to him? Miguelito takes an upbeat road trip through Latin America, uncovering the memories of those who were affected by his music and short-lived career.

Oray (dir: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay, Germany) – UK Premiere

Oray strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity.

Platform (dir: Sahar Mosayebi, Iran) – UK Premiere

The story of Shahrbanu, Sohaila, and Elaheh Mansourian, three sisters who are Wushu fighters. Born into a poor family, their father made them work in the fields to support the family. When their father left, they sought a better life – and joined the Iranian national Wushu team.

The Waiter (dir: Steve Krikris, Greece) – UK Premiere

Renos is a professional waiter, ambiguous, lonely, a meticulous observer of people. When he unwittingly becomes entangled in the mysterious disappearance of his neighbour, he is led on a ride that will alter his well-kept routine and change his life. A film equal parts character study and paradoxical murder story.

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The Shorts

Best Short Of The Festival

Feathers (dir: A.V. Rockwell, USA) – UK Premiere

Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past, and the present hazing by his peers, in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.

Pearl (dir:Yuchao Feng,China/US) – European Premiere

Six-year-old Lin lives in an isolated fishing village with her brother and their widowed mother. When the family is given an opportunity to start a new life, Lin has a startling revelation. A melancholy tale inspired by real events.

New Land Broken Road (dir: Kavich Neang,Cambodia/Malaysia) – UK Premiere

Phnom Penh at night. Three young hip hop dancers drive a single motorbike and stop on a muddy, deserted road. They meet a young street vendor whose cart is full of colours.

Milton (dir: Tim Wilkime, USA) – UK Premiere

A guy makes a bad first impression when he meets his girlfriend’s family as they gather at her grandfather’s deathbed.

Brotherhood (dir: Meryam Joobeur, Canada) – UK Premiere

Mohamed is a hardened shepherd living in rural Tunisia with his wife and two sons. He is deeply shaken when his oldest son Malik returns home after a long journey with a mysterious new wife. Tensions between father and son rise over three days until they reach breaking point.

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Best UK Short Film

The Devil’s Harmony (dir: Dylan Holmes Williams, UK) – UK Premiere

As the nerdy captain of the a cappella club, Kiera is an easy target for bullies. But her club possesses a secret power: when they sing ‘Devil’s Harmony’, listeners fall into a never-ending sleep. Kiera covertly wreaks revenge against the bullies, until a charismatic former bully expresses affection for her…

November 1st (dir: Charlie Manton, UK) – UK Premiere

A mother and daughter travel across the state to witness a long overdue execution.

Pagans (dir: Lucy Luscombe, UK)

Three young women learn about loss over the course of one Bonfire Night that takes them on a surreal journey into the depths of the English countryside.

Strange Days (dir: Alice Seabright,UK) – UK Premiere

Nina can’t stop thinking about Carla, who went missing when they were teenagers.

This is the Winter (dir: Peter King, UK) – World Premiere

2023. A separatist movement has ignited civil war in the north of England. The government has built a wall, dividing the country, to protect people in the south. Trapped in a refugee camp north of the border, a teenage girl has to choose between her father and her politics.

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Best Animated Short

Brexicuted (dir: Chris Shepherd, France)

This satirical animation considers why Brexit is happening. A variety of British characters, interviewed the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, speak about what motivated their decision.

My Generation (dir: Ludovic Houplain, France)

What if we put down our smartphones and opened our eyes wide shut? My Generation is an 8 minute travelling shot, where we go through different worlds, encountering contemporary art, GAFA, sport, religion, pornography, politics, finance, sacred cows, generalised surveillance, all opium of the people.

The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster (dir: Smith & Foulkes, UK) – World Premiere

When legendary guitarist Jimmy Page met the Fender Telecaster, rock history was made. Created as part of Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary celebrations this animated short takes viewers on a psychedelic tour through a pivotal time in music, shaped around Jimmy’s own words on his relationship with the iconic guitar.

The Opposites Game (dir: Anna Samo, Lisa LaBracio, USA)

A classroom erupts into a war of words as students grapple with a seemingly simple prompt: what is the opposite of a gun?

The Woman Who Turns Into a Castle (dir: Kathrin Steinbacher, UK)

An animated documentary about a woman who turns into a castle, based on Oliver Sacks’s case study.

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Best Documentary Short

99 Problems (dir: Ross Killeen, Ireland)

The inside scoop on the murky world of the ice cream business. Through the eyes of Pinky, the self-declared ‘King of the Ice Cream Men’, we’re taken into this unregulated industry where rival drivers will stop at nothing to protect their livelihoods.

Here, We Are (dir: Viviana Zuñiga, Mexico)

Rafael and Joel live in Santiago Tuxtla, a town in the state of Veracruz, Mexico that has been affected by the war on drugs. They have found a way to retain their humanity – through music. It builds community and combats fear, violence, and sadness.

Heroin Hearse (dir: Ryan Buckley, USA) – International Premiere

In the overdose capital of America, Dwayne Woods turns a vintage hearse into a mobile pulpit, preaching a message of life through the imagery of death. When he opens a rehab at the ground zero for heroin use, Dwayne hopes sheer compassion will trump experience when recruiting his first client.

Inferno (dir: Patrick Fileti, Mexico/Australia) – European Premiere

Inferno is an explosive portrait of the lives of pyrotechnic artists and their families in the lead up to the festival of San Juan de Dios, where blazing revelry engulfs the town.

Kamali (dir: Sasha Rainbow,UK) – European Premiere

Kamali is the only female skateboarder in her fishing village. Her timorous mother, Suganthi undertakes a pilgrimage in a quest for self-discovery. Separated for the first time, they must each find freedom in a man’s world.

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Raindance Immersive

Best Immersive Game

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time (dir: Marcus Moresby, UK) – UK Premiere

Join the Doctor on a mission to save the universe. Doctor Who: The Edge of Time lets fans embark on an adventure through space and time! Travel across the universe, visit alien locations, pilot the TARDIS, and solve the mystery of the controlling force behind the Reality Virus.

No Man’s Sky: BEYOND (dir: Sean Murray, Grant Duncan, Ryan Doyle, David Ream, UK) 

No Man’s Sky: BEYOND is a Virtual Reality space exploration game set in a procedurally generated fictional universe. Inspired by the adventure and imagination from classic science-fiction, No Man’s Sky presents you with a galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action.

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets (dir: James Hunt, Sweden) – World Premiere

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets is an interactive tale of childlike wonder. Help your grandfather solve the mystery of the stolen pets by exploring wonderful miniature worlds, crafted from the ground up for Virtual Reality. Every world is unique, full of interactions and colourful life.

The Infinite Hotel (dir: Kevin Beimers, UK) – World Premiere

The Infinite Hotel is universe’s most luxurious holiday destination, boasting an infinite number of floors, an infinite number of rooms, and an infinite number of things that could go wrong. You’re the elevator operator. Time to get to work.

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Best Interactive Narrative Experience

A Box In The Desert (dir: Owen Hindley, Nanna Gunnars, Ástþór Ágústsson, Iceland) 

Imagine you find yourself trapped inside an invisible box in an endless desert. A stranger appears telling you that you’re “saved” – but are they speaking the truth? Should you instead trust this voice in your head? Is it actually better to remain in the box, safe from harm? Forever?

INORI (dir: Miwa Komatsu) – UK Premiere

In this virtual world, constructed by contemporary artist Miwa Komatsu, mystical creatures guide you through a journey of self-reflection, assertion, and spiritual reincarnation. You will be able to forge a connection with the world around you, as well as with your inner self, bringing blessings from the unreal into your reality.

Ray Sparks (dir: Rafael Pavon, Spain) – World Premiere

Ray is explosive. Ray is electrifying. Ray is restless. But he is also very, very shy. Immerse yourself in a VR fairy tale and play with Ray to gain his trust.

The Line (dir: Ricardo Laganaro, Brasil) – UK Premiere

A full body VR interactive narrative experience about love and fear of change. Set in a scale model of 1940s São Paulo, The Line invites us into the world of Pedro and Rosa, two miniature dolls who are perfect for each other, but reluctant to live out their love story.

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Best Cinematic Experience

Afterlife (dir: Luisa Valencia, Canada) – International Premiere

After the tragic death of their five-year-old son, a family struggles with their loss and attempts to mend their frayed bonds. Experience the struggle through the child’s ghostly eyes, exploring a multiverse of different reality paths, as his family acknowledges his absence – or presence – in their lives. 

Butterfly Dance (dir: Tan Seng Kiat, Taiwan) – International Premiere

An unknown couple appear in the darkness in a cinema. As a 35mm film is being played, frame by frame, it feels like a love affair is emerging, and only you and the film know the secret of the affair. 

Only The Mountain Remains (dir: Chiang Wei Liang, Taiwan) – UK Premiere

At a deserted petrol station at the bottom of a mountain, a man and a woman, both of whom are foreign to the country, are waiting for their contact. When they run into a police patrol, the chase begins.

Operation Othello: I Am Not What I Am (dir: Mary Chieffo, Jeff Liu, Viola Davis, Beth Grant, Josh Nelson, USA) – UK Premiere

Operation Othello presents original Shakespearean text in a way that is accessible and exciting for modern audiences. In the style of Sherlock, Minority Report and How to Get Away With Murder, this action-packed retelling follows events of scandal, intrigue, and betrayal in the perilous world of elite Navy SEALs. 

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Best Documentary Experience

Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey (dir: Jan Kounen, France/Luxembourg) – UK Premiere

A visionary experience through the realms of medicinal plants, led by an indigenous Shipibo traditional healer in the Amazon rainforest.

Memoria: Stories of La Garma (dir: Rafael Pavon, Spaik) – International Premiere

16,500 years ago, a group of humans came back to their shelter in Spain after hunting. The entrance had collapsed, leaving everything inside untouched. Narrated by Geraldine Chaplin, this VR experience invites you to explore the memories trapped in the cave, preserved for thousands of years.

Rise of Animals with David Attenborough (dir: Elliot Graves, UK) – World Premiere

Through the power of hand interaction you’ll discover and bring to life some of the first creatures that roamed the earth – all within your own environment. Driven by a voiceover from David Attenborough and using ultra-realistic real-time animation sequences, this powerful Mixed Reality experience is both educational and entertaining.

The Holy City (dir: Nimrod Shanit, Timur Musabay, Israel/Canada) – World Premiere

Transport yourself to the world’s spiritual epicentre in this engaging sensory narrative experience built using stunning photogrammetric scans of Jerusalem. THE HOLY CITY uses a series of challenging interactive games in room-scale environments to help nurture empathy and understanding across the Abrahamic cultures and religions that coinhabit the city.

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Best Animated Experience

Battlescar – Punk Was Invented By Girls (dir: Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia, France) – UK Premiere

1978, New York City. In the cell of a juvenile detention centre, Lupe, a Puerto Rican American sixteen-year-old, meets Debbie. Debbie introduces Lupe to the punk rock scene of the Lower East Side and the secret worlds of Alphabet City. Battlescar is an exploration of identity through immersive VR storytelling.

Glimpse (Preview) (dir: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor, UK) – UK Premiere

Glimpse is an animated interactive VR experience starring Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), presented by Mr Kite and directed by Academy Award winning writer/director Benjamin Cleary and VR creator Michael O’Connor. A highly emotive visual feast set in the imaginative mind of a heartbroken panda named Herbie (Egerton) who has recently broken up with his girlfriend Rice (Boynton). Herbie is an illustrator and using his art we delve back through the memories of his relationship from the heartbreaking end to the beautiful beginning. A dreamlike voyage through his mind, his heart and his illustrations.

Gloomy Eyes (dir: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado, France) – UK Premiere

The sun got tired of humans and decided to never rise again. The darkness awoke the dead from their graves. A zombie kid called Gloomy and a mortal girl called Nena fall in love, forming a deep connection that even the most powerful man cannot destroy. Narrated by Colin Farrell.

Heart of Darkness (dir: Stuart ‘Sutu’ Campbell, Australia) – World Premiere

Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novel, this sci-fi is set on the dwarf planet Ceres, where Astro-biologist Captain Kurtz has gone missing. Your mission is to find him. As you journey deep into the Ceres cave network you will learn the story of his disappearance via the onboard Artificial Intelligence, Teeva.

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Artistic Achievement

Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey (dir: Jan Kounen, France/Luxembourg) – UK Premiere

Battlescar – Punk Was Invented By Girls (dir: Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia, France) – UK Premiere

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time (dir: Marcus Moresby, UK) – UK Premiere

Glimpse (Preview) (dir: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor, UK) – UK Premiere

Gloomy Eyes (dir: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado, France) – UK Premiere

Heart of Darkness (dir: Stuart ‘Sutu’ Campbell, Australia) – World Premiere

Audio Achievement

Battlescar – Punk Was Invented By Girls (dir: Martin Allais, Nico Casavecchia, France) – UK Premiere

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time (dir: Marcus Moresby, UK) – UK Premiere

Glimpse (Preview) (dir: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor, UK) – UK Premiere

Gloomy Eyes (dir: Jorge Tereso, Fernando Maldonado, France) – UK Premiere

INORI (dir: Miwa Komatsu) – UK Premiere

Operation Othello: I Am Not What I Am (dir: Mary Chieffo, Jeff Liu, Viola Davis, Beth Grant, Josh Nelson, USA) – UK Premiere

British Award: Best UK Experience

Cosmos Within Us (dir: Tupac Martir, UK/Luxembourg) – UK Premiere

We are drawn into the mind of Aiken, a sixty-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. As we wander, his memories shape-shift, as if in a state of constant reconstruction. However, his precious childhood moments feel tainted. Concealed in oblivion, there is one memory he’s trying to forget.

Doctor Who: The Edge of Time (dir: Marcus Moresby, UK) – UK Premiere

Glimpse (Preview) (dir: Benjamin Cleary, Michael O’Connor, UK) – UK Premiere

Rise of Animals with David Attenborough (dir: Elliot Graves, UK) – World Premiere

Through the power of hand interaction you’ll discover and bring to life some of the first creatures that roamed the earth – all within your own environment. Driven by a voiceover from David Attenborough and using ultra-realistic real-time animation sequences, this powerful Mixed Reality experience is both educational and entertaining.

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Discovery Award: Best Debut Experience

Anonymous (dir: Samantha Kingston, Mary Matheson, Marisol Grandon, UK) – World Premiere

Anonymous is a 360 narrative film telling the personal tale of the child of an alcoholic. After 28 years, Samantha shares her story of living with an alcohol dependent parent, hiding the secret, and dealing with their death.

Playing God (dir: Ben Fredericks, UK) – World Premiere

An interactive sci-fi drama that forces you to make difficult decisions during a humanitarian crisis. Based on the Spaceship Earth theory, which explores the philosophy of life boat ethics, PLAYING GOD aims to confront audiences with a new take on the global refugee crisis that is affecting society today.

See, Saw – Seen (dir: Paula Canovas del Vas, UK) – World Premiere

See, Saw – Seen is a multi-person, room-scale VR installation that blends fashion with art, aiming to objectify the audience, reversing the traditional roles played by the fashion industry over the past decades. Placed in the centre of attention, the audience experiences first-hand notions of voyeurism and feminism in the context of fashion, whilst discovering the mental universe of Paula Canovas del Vas Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

Afterlife (dir: Luisa Valencia, Canada) – International Premiere

Spirit of Raindance: Best Immersive Experience of the Festival

The winners of the immersive awards will be in competition for the festival’s special award, Spirit of Raindance: Best Immersive Experience of the Festival.

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The Web Series

All Web Series will compete for two awards: the Jury Award and the Audience Award.

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