The Reel Challenge 2018 - Raindance

Show us what you can do in just 10 seconds and win TWO free places on the ultimate filmmaking adventure from London to Budapest

Looking for a last-minute summer adventure?  This could be your chance.

Calling for submissions to our new Instagram competition.  We’re giving away two free places on Reel 2018, which launches on the 17th August. This summer, make something incredible.


What is The Reel Challenge?

The Reel Challenge is the ultimate creative adventure for aspiring filmmakers. You’ll travel from London to Budapest while making your own short film en-route. Check out their latest trailer here.

The trip begins with a Launch Workshop, hosted at Channel 4’s HQ in Westminster, and ends with a screening of your film at our full-day film festival in Budapest. In between, you’ll be travelling across Europe for 10 days however you choose, creating your own short film as you go.

It’s a unique and exciting opportunity to learn new skills, create something to be proud of, and join an awesome growing community of like-minded filmmakers.


What Do You Have To Do?

The Reel Challenge is all about embracing the pressure (and adventure!) and creating something creatively ambitious in just 10 days.

For your chance to win, all you have to do it submit an ultra-short (10 seconds!) film via Instagram.  It can be about anything you choose; you’ve just got to impress the judges in the short time you’ve got.

Our panel will choose their favourite, who will receive TWO free places on Reel 2018.

What’s more, entrants that don’t win the top prize will be offered a discounted last-minute ticket for the event instead.

You can enter as many times as you like, and we don’t mind whether it’s something you’ve already shot, or something you create especially for this competition.

Get creative, impress the judges, and you could find yourself on your way to Budapest on this once in a lifetime filmmaking trip!

We can’t wait to see what you create.


How do I submit my entry?

All entry submissions will be via Instagram. You will need to include the hashtag #10SecondReel, mentioning @reelfilmchallenge and @raindancefilmfestival when you post your video.

Once you’ve submitted, you’ll also need to send us an email at to complete the submission process.



Submissions must be received by 8pm on 6th August to be considered.


The Reel Challenge Dates

The Reel Challenge launches on the 17th August in London and concludes on the 27th August in Budapest.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to contact

Good luck!



Raindance aims to promote and support independent filmmaking and filmmakers.

From new and emerging to industry pros, Raindance connects, trains, supports, and promotes visual storytellers through every step of their career.

The Raindance Film Festival runs each Autumn in London's Leicester Square.

Raindance has been delivering film training since 1992. A wide range of Open Classes to a 2 year HND Level 5 BTEC in Moving Images to a Postgraduate Film Degree are delivered to students on five continents, both in person and online.