Vancouver Team


Nadia DiMofte – Regional Director

Nadia is an Emerging Filmmaker and she started volunteering with Raindance Vancouver in the fall of 2013. By spring she became a member after taking most of the amazing courses/workshops offered by the local chapter. Now she is enthusiastically running Raindance Vancouver with the help of a few dedicated and talented volunteers. 2014 was the year when Nadia took her first short (FRaiLNeSS) she wrote and directed to Festival de Cannes, where it premiered at the Short Film Corner and where she managed to sign a distribution deal. Nadia is dedicated to supporting the independent filmmakers in achieving their goals and completing their projects, and it is her mission to make it easier for them in Vancouver through Raindance, by creating opportunities for them where they could learn from the best, share experiences and info with peers and encourage emerging filmmakers.


 Zlatina Pacheva – Marketing Manager

What is the one thing Zlatina loves most in life? Movies. What kinds of movies? Well, pretty much anything to be honest, but particularly indie film. This passion, combined with a background in social media marketing and communication studies, led her to Raindance where she’s able to flex her creative muscles while reaching out to the Vancouver indie film community.

Mert Sari – Special Events Coordinator

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Mert moved to Vancouver B.C. at the age of 17 to attend high school and decided to stay after graduation. Studying Music Production, working in the music, event and fashion industry both in Vancouver and in Istanbul, he found himself surrounded with artists of all sorts and people of like-mind. Wanting to expand his network more and dig deeper into the arts, Mert enrolled in Vancouver Film School’s Film Production program in September 2014 and graduated with a feature film that he co-produced in the summer of 2015. Having produced multiple short films and getting involved with other various projects around music, arts, photography and theatre after graduating, Mert founded Alberni Street Productions in early 2016 enabling him a unified platform to push his projects forward.

Derek Hakkim – Videographer

After almost a decade of working in the finance and software development industry in Toronto, Derek realized that success did not mean happiness. So he quit his job, sold his house and car, and traveled around the world with everything he owned in his backpack for a year to 30 countries while making silly videos and busking with a guitar in a cow suit!  Upon returning back home, large media companies started buying his silly travel videos and featuring his clips on TV, and he found a new calling in film. By combining his business, IT, project management, music and video production experience, Derek has created a new videography company based in Vancouver, produces indie films, does cinematography, and creates fresh and exciting video content with Raindance as well!

 Raresh DiMofte – Logistix Coordinator

Raresh is a professional actor with a BA in Drama and experience in film, TV & theater. He is also a Filmmaker, with experience in Producing indie shorts. He is beyond passionate about film.  If  you are looking for an excellent partner in a conversation about motion pictures look for him at one of our mixers.


Elliot Grove – Founder

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters in Europe than Raindance founder Elliot Grove. He has presided over the launch of some of the most interesting filmmakers working today. Edgar Wright was his first intern, Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn met at a Raindance course in the mid 1990′s, Christopher Nolan and Gareth Edwards(Monsters) all launched their careers following film training courses at Raindance.Elliot is named in the UK as the ‘one person who has provided the glue that has kept the British film industry together.’ [Mike Gubbins, ex editor Screen International]. Elliot founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.He has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America.He has written three books which have become industry standards: RAINDANCE WRITERS LAB 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008),  RAINDANCE PRODUCERS LAB (Focal Press 2004) and 130 PROJECTS TO GET YOU INTO FILMMAKING (Barrons 2009). His first novel THE BANDIT QUEEN is scheduled for publication in 2012.Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009. The Raindance training courses that Elliot has devised are widely acknowledged as valuable and important by the film industry. Raindance has launched a post graduate film degree in London.

If you would like to volunteer your time with Raindance Vancouver e-mail your Resume and availability to  We are looking for emerging filmmakers who are working on expanding their network and developing their career.  Various positions available.