Nadia DiMofte – Executive 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.
The year 2014 was pretty amazing for Nadia: she started out co-founding Bad Icon Productions, a boutique production company; in May Nadia took her first short film (FRaiLNeSS) that she wrote and directed to the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered at the Short Film Corner and where she managed to sign a distribution deal; in September 2014 Nadia took over running Raindance Vancouver and has been enthusiastically running the organization ever since with the help of a few dedicated and talented volunteers.
Nadia is commited 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 information with peers and encourage emerging filmmakers.
Sophia Johnson – MC – Booze ‘N’ Schmooze
Sophia Johnson is an actress; stand up comedian, and writer from New Zealand now living in Vancouver. The daughter of a poet and creative writing professor she grew up on a small island near Auckland. She began her acting career as a teenager with a series regular role on New Zealand television show ‘Shortland Street’, before going on to feature in other local shows and films such as Australian hit comedy series ‘800 words’, ‘The Almighty Johnsons’, and NZ film award winner ‘The last Saint’. She worked as a comedy writer for 3 seasons of top rating panel show ‘7 days’. Her 2016 duo show ’50 minutes plus laughs’ written directed and performed by herself and Cohen Holloway (Thor, what we do in the Shadows) sold out in the NZ International Comedy Fest. You can see her now on Netflix in Ash vs The Evil Dead or at your local comedy club telling jokes. She also the author of poetry book ‘Jupiter’s Perigee’ (pseudonym Sophia Hardy.) In Vancouver Aaron Alexander represents her at Trisko Talent.
Raresh DiMofte – Social Media & Events Coordinator
A professional actor with a Master’s degree in Drama and experience in film, TV & theater. Raresh is an all around Independent Filmmaker too with 7+ years experience in Producing indie shorts.
Raresh co-founded with his wife, Nadia DiMofte, Bad Icon Productions, a boutique production company with branches in Vancouver and Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania.
is beyond passionate about film. If you are looking for an excellent partner in a conversation about motion pictures he will most likely be the one to greet you at our monthly Booze ‘N’ Schmooze.
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.
Elliot 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking for emerging filmmakers who are working on expanding their network and developing their career. Various positions available.