Welcome Pack 


Welcome to Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s leading independent film festival!

Raindance presents feature films, shorts, music videos, web series, and VR experiences from around the world, celebrating and supporting independent, new, and alternative filmmakers since 1992. It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 27th Raindance Film Festival, taking place from 18th – 29th September 2019 in Central London (Vue Piccadilly). 

This document contains all the information you need to make the most out of the festival, connect with like-minded creatives, and fully enjoy your visit to London. Any festival detail changes will be updated in the Welcome Pack accordingly, so please check back frequently to stay up to date! 

If you have any questions, please email hospitality@raindance.co.uk

We hope you enjoy your time with us during this year’s festival!


The best ways to reach the city centre from London’s various airports are highlighted below. The earlier you book, the more you will save!

We recommend downloading the Citymapper app, where you can look up the best way to get to your destination by public transport or by foot, as well as find the estimated time and cost.

Heathrow Airport

To plan your journey, visit the Heathrow website: https://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/journey-planner 

Train: Non-stop trains to and from Paddington Station on the Heathrow Express. The journey takes up to 22 minutes and can be booked here. Prices range from £14.30 – £40 depending on when you book, and so we recommend booking in advance (cheaper 30 days in advance).

London Underground: Runs from Heathrow on the Piccadilly tube line (dark blue colour). The journey to Piccadilly Circus Station takes approximately 50 minutes. The cost to Central London is approximately £3.

Coach: National Express and Megabus both offer low-cost options for travelling to Victoria Coach Station in as little as 45 minutes. This option generally costs between £5 – £20.

Taxi: London taxis are available outside each terminal. The cost to central London is around £45-£70. The journey time takes approximately 1 hour.


Gatwick Airport

To plan your journey, visit the Gatwick website: https://www.gatwickairport.com/to-and-from/ 

Train: The fastest way to travel to Central London is the Gatwick Express. These leave every 15 minutes, and take just 30 minutes to reach Victoria Station. Standard single tickets are around £19.90. Once you get to Victoria Station, we recommend taking either the underground or catching a taxi to your hotel.

Coach: The best for a low-budget is EasyBus (run by EasyJet) which costs around £9.95 single fare, with the journey taking around an hour. 

Taxi: The cost to Central London by taxi is around £90. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Stansted Airport

To plan your journey, visit the Stansted website: https://www.stanstedexpress.com/travel-information/journey-planning/

Train: The Stansted Express is the fastest way to Central London. The journey takes approximately 36 minutes to Tottenham Hale Station, where you can then connect to the London Underground (Victoria Line). Book in advance at https://www.stanstedexpress.com

Coach: National Express operates regular coach services to Central London, costing as little as £5.

Taxi: Taxis wait outside the terminal, and can get you to Central London in just over an hour. The cost is around £70 – £90.


Luton Airport

To plan your journey, visit the Luton website: https://www.london-luton.co.uk/to-and-from-lla 

Train: This option takes around 42 minutes to King’s Cross St. Pancras Station, where you can then connect to the London Underground to your hotel. 

Coach: There are several options, but the most cost-effective is EasyBus which costs around £9.95 single fare with a journey time of around 2 hours.

Taxi: Taxis wait outside the terminal, and can get you to Central London in just over an hour. The cost ranges from around £70-£90.

St Pancras International Station (Eurostar)

The best thing about travelling by Eurostar is that once you arrive you are already in Central London with great transport links, including the London Underground from Kings Cross Station (5 minute walk from St Pancras). Alternatively, taxis and buses are available outside the station.



This year, Raindance are working with a range of hotels to suit attendees at a variety of locations and price points. General contact information on the nearest venues to the festival is listed below, but please visit their website for more on room details and booking.


The Strand Palace:

The newly renovated Strand Palace Hotel is within walking distance of most festival venues and offer a great range of rooms.

Address: 372 Strand, London, WC2R 0JJ.

Tel: 020 7379 4737

Travelodge London Covent Garden:

Address: 10 Drury Lane, High Holborn, London, WC2B 5RE.

Tel: 08719 846245

Travelodge London Central Waterloo

Address: 195 – 203 Waterloo Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8UX.

Tel: 08719 846291

Travelodge London Central Southwark

Address: 202 – 206 Union Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0LX.

Tel: 08719 846352

Premier Inn Leicester Square

Address: 1 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP.

Premier Inn Covent Garden

Address: 110 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BA.

Millennium Hotels are offering Raindance attendees up to 30% off of the normal rates, using the code CULTUREVULTURE. At check-in please show your festival accreditation or cinema ticket. The two closest options are listed below:

Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Address: 4-18 Harrington Gardens London, United Kingdom SW7 4LH

Tel: 020 7373 6030

Copthorne Tara Hotel 

Address: Scarsdale Place Kensington London, United Kingdom W8 5SY (GPS W8 5SY)

Tel: 020 7937 7211


Air BnB is an easy and convenient way to organise a homestay for your trip to London. Please follow the link below to find available lodging close to the festival site in Piccadilly. 



Last year, Raindance initiated our Host a Filmmaker scheme, where generous friends and patrons of the festival open up spare rooms in their homes to attending filmmakers for free. This will be running again this year – if interested, please email hospitality@raindance.co.uk for more information on how to connect with a host.


Please click here to view our map featuring all the important locations for this year’s festival: 

Please note: whilst most festival venues are within walking distance of each other, the Gallery of Immersive Experiences (VR) is located across the river in Waterloo (3 stops southbound on the Northern Line from Leicester Square). 



Vue Piccadilly

Main cinema venue where most film screenings will be held.

Address: 19 Lower Regent St, London, SW1Y 4LR

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus


Vue West End

Screening venue for Opening and Closing films

Address: 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7AL

Nearest Tube: Leicester Square



Gallery of Immersive Experiences/ VR

Address: OXO2, Level Two OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH

Nearest Tube: Southwark/Waterloo



Delegate Lounge

Free coffee and refreshments throughout the day, open from 9am-6pm.

Evening networking events hosted between 6pm-9pm – check programme for details.

Address: The Virgin Money Lounge, 30-31 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4EX

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus




Café de Paris

Opening Night Party Venue (invite only event)

Address: Café de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL

Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus



Closing Night Party Venue (invite only event)

Address: OXO2, Level Two OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH

Nearest Tube: Southwark/ Waterloo



If you haven’t already, please click here to register for your festival accreditation. Each film part of our official feature film selection is allowed a maximum of 4 individual accreditations.

The deadline for accreditation registry is September 11th 2019. Late registrations are not guaranteed a festival accreditation.

Your accreditation pass will grant you single admission to Raindance screenings and events (subject to availability). You must present your accreditation at the hospitality desk (Vue Piccadilly) to exchange it for a ticket. Tickets for all film’s on any given day are released for exchange at the beginning of the day and are available from the hospitality desk.

Your accreditation alone does not provide entrance to Opening Night, Closing Night or the Awards Ceremony – these are invitation only events. If you have been invited, please bring your accreditation to the event and remember to RSVP your attendance in advance to guarantee admission.

We encourage you to read the below to have full knowledge of how your accreditation works.



  • Accreditations cannot be transferred and are valid only for use by the named and registered pass-holder. Raindance retains the right to ask for identification.
  • Accreditation allows the owner access to one ticket per screening or event.
  • Tickets are allocated on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis (subject to availability).
  • Tickets for accreditation pass holders are made available when the hospitality desk opens at the beginning of the day in Vue Piccadilly.
  • All unallocated accreditation tickets will be released to general sale 20 minutes before each screening.
  • Accreditation does not include access to Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Gala & Awards Ceremony.
  • A fee of £20 may be charged to replace any lost accreditation.



For each screening of your own film, you are allocated a total of 10 complimentary tickets for you to invite your cast, crew and additional guests. This allocation includes any accredited members of your film team (i.e. you will receive 6 complimentary tickets if all 4 of your accredited team will be attending). 

Please contact the Raindance Hospitality Team as soon as possible with how many of the 10 complimentary tickets you would like to reserve for your own film at hospitality@raindance.co.uk. The deadline to reserve seats is September 11th. Past that date, complimentary tickets may be reallocated to general public sale. 

These tickets are available to pick up anytime on the day of the screening. Raindance will ask for evidence and identification to those who you book complimentary tickets for. 



Access to the Gallery of Immersive Experiences is scheduled by 90 minute allocated slots throughout the day. Your accreditation pass permits you one single access to the Raindance Immersive Gallery, however, you MUST register for your slot through the EventBrite portal (subject to availability). You will not be allowed entry the gallery without registering for a slot beforehand. 

Registry for the Gallery of Immersive Experiences will open after the Press Launch. Please check back here after 20th August for the registry link.



Q&A’s will take place after the main premiere of each film (usually in the evening or on weekends). We cannot accommodate Q&A’s for repeat screenings. When the official schedule has been released, please email hospitality@raindance.co.uk to let us know that you are available for your film’s Q&A and notify us of anyone else who will be joining you on stage.

Date Time Event Location
Wednesday 18 September 19:00 – 01:00 Opening After Party – please contact rsvp@raindance.co.uk for guest list enquiries (subject to availability) Cafe de Paris
19 – 29 September
09:30 – 10:30 Raindance Breakfast (free coffee and pastries) Virgin Money Lounge
18:00 – 19:00 Bulmer’s Cider Networking Drinks Vue Piccadilly

Thursday 19 September

10:30 – 11:30 Music in Film [Panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
13:00 – 14:00 Anatomy of a Reel with Simon Rumley [masterclass] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
14:30 – 15:30 Turning Back the Lens on Productions: Where’s the Representation? [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1

Friday 20 September

10:30 – 11:30 It Takes an Industry to Raise a Baby [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
13:00 – 14:00 Bringing your Film to the Chinese Marketplace [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
14:30 – 15:30 Indie VOD [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
16:30 – 18:00 Mandy.com presents… A Casting Director Masterclass with Manuel Puro [masterclass] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1

Saturday 21 September

10:00- 12:00 Total Arts Festival at Raindance Vue Piccadilly Screen 2
13:00 – 14:00 Filming in Africa: The Politics of Co-Productions [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
14:30 – 15:30 Queer Love Stories onn Screen [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
16:30 – 17:30 The Tip Off Podcast – LIVE! Backlash and Criticism in Investigative Documentary Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1

Sunday 22 September

13:00 – 14:00 Finding Finance [masterclass] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
14:30 – 15:30 Supporting Green Filmmaking: How to Ask for (Much) More [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
16:30 – 17:30 Lumix Presents…A Cinematography Masterclass with Zoran Veljkovic Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
18:00 – 22:00 Showcase of music from the film Imperial Blue
(hosted by East Africa Records, facebook event here)
Strongroom London

Monday 23 September

10:30 – 11:30 German Films present.. Two Sides of the Same Coin:German & British talent discuss the creative process in Film & TV [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
13:00 – 14:00 Film Festivals: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Circuit Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
14:30 – 15:30 Industry Minds Podcast – Live! Mental Health & the Film Industry [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
16:30 – 17:30 Giving the Past Authenticity: Using the Archive to Create the Contemporary [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
18.30 – 20.30 Live Ammo! Vue Piccadilly – Screen 5
19:30 – 00:00 Boozin’ n Schmoozin’ Century Club
19:30 – 21:30 My Dearest Sister Piano Concert SOAS
Tuesday 24 September 10:00 – 12:00 Parent and Baby Screening: Greener Grass Vue Piccadilly – Screen 2
10:30 – 11:30 Sociograph: New Film Analytics for New Film Audiences Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
Wednesday 25 September 10:30 – 11:30 This Is Why Your Film Should Be In VR [talk] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
Thursday 26 September 10:00 – 17:00 Immersive Summit Vue Piccadilly – Screen 4
10:30 – 11:30 Branding and Marketing for Independent Films [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
Friday 27 September 10:30 – 11:30 Cutting Through Red Tape – Creating Relationships to Film in Territories Around the Globe [talk] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1

Saturday 28 September

09:30 – 16:00 Emerging Filmmakers Day (talks and workshops for filmmakers under 25, please register for a space here) Vue Piccadilly – Screen 4
13:00 – 20:00 Gallery of Immersive Experiences (MUST register for a time slot, subject to availability). OXO2
17:00 – 18:00 Emerging Filmmakers Drinks & Networking Virgin Money Lounge

Sunday 29 September

10:00 – 12:00 Relaxed Screening: Back To Maracana Vue Piccadilly – Screen 2
14:00 – 17:00 Gallery of Immersive Experiences (MUST register for a time slot, subject to availability). OXO2
15:00 – 16:00 What’s New in Web Series and Who Moves and Shakes it? [panel] Vue Piccadilly – Screen 1
19:00 – 10:30 Closing Party – please contact rsvp@raindance.co.uk for guest list enquiries (subject to availability) OXO2

If you have any questions regarding the festival or upcoming events, you can contact the hospitality team by:

Email: hospitality@raindance.co.uk 

You can also talk to us directly at the hospitality desk, located in Vue Piccadilly. It will be open daily from 9.30am – 9.30pm. 

Online Interaction

The official hashtag for the festival across all social media is #Raindance

To stay up to date on announcements regarding upcoming events, you can follow us on:

Twitter: @Raindance

Instagram: @raindancefilmfestival 

Facebook: @RaindanceFilmFestLondon



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