What Raindance Is Really About - Raindance

If you want to make a movie or write a screenplay there are two routes into the film industry

1. The Industry route

You need to go  knocking on the doors of the large film corporations and the publicly funded film organisations here and in Europe. The inhabitants of these ivory tower peer out onto the throng and decide who are the Chosen Few – who are admitted with great fanfare.

2. The Raindance route

We believe that ANYONE can celebrate culture and create art: be it Dance, Music, Painting and in our case film – creating pop culture and you don’t need to go to film school.

Raindance celebrates the art – the films – made outside of the industry corporates. We believe that every single film: short, feature or documentary deserves to be seen. And what is more, these wonderful passionate personal statements could as well have been made by you – truly independent.

Discover. And be Discovered

noahs-ark3. A history lesson

Thousands of years ago, a man named Noah got ‘the call’ to build a boat. Everyone thought he was crazy: he had no maritime skills, he’d never done it before and he lived in the mountains miles from the sea.

But he stuck it out and built his boat – The Ark – and the reason I know it worked? We’re all here!

Early last century big corporates got together, raised a sinfully huge pile of money and hired the brightest and best maritime engineers and boat builders and built the biggest, strongest bestest boat ever built in the history of maritime navigation – the Titanic.

I ask you – which boat would you rather be on? Noah’s Ark? Or the Titanic.

Now help us get this message across – tell your friends about us.

Discover. And be Discovere



Photo Credit David Martinez / BIFA 2018

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. Elliot is the founder of Raindance Film Festival (1993) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America.

Raindance BREXiT trailer 2019

Elliot has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers’ Lab: Write + Sell the Hot Screenplay, now in its second edition, Raindance Producers’ Lab: Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking and Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Professional Media Practice).

In 2009 he was awarded a PhD for services to film education.

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