Why People Join Raindance: 5 Reasons - Raindance

The annual Raindance Film Festival is a tremendous triumph of people power vs bureaucracy. A victory for the individual over huge corporate giants. And it is really the contribution of Raindance members that make this happen. And it’s why people Join Raindance.

Raindance Film Festival happens annually without the benefit of public funding. And that’s been going on for nearly thirty years. It will remain that way, fiercely and proudly independent. Because of Raindance members.

Why People Join Raindance: 5 Reasons

1.Raindance members are inclusive not exclusive

Many correctly think of filmmakers as elitist. This is true of most other film organisations. Put a lanyard with a film logo around someone’s neck and they seem to automatically shift gears from a normally caring and responsive individual into self-centred, snobbish and selfish slob.

Many of today’s top filmmakers launched their careers at Raindance – at a time when they knew nothing and had done nothing. Raindance doesn’t have a VIP area. The Raindance red carpet is open for all. We welcome people of all races, creeds and experience levels.

Knock on our door! I think you will find it hospitable inside.

2. Raindance members tire of typical Hollywood fare

It’s not just Hollywood fare here. It’s any form of entertainment that has been constructed solely in order to squeeze money out of the audience.

Put more succinctly, Raindance is about independent voices and independent thinking. Raindance members know that the time for action is now. A Raindance member stands for films and filmmakers that ask the tough questions. The questions that champion freedom. Raindance members are always innovative. Raindance members are disruptive. And above all, Raindance members are creative and entertaining. Why not join the tribe?

3. Culture jamming

Raindance is in fighting mode. Let me explain.

Culture jamming is employed as a reaction against social conformity. It really is the highest form of disruption. Raindance members employ culture jamming when they want people to re-examine social structures and cultures, especially those that create unjust situations.

Culture jamming is also about social impact. Raindance members are all about improving the world we live in be it cultural, social or environmental.

4.Raindance members innovate

Innovation in storytelling and filmmaking is something Raindance has pioneered since 1992. Be it the first ever European Webfest, or the Gallery of Immersive Stories, Raindance has always been in the forefront. Many of our best and freshest ideas come from members.

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5. Raindance members network

The film industry is a people industry – It’s not what you know but whom.

Join the Raindance community for networking. Maybe you are new in town. Maybe you are trying to find collaborators. At Raindance networking events, the people are always great and the beer plentiful and cold.

Raindance would not exist without our members. Your membership helps us continue our good work. Join Raindance >HERE



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.

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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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