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Raindance Film Festival

International Film Festival.

About

The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. Raindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema. The focus of our programming changes each year to reflect current trends in world cinema. The new underground, Japanese cinema, European, North American and UK indies feature regularly alongside our other strands from all over the world. Our programme is the boldest in the UK, including both a music documentary focus as well as some of the edgiest films in the world. Each year the Festival screens roughly 100 feature films and 150 shorts. 

Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. Selected shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. 

Awards

We currently offer Awards for:

  • Best Film
  • Film of the Festival
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Performance
  • Best UK Feature
  • Best Documentary Feature
  • Discovery Award
  • Best Short of the Festival
  • Best UK Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Animation Short
  • Best Music Video 

Rules

  • All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017. 
  • Raindance requires at least a UK premiere for any feature film. There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos,
  • Works-in-progress are accepted.
  • Submissions are open via withoutabox or filmfreeway only.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Elliot Grove (Director);
  • Suzanne Ballantyne (Programmer).

Documents

Place

United Kingdom
London

Official website

raindance.org

Contacts

Address:

Raindance Film Centre,
10a Craven Street,
London, WC2N 5PE
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)207 930 3412
Email: festival@raindance.co.uk

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    October 02, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 27, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    May 18, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    June 01, 2018
  • Notifications
    August 31, 2018
  • Event dates
    19 — 30 September 2018
Categories & Fees

Documentary films, of any genre and type, over 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £55
  • Regular Deadline — £70
  • Late Deadline — £100

Feature films (over 45 minutes), narrative or documentary, with a theme or story related to the LGBT community.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £55
  • Regular Deadline — £70
  • Late Deadline — £100

Documentary films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £25
  • Regular Deadline — £35
  • Late Deadline — £50

Animated films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £25
  • Regular Deadline — £35
  • Late Deadline — £50

Narrative films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £25
  • Regular Deadline — £35
  • Late Deadline — £50

Music videos, of any type or genre, under 6 minutes in length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £25
  • Regular Deadline — £35
  • Late Deadline — £50

Virtual Reality films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £25
  • Regular Deadline — £35
  • Late Deadline — £50

Narrative films, of any genre and type, over 45 minutes long.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £55
  • Regular Deadline — £70
  • Late Deadline — £100

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