Raindance Film Festival

Raindance is an independent film festival and film school that operates in major cities including London, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin and Brussels.[1] The festival was established in 1992 by Elliot Grove to be the voice of British filmmaking and in 2013 was listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 'unmissable film festivals'.[2] Raindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers.[3] In 2009 the Raindance Film Festival had approximately 6069 attendees, followed by 4694 in 2010. Their website claims 13,500 attendees in 2012 and 80,000 online followers.[4]

Raindance Film School and Festival
Location(s)London, New York City, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Berlin, Brussels and Budapest


  • 1992 – Raindance is founded. Film training courses are offered.
  • 1993 – The Raindance Film Festival is launched, World premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
  • 1994Pulp Fiction makes its UK debut at Raindance.
  • 1998 – Raindance creates the British Independent Film Awards which celebrate the achievements of independent British filmmaking.
  • 2000 – Christopher Nolan's Memento has its UK premiere at Raindance.
  • 2003 – Raindance launches the world's first 15 Second Shorts Competition with Nokia.
  • 2004 – The Independent Film Trust is launched by Raindance: a charity that supports independent filmmaking and provides bursaries and training for the disadvantaged, from children in inner-city schools to refugees and the mentally ill.
  • 2008 – Raindance Screens Once, which goes on to win the Academy Award for Best Song.
  • 2009Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley's first film, debuts at Raindance.[5]
  • 2012 – Short films which play at Raindance become eligible for Oscar nominations.
  • 2013 – Raindance launches Raw Talent and produces its film Love.Honour.Obey.[6]
  • 2015 – Raindance launches 360/VR Storytelling training.[7]
  • 2016 – Raindance launches the Auteur Award and presents the inaugural prize to Ken Loach.[8]
  • 2016 – Raindance launches the VRX Awards and Showcase.[9]
  • 2017 – Raindance hands the 2nd Annual Auteur Award to Guy Ritchie, describing him as a "prominent figure" who breathed "new life into the British film industry" with his "cult crime comedies."[10]
  • 2017 – Raindance celebrated its 25th anniversary.[11]
  • 2018 – Raindance hands the 3rd Annual Auteur Award to Terry Gilliam, saying that for four decades, he's been "magicking amazing visual stories from practically nowhere." [12]


  1. Britishcouncil.org Archived 2010-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "London Official Visitor Guide". Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  3. "Screen South".
  4. "Raindance Sponsorships".
  5. Cooper, Sarah (October 12, 2009). "Ben Wheatley's Down Terrace wins best feature at 17th Raindance". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  6. Balavage, Catherine. "Raindance Raw Talent ties with Mulholland Pictures in new feature film". Frost Magazine. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  7. "Hands-On Virtual Reality Workshop". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  8. "Raindance to honour Ken Loach with new award". What's Worth Seeing. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  9. "VIRTUAL REALITY". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  10. "Guy Ritchie to be honoured by 2017 Raindance Film Festival". What's Worth Seeing. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  11. "25th Raindance Highlights". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  12. "Raindance to Honour Terry Gilliam with Auteur Award". What's Worth Seeing. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
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