Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses — which are offered throughout the year at our 10 international hubs — and the British Independent Film Awards.
The organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment: can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience? The first Raindance event was a masterclass with Dov Simens held in London in April 1992.
Just over one year later in October 1993 Raindance Film Festival was born, held at London’s Prince Charles Cinema and Ciné Lumière, giving What’s Eating Gilbert Grape its UK premiere. Since then, Raindance has hosted the UK premieres of The Blair Witch Project, Dead Man’s Shoes, Memento, Ghost World, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace, I Origins and Old Boy. The festival runs annually in September in London’s West End.
Operating for more than 25 years, Raindance offers a wide range of evening and weekend film training courses in cities around the world, including London, Toronto, LA, Berlin and Paris, as well as online — all taught by experienced film professionals. Our courses, classes and workshops include some of the most popular in the world, spanning disciplines and crafts such as screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, special effects, editing, lighting, sound and short film making to name just a few.
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