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,[citation needed] and it showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers.[2]

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

In 2013, the festival was listed by Variety as one of the world's top 50 "unmissable film festivals".[3]


  • 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.[4]
  • 2012 – Short films which play at Raindance become eligible for Oscar nominations.
  • 2013 – Raindance launches Raw Talent and produces its film Love.Honour.Obey.[5]
  • 2015 – Raindance launches 360/VR Storytelling training.[6]
  • 2016 – Raindance launches the Auteur Award and presents the inaugural prize to Ken Loach.[7]
  • 2016 – Raindance launches the VRX Awards and Showcase.[8]
  • 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."[9]
  • 2017 – Raindance celebrated its 25th anniversary.[10][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. ^ "Screen South".
  3. ^ "London Official Visitor Guide". Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  4. ^ Cooper, Sarah (12 October 2009). "Ben Wheatley's Down Terrace wins best feature at 17th Raindance". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ Balavage, Catherine. "Raindance Raw Talent ties with Mulholland Pictures in new feature film". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Hands-On Virtual Reality Workshop". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Raindance to honour Ken Loach with new award". What's Worth Seeing. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  8. ^ "VIRTUAL REALITY". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Guy Ritchie to be honoured by 2017 Raindance Film Festival". What's Worth Seeing. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  10. ^ "25th Raindance Highlights". Raindance Film Festival. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  11. ^ Dalton2018-10-05T11:30:00+01:00, Ben. "'Princesita' wins four awards at Raindance Film Festival". Screen. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Raindance to Honour Terry Gilliam with Auteur Award". What's Worth Seeing. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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