Boasting its heritage in the creation of film-makers in London, the Raindance Festival comes of age this year at its 21st anniversary event in September 2013. As one of over half a dozen festivals curated across Europe and the USA, the Raindance London Festival runs from 25th September until the 8th October and brings some of the finest independent film to the city.
An ideal opportunity to see new films, hear the voices of the film-makers and meet people involved in the industry, the festival has a wide appeal for those both within and outside film-making.
Noted by Variety magazine as one of the world’s top 50 film festivals, Raindance is able to claim the accolade of being Europe’s top independent film festival. Hosting some of the world’s most well-known film makers, including Tarantino, Ken Loach and Armando Iannucci, over the 20 years of the festival to date it has built a reputation for bringing innovation to independent film.
As well as the big hitters, Raindance also brings together the less well-known names in the world of film-making to gain exposure and learn from one another. The festival aims to support, nurture and promote independent films and in order to do that it encourages new independent film-makers to put forward their contributions to the festival.
Over the years of its operation, Raindance has pushed forward a number of developments to support and promote independent film within the movie industry. Giving a cinematic stage to some highly controversial films, the festival has given a voice to film-makers that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is acceptable in films and entertainment. Throughout the years, the festival has expanded from showing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? From just a few interested attendees to screening over 200 films from over 45 countries around the world.
Arguably one of the most important developments throughout the life of the festival was achieved in 2012, when it was announced that the winner of the coveted “Short Film of the Festival” prize would become Oscar eligible and go on to be nominated. The 2013 festival is likely to see further developments and yet more increases in attendance at screenings, which will take place across London.
As the self-proclaimed voice of indie film, the festival brings some gala screenings of independent films to industry audiences over the course of the two weeks of proceedings. In addition to the screening of some exceptionally fine films, Raindance also puts wannabe film makers and those just starting out in the industry access to some of the movers and shakers in independent film. Throughout the course of the festival, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and greet with influential writers, directors and technicians to make connections and broaden horizons.
Linked to the Raindance Film School in London, the festival gives the opportunity for attendees at its programmes and courses to feature on the programme at the festival following submission. Anyone from participants in Raindance’s short courses through to the Postgraduate Film Degree programme has the opportunity to put their work forward to be shown alongside some of the greatest independent film-makers in the world today.
Raindance continues to be one of the highlights of the international film festival calendar and gives a showcase to independent movies from around the world. Following several years of incredible growth with booming audiences and many successful talks and seminars, the festival goes into its coming-of-age year in 2013 from a position of great strength and promises better still to come.