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Raindance Film Festival

18 September - 29 September 2019

Contact: Elliot Grove


Phone: 0207 287 3833

Fax: -

Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street
United Kingdom - England

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The very first Raindance event was in April 1992 when we hosted a film seminar with the Hollywood maverick, Dov Simens.

Since 1993 the Raindance Film Festival has annually uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Some Raindance-premiered hits are Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

In 1998 Raindance launched the British Independent Film Awards – a yearly industry event attended by the upper ranks of the UK moviemaking establishment. The BIFAs are now regarded as one of the penultimate awards in the world film calendar. Honours have included Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, and helped launch countless films including 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

Until 2001 Raindance Film Festival was sometimes referred to as the ‘London’ or ‘pre-MIFED’ Screenings (MIFED collapsed post 9/11), essentially filling the film market position for the UK and which saw approximately 63% of films picked up by UK distributors. A similar London UK Film Focus (LUFF) was set up in 2004 by Film London, followed by the Production Finance Market in 2007.

Similarly “Raindance Kids: London’s Children Film Festival” which had been set up by Raindance and ran successfully for a number of years post 9/11 when sponsorship collapsed, hitting all arts organizations. The model was reproduced two years later by the London Barbican who now run the “London Children’s Film Festival”.

Raindance consulted on the creation of the Berlin Talent Campus and created Raindance East (now the independently run East End Film Festival).

Year established: 1993

Is this festival exclusively animation?: No - this is a film festival

Submission deadline:
31 May 2019

Entry fee:


  • Animated Short

Submission methods:

  • FilmFreeway
  • Withoutabox

The film can be of any length and of any genre.

Any film between 0-49 minutes will classify as a short, anything thereafter will classify as a feature.

Submission fees will be worked out on the basis of running time.

The film must not have appeared on British television.

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