The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. Now in its 25th year, it is based in the heart of London's buzzing West End film district.
Raindance showcases features, shorts and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for film.
Raindance satisfies the public's thirst for original filmmaking through its diverse international programming. The focus of our programming changes each year to reflect current trends in UK and world cinema. The new underground, Japanese cinema, European, North American and UK indies feature regularly alongside our other strands from all over the world. It is also an Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying festival, as well as being closely associated with the BIFAs.
Amongst others, Raindance has hosted the UK premieres of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Blair Witch Project, Dead Man’s Shoes, Memento, Humpday, Love Exposure, Ghost World, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace, I Origins and Old Boy. Our programming receives plaudits from press and public alike.
Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone, Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Armando Iannucci, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Amy Hubbard, Alice Lowe, Tom Waits, Vicky McClure, Sheridan Smith and Martin Freeman.
Current patrons of Raindance include Terry Gilliam, Mike Figgis, Ewan McGregor, Michael Winterbottom, and Marky Ramone.
The 25th Raindance Film Festival will take place in central London from 20 September to 1 October 2017.
1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from October 3rd 2016.
The early deadline is Friday 28 April 2017, the regular deadline is Friday 19 May 2017, the late deadline is Friday 02 June 2017. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener OR by DVD. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time MUST be clearly labeled on the DVD. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.
3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
- Raindance requires at least a UK premiere for any feature film.
- There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
4. Premiere Status
- Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online.
- There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.
5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Raindance Film Festival receive a blank 18 certificate from Westminster Council (London). This means we cannot accept anyone underaged during any screening of the Festival. Please take this into account when submitting to Raindance.
6. Submission Fee
All submissions for Raindance Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
Your submission DVD should be sent to:
Raindance Film Festival
10a Craven Street
London WC2N 5PE
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Raindance must be borne by the submitting party. Raindance will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Raindance will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Raindance will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.
Submission packages from outside the UK must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.
8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
Raindance endeavours to complete all selection procedures by Thursday 31 August 2017 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a back-up Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labeled on the DCP and Blu-ray.
Blu-ray will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.
A selected DCP must be received at Raindance no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.
Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Raindance aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Raindance assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Raindance. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Raindance reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Raindance will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.
Jury prizes for Feature Films: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Discovery Awards, Best UK Film.
Jury prizes for Short Films: Best Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best UK Short.
If shortlisted for a Jury prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Raindance.
Narrative films, of any genre and type, over 45 minutes long.
Documentary films, of any genre and type, over 45 minutes long.
Raindance Film Festival accepts UK and International feature films (over 45 minutes), narrative or documentary, with a theme or story related to the LGBT community.
Narrative films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.
Documentary films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.
Animated films, of any genre and type, under 45 minutes long.
Music videos, of any type or genre, under 6 minutes in length.