GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

Submissions are open for the 32nd Raindance Film Festival
London, 19 - 29 June 2024
To be eligible for Raindance 2024, films must be completed on or after January 2023.

Since 1992 Raindance reaches out and supports the new generation of creative and innovative filmmakers both in the UK and around the world. The Raindance Film Festival runs in Central London allowing international filmmakers to enjoy a West-End premiere with a truly London experience.

The festival welcomes 16,000+ visitors each year including buyers, distributors, festival programmers, financiers, producers, press, and film lovers in general.

Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the British Independent Film Awards. Winners of Best Animation Short/Best Documentary Short/Short of the Festival) categories will qualify for Oscar® and selected shorts also be for BAFTA consideration.

Festival Sections:
• World-renowned programme of the best UK and international independent films
• Masterclasses with special guests
• Raindance Industry Forum – talks and panels
Script Competition (To submit click HERE) (https://raindance.org/festival/submit/scripts/)
• Raindance Immersive strand
• Networking events
• Emerging filmmakers focus

The 32nd Raindance Film Festival will take place from 19-29 June 2024.

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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 the press and the public alike. We have a keen interest in work from first-time filmmakers, female filmmakers, stories from the LGBTQ+ community, stories on social injustice and environmental issues, horrors, and last but not least music documentaries.

Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Terry Gilliam, 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 Sean Bean, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Martin Freeman, Gareth Edwards, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Tom Waits, Vicky McClure and Sheridan Smith among top UK industry guest jurors.

RAINDANCE MEMBERS

Raindance members get a discount on their first submission each year. If you are a member email festival@raindance.co.uk to receive your unique waiver code relevant to the membership you have purchased. Please include your membership number and expiry date.

RAINDANCE FILM SCHOOL

A professional, accredited film school with an independent spirit, Raindance has been teaching novice and experienced filmmakers alike since 1992. Our ethos is focused on independence, and our courses are designed for you to develop your skills your way, in your style.

• Raindance Jury Awards:
Best Documentary Feature
Best International Feature
Best UK Feature
Best UK Director
Best UK Cinematography
Best Performance in a UK Feature
Elisar Cabrera Discovery Award for Debut Feature
Best Debut Director
Best Performance in a Debut Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best UK Short
Best Live Action Short
• Raindance Icon Award
• Raindance Immersive Awards

The 32nd Raindance Film Festival will take place in summer from 19-29 JUNE 2024.

1. Submission Deadlines
• Call for entries open on 1st August 2023
• Early deadline Monday 4th December 2023
• Regular deadline is Monday 8th January 2024
• Final deadline is Monday 5th February 2024

Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted. Only one version of the film will be reviewed by programmers.

3. Submission Eligibility
• All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2023.
• Raindance requires at least a UK premiere for any feature film.
• There is no premiere policy for short films.
• Work-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 in any format, nor screened publicly online.
• If, after you submit, the premiere status of your feature film changes rendering it no longer available for at least UK premiere, please let us know immediately and withdraw your film from submissions.
• There is no premiere policy for short films, 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 the relevant council in London. This means we cannot accept anyone underage during any screening of the Festival. Please take this into account when submitting to Raindance.

6. Submission Fee
All submissions for Raindance are to be paid through the FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping - for selected films ONLY
If selected your DCP should be sent to:

Raindance Film Festival
10a Craven Street
London WC2N 5PE
United Kingdom

If the film is selected for the Festival all shipping and postage costs for 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.

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
• Quality of narrative and production values.
• Independent nature of the production.

9. Notification
Raindance endeavors to complete all selection procedures by 6 May 2023 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 - for selected films ONLY
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a backup Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labeled on the DCP and Blu-ray. All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles files.
Blu-ray will be used as a backup 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 been insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.

11. Scheduling - for selected films ONLY
Screenings are scheduled 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 schedule.No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

12. Promotion - for selected films ONLY
Selected films must acknowledge that Raindance reserves the right to promote the films on Raindance's website and social media using both images and video that you provide.

13. Festival Awards
Raindance Jury prizes for the feature films, short films, and VR will be confirmed later on.

If shortlisted for a Jury prize the online screeners of the film must be made available for the duration of the festival for all the jury members.

Overall Rating
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • I've been to Raindance as a punter, but to be part of this fantastic film festival with a film screening at the event was a unique experience! We saw incredible films, met passionate and exciting people, got to network and party, and we will be back!
    Elliot, David and the team made us feel like we belonged on the red (orange) carpet and inspired us to keep making movies and chasing our dreams. Thank you, Team Raindance!

    November 2023
  • One of the worlds best festivals. An honour to be part of it.

    November 2023
  • Talal Al-Muhanna

    Though there were some technical issues with the host cinema's website, the overall experience of the festival was really good. The programming team was enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging the entire way and our post-screening Q&A was well handled and successful.

    February 2023
  • Jonathan Blagrove

    Thankyou Raindance and Ana for programming The Dong so beautifully at the Rio
    Till next time
    Best Wishes Jonny Phillips

    November 2022
  • Three Wishes Productions

    A top Tier genre festival with lots of history and passion behind it. Our film, Tistlebu, also had the great opportunity to screen live and the director and one of the actresses were in attendance. They had nothing but great things to say about Raindance and their experience. We can comfortably recommend this fantastic festival.

    November 2022