Raindance kicks off with an Opening Gala at Vue West End on 26 September, with the UK premiere of award-winning Chilean director Marialy Rivas’ Princesita, a film about a young girl raised in a cult. Then, over 12 days, you can catch an incredible selection of features, documentaries and short films at our Piccadilly venue: the only way to experience a future classic.
Want to know more about the UK’s top indie festival? Here are a few interesting details for film fans:
- Each year the festival attracts 16,000 visitors including 500 industry professionals into London.
- In 2003 Raindance launched the world's first 15 Second Short Film Competition. How long is a 15 second film? As long as it took you to read this far.
- 1995 was the perilous third year of the festival when it nearly went broke, so broke that numerous screenings were projected onto a bed sheet in the basement of a pub in Soho.
- Founder of Raindance, Elliot Grove, was raised in an Amish community and had never seen a movie until he was 16 years old...yet he went on to create the UK’s largest and most important independent film festival.
- Raindance has hosted many UK premieres of now world-famous films, including What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Blair Witch Project, Pulp Fiction, Memento, Ghost World and Old Boy.
- Selected shorts that show at Raindance qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA consideration, so dust off that film script in your bottom drawer and get that camera rolling…
- 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 the international Jury has included such luminaries as Sean Bean, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Martin Freeman, Ewen Bremner, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Tom Waits, Vicky McClure and Sheridan Smith.
- Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, hired Edgar Wright as his first festival intern – Wright went on to make films including Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead and Baby Driver.
Head here to find out more about Raindance.