Now in its 29th year, Raindance Film Festival is Europe’s leading independent Film Festival showcasing feature films, shorts and docs, virtual reality, web series and music videos from around the world and specialising in independent films and directorial debuts. The festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative, edgy films. Since 1993 Raindance Film Festival has uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene.
Raindance-premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento and the Blair Witch Project, to name a few. Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’, Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.
Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance’s ecosystem includes Raindance Film Festival, Raindance Open Courses, the higher education institute Raindance Film School, and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.
At Raindance, we believe in championing independents in every way. As such, our new script competition is designed to develop upon Raindance’s network and community, and offer greater opportunities to emerging screenwriters.
Similarly, Raindance Film Festival has always been proud to offer a fantastic opportunity to network amongst both established and emerging talent, for those looking to develop their network of collaborators and peers.
Raindance is proud to have supported an array of successful artists in their pursuit of creative goals. Much of this stems from the success of Raindance Film courses, available to independent artists. Such success stories include, but are not limited to: Christopher Nolan, Guy Ritchie, Andrea Arnold, Matthew Vaughn, David Yates, Gavin Hood, Tom Hooper, Edgar Wright, Sacha Baron Cohen, Julian Fellowes and Nick Hornby.
Introducing a brand new category at the Raindance Film Festival, the winner of our feature competition will receive the 'Best Unproduced Screenplay' award, as well as professional script coverage, a copy of final draft and everything else offered to our each of our finalists:
InkTip Subscription (Top 3 scripts)
10-week Writers Fellowship sessions (Top 10 scripts)
1-year industry mentorship (Top 3 scripts)
Thanks to our partners at Filmarket Hub, winners will also receive an invitation to join the platform - a leading online marketplace that connects film and TV projects in development with the audiovisual industry: production companies, broadcasters, OTT platforms, sales agents and distributors. Used by companies like Amazon Prime Video, The Mediapro Studio, Fox, Turner, HBO, Televisa, Sky, Lionsgate, NBC Universal Studio, Gaumont, and many more. Filmarket Hub has many tools and services designed to help you package your project and attract its very best match! PAGE Award winners will be featured in the curated section of the market.
The InkTip listing allows users to promote their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives. Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.
The leading script software program in the industry, Final Draft is used and supported by an array of studios, executives and creatives from independents to Hollywood-alike. The number one in screenwriting software, Final Draft is a fantastic choice for putting 'pen to paper'.
Our friends at ScriptUp, will provide each of the winners a copy of their 'exceptional coverage', allowing the writers to benefit from their notes and further improve material - prior to sharing with industry reps.
Semi-finalists will be offered the opportunity to connect with collaborators at the festival, through a dedicated networking event, a year of free Raindance membership and accreditation to our festival.
Ensuring opportunities are created across the board, Raindance is also proud to offer discounts on membership and festival accreditation to those placing quarter-finalist in the competition.
Regarding our shorts competition, the winner will receive a free copy of Final Draft, as well as professional coverage for their winning script.
Those placing finalists will be awarded:
Access to a selection of classes at Raindance Film School (Top 3 scripts)
1-month Writers Room Fellowship
Discounts for Raindance membership and festival accreditation will also be offered to all those placing quarter-finalist and above in our shorts competition.
For a more detailed breakdown, please visit our competition page at Raindance.
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