Raindance 2020 Festival Dates Announced and Partner with Premier
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RAINDANCE is pleased to announce that the Raindance Film Festival will return to London from 28th October to 7th November 2020 for its twenty-eighth edition of the hugely popular celebration of independent cinema. The Raindance Film Festival draws 16,000 visitors to the vibrant West End film district of London and is officially recognized by the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences USA (AMPAS), the British Academy for Film and Television Art (BAFTA) and the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) .

The winners of the Best Short, the Best Animation Short and the Best Documentary Short qualify for Oscar®. UK films accepted at Raindance can qualify for a BAFTA exam. In addition, British features and shorts can be approved for BIFA 2020 in the official selection.

During the 11-day festival, visitors can expect a wide range of events, workshops, film screenings, and panels to provide insight, together with one, to independent filmmakers Focus on host country / territory and a special retrospective on the Raindance Icon Award Receiver for 2020.

The competition areas of Raindance are open to feature films (narrative and documentation), short films (narrative, animation, documentation, music videos) and immersive experiences (VR).

For the competitive feature films At Raindance, films will fight for: Best International Feature, Best British Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Camera, Best Performance, Best Documentary and The Discovery Award for debut films. The Raindance Special Awards also include Film of the Festival and Spirit of the Festival Award.

For the competitive shorts, Beach films compete for: Best Short Film of the Festival, Best UK Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film, Best Animation Short Film and Best Music Video.

For the competitive immersive (VR) Strand, experiences compete for: best immersive game, best interactive storytelling experience, best cinema experience, best animated experience, best documentary experience, outstanding performance in art, outstanding performance in audio, British Award: Best British Experience, Discovery Award: Best Debut experience and the Grand Jury Award: Best immersive experience of the festival.

Raindance also welcomes its familiar strands back and announces new strands in its program. The strands this year include: Raindance Immersive (XR), Raindance Queer, Raindance Sonic (Music documents and live music), A dirty world (Environmental films), Indigenous (UK Films), Viva Voce: stories of women, female gaze (Films of women behind the camera), Absurdities (Edgy films) and PoliticoMore strands will be announced later.

This year is also the first year that Raindance has worked with the London-based PR company Premier. Premier's Jonathan Rutter had the following to say about the new partnership:Independent filmmaking has always been the focus of our actions. We are delighted to be working with an institution that celebrates this and provides a platform for some of the best independent titles from around the world. "

The founder of the Raindance Film Festival, Elliot Grove, spoke of his enthusiasm for this year's festival:Raindance is returning to London and will take place on October 28th – without ifs and buts. And who better to reinforce the voices of the indie filmmakers than the leading British advertising agency Premier? We are very happy about this new and exciting collaboration and look forward to welcoming you this autumn"


The Raindance Film Festival, which is taking place for the 28th time, is Europe's leading independent film festival and shows feature films, short films and documents, virtual reality, web series and music videos from all over the world. It specializes in independent films and directorial debuts. The festival has a strong legacy in showing alternative, edgy films. Since 1993, the Raindance Film Festival has discovered the hottest new filmmakers for the film scene.

The hits premiered by Raindance include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure. Raindance is listed by Variety as one of the world's 50 leading film festivals and aims to promote, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

Raindance is dedicated to promoting independent film making in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines the Raindance Film Festival, training courses and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.


October 28th to November 7th


Monday, July 6, 2020

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For more information, please contact Press@raindance.co.uk

About Raindance

Raindance aims to promote and support independent filmmakers and filmmakers.

Raindance connects, trains, supports and promotes visual storytellers in every step of their career.

The Raindance Film Festival takes place every autumn in Leicester Square, London.

Raindance has been offering film training since 1992. A wide range of open classes up to a 2 year HND Level 5 BTEC in Moving Images for postgraduate film graduation is offered to students on five continents both in person and online.


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