Industry Days

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Three days packed with insight - a host of special events, talks, panels, and workshops.


China Day - 22nd September

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The opportunity to meet with Chinese delegates visiting London for a day of special presentations, Q&As and gala premieres.

10.00am-10.40am: Free event: China Day Opening Ceremony (Red carpet, mediapress & VIP speech)

10.45am-12.45pm: Three 88mins+(Q&A) and Farewell My Love 27mins

14.00pm-17.00pmChina Hub On the Go & UN+CN Industry Forum


Boozin n Schmoozin

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Raindance's monthly meet-up for filmmakers and film lovers returns for a special festival edition. The perfect place to meet your future collaborators or just chat all things film with people who know their stuff.


Live Ammunition

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This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts – they are the people who decide what will be made and what won’t. Improve your pitching skills and get instant feedback. Pitches which have gone into production include Meet The Parents (1994), 51st State (1995), Siamese Cop (1996) and White Bhaji (2001). For our Festival Live Ammo! 25 lucky individuals will be selected to take the floor and have two minutes to convince the panelists that their script is great, and maybe to read it. They can, and will, gong you off if they get bored. For the 24th Raindance Festival, the prizes are bigger and better; - The top three winning pitches will each receive a £100 voucher for Raindance Film Courses, with the Winner receiving the total cash in the hat - The rest of the pitchers will receive a £25 vouchers Raindance Film Courses. To gain a chance to pitch, book your ticket and drop a fiver in the hat on arrival.


In Conversation with Ken Loach

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We're thrilled that legendary and multi-award winning British filmmaker, Ken Loach will receive the Festival's first-ever Raindance Auteur Award.

Best known globally for his films that highlight various British socio-economic issues, Ken Loach won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his latest film, I, Daniel Blake. 

The award will be presented by Raindance Founder Elliot Grove on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, where Mr. Loach will also participate in an “In Conversation With” discussion spanning his career, films, the ever-changing film industry and what he may have in store for audiences in the future.

Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter's Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties to Land And Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share and I, Daniel Blake.


AON Exhibition


MA Showcase

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The MA showcase is the screening of a selection of short films made by the students in the Raindance Postgraduate Degree. These storytellers from all over the world (UK, Malaysia, Cyprus…) are exploring a range of themes (love, loss, awkward Tinder dates…) and experimenting across different genres, such as comedy, horror, and even musicals. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with mentors and students form the programme.
Email registrar@raindance.co.uk to reserve your place.


Late Shift

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Matt, a smart student, has to prove his innocence after being forced into the robbery of a famous London auction house. How will the audience decide to act when everything is turning against him? The audience takes decisions for the interactive thriller’s hero while the movie keeps on running seamlessly.


Awards Ceremony


Arriaga Masterclass

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Over two intense days, Guillermo Arriaga takes you through complex and advanced methods and principles of story, structure, dramatic tension, character development, scene design and more.