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25th Anniversary

Call for Entries 



Raindance Film Festival invites UK and International producers and filmmakers to submit their films to its 25th edition that will take place from 20th September to 1st October 2017 in central London.

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery.


The Festival accepts feature films (over 45 min.), short films (under 45 min.), music videos (under 6 min) VR films (under 45min) and web series. Projects of all lengths and genres are welcomed and the Raindance Film Festival is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking.

Festival Strands

  • In Competition
  • Discovery
  • Documentaries
  • Official Selection
  • Raindance LGBT
  • Special Screenings
  • Raindance Symphony Orchestra
  • Shorts
  • Music Videos
  • Raindance Web Fest

Premiere Policy

  • Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online.
  • There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.
  • Raindance accepts work-in-progress cuts but we will not accept subsequent cuts of more complete versions. Please send your film in the most complete and finished form possible to be reviewed.

How to Submit 

Submissions are open via withoutabox or filmfreeway only.

*VR films to be submitted via filmfreeway only.

Completion Date

To be eligible for Raindance 2017 your film must have been completed after 1 January 2016.

Submission deadlines and fees

Date Deadline  Feature Fee Shorts Fee Music Video Fee
28 April 2017  Early Deadline  £55 £25 £25
26 May 2017  Regular Deadline  £70 £35 £35
09 June 2017  Late Deadline  £100 £50 £50
16 June 2017  WAB Extended Deadline  £150 £80 £80

31 August 2017 – notification date

All the submissions for Raindance Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

Raindance Members

Raindance members can submit one short/music video or a feature at half price. If you are a member email festival@raindance.co.uk to receive your unique waiver code. Please include your membership number and expiry date. To join Raindance please go to: http://www.raindance.org/premium/


Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Independent nature of the production.


Raindance will notify all submitting parties on 31 August 2017, in writingif 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.


Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, as well as a back-up Blu-ray. (Except VR films)

Festival Prizes

- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best UK Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Discovery Award
- Best Short
- Best UK Short
- Best Music Video

Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. Selected shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. British short films that play in competition and all British features that play in 2016 will be eligible for entry for the 2016 British Independent Film Awards BIFA.

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