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Raindance Web Fest Announces Official Programme and British Independent Series Awards Nominees

YouTube star Liam Dryden revealed all at first ever Raindance live stream launch

Raindance Web Fest, the UK’s only dedicated web series festival and streaming video industry networking event - part of the Raindance Film Festival programme has today announced this year’s line-up of screenings and events.

The second ever Raindance Web Fest which is set to return on 27th and 28th September 2014, at Vue Cinema, Piccadilly, will play host to six world premieres including LOL 2, the long-awaited sequel to LOL created by Ric Forster (creator of Fremantle’s Neighbours’ spin-off web series).

Portal, the UK’s first original series commissioned by Dailymotion will also debut at this year’s festival. Created by Future Artists and Screen Yorkshire, the series explores what happens when the ultimate legal high, 'Portal', part drug, part social network, is banned and how the 'lost generation' loses its means to escape.

This year’s festival will also host the first ever British Independent Series Awards (BISA) – an awards ceremony dedicated to recognising upcoming talent within the industry. Nominations for this year’s festival were announced via live stream by YouTube sensation, Liam Dryden. The BISA’s high profile jury includes producing talent, Jake Avnet C.O.O. of WIGS, recently named as one of Hollywood’s new leaders by Variety, Mark Melling, director of AOL Video - Europe, and Vanessa Bakewell, head of entertainment at Facebook.

Categories include Best British Series, Best International Series, Best Leading Actor and the inaugural Raindance Discovery Award. Competing for these accolades are web series hits such as Emmy Award winner Venice: The Series, FUTURE DUCK! and the latest US web success, Destroy The Alpha Gammas.

Also taking place at Raindance Web Fest will be a series of panels featuring speakers such as Comedy Central’s Sam Delaney, Rebecca Frankel of Little Dot Studios, three time Emmy Award winner Crystal Chappell, popular UK YouTubers Chris Bingham and Jack Howard, Content Media’s Mark Benmore and Barney Worfolk-Smith of Th@t Lot.

Elliot Grove, Raindance Founder comments: “We have an exciting line up for this year’s Web Fest, with six world premieres and a host of industry events. We’re delighted to be able to highlight the brilliant filmmaking talent of the digital world and recognise their hard work and creativity with the first ever British Independent Series Awards. “

Early bird Raindance Web Fest Passes* are available now and offer access to all Web Fest screenings & panels (excluding Web Fest Awards) – tickets can be purchased via www.raindancefestival.org/festival-passes


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*Raindance Web Fest Pass [Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th Sept]- Access to all Web Fest screenings & panels - excluding Web Fest Awards
Full Price - £40.00~
Concession - £35.00
Raindance Member - £30.00

Raindance Festival Passes* (starting from £100) and tickets the Opening and Closing Gala screenings (£25) are also available now and can be purchased via www.raindancefestival.org

All other tickets for the festival go on general release at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 at www.myvue.com/raindance. Full details can be found at www.raindancefestival.org.


About Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Film Festival, which takes place in London at Vue Piccadilly from 24th September – 5th October, is Europe’s largest independent film festival.

Now in its 22nd year, the festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative films and uncovering the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene.  Raindance-premiered hits include Memento, Old Boy, the Blair Witch Project, Pusher, Ghost World and Love Exposure. 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.

In 2013 Raindance launched its VOD platform, Raindance Releasing, which provides online distribution for the independent and alternative films that Raindance screens. Providing great content at a fair price for filmmakers and audiences, Raindance Releasing is a place to experience the Raindance Film Festival year round.

A dedicated web series festival, Raindance Web Fest, will also return to Raindance for its second year. It takes place on 27th and 28th September 2014, during Raindance Film Festival, and will feature a packed schedule of screenings and panel discussions with industry experts, covering topics from digital storytelling, to creating the social TV experience.

Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, the prestigious British Independent Film Awards, the Raindance Web Fest, the British Independent Series Awards and Raindance Releasing.


WORLD PREMIERES at Raindance Web Fest 2014

  • Portal (UK)
    Created by Future Artists, Screen Yorkshire and Dailymotion. Starring Chelsea Edge, Clay Whitter, Victoria Connett
    The ultimate legal high 'Portal' part drug, part social network, just got banned, what happens when the 'lost generation' loses its means to escape! Portal is Dailymotion UK’s first original series commission.
  • Darren Has A Breakdown (UK)
    Created by Menelik Simpson. Starring Matt Houston and Daniel Cech-Lucas
    Comedy following one guy's attempts to rebuild his life after his girlfriend dumps him, with the help of court ordered therapy.
  • LOL Series 2 (UK)
    Created by Ric Forster.  Starring Nicola Mahoney, Michael Lawrence and Andrew Sykes.
    Six years after 2008’s UK web series hit LOL, University dropout Keely Cooper is forced to move home with to her family and soon reconnects with some dangerous old friends.
  • Big Heads (Germany/UK)~
    Created by Marlene Melchior and Alex Forge. Starring Marlene Melchior, Sarah Grether and Michelle Chiesa.
    Big Heads is a black comedy about the lives and egos of young artists in Berlin.

WORLD PREMIERE EPISODES at Raindance Web Fest 2014

  • Jon and Jen Are Married (USA)
    Created by Gregory Fitzsimmons. Starring Jackie Geary, Jamison Haase and Mike Rock.
    Jon and Jen go to extreme lengths to spice up their marriage in this bizarre, absurd comedy web series.
  • HELL.A. (USA)
    Created by Hunter Davis. Starring Steve Olson, Robert Hunter and Roman Cataldo
    Fed up with their dead end lives in Cleveland, a scheming filmmaker, an eccentric musician, and a delusional male model move to Los Angeles for a fresh start on life.

*JUDGES at the British Independent Series Awards

  • Jake Avnet, WIGS
  • Vanessa Bakewell, Facebook
  • Michael Caruso, Creator
  • Jesse Cleverly, Wildseed Studios
  • Lorna Cooper, MSN Entertainment
  • Lawrence Francis, Premier
  • Harriet Fuest, Dailymotion
  • Ben Grass, Pure Grass Films
  • Vicky Howell, Frostbite UK
  • Luke Hyams, Director
  • Felicity Jackson, Casting Days
  • Jazza John, TenEighty Magazine
  • Anna Macdonald, London Film Academy
  • Mark Melling, Aol On
  • Leslie Morgan, Endemol Beyond
  • Jenni Powell, New Media Rockstars
  • Brett Snelgrove, BuzzMyVideos
  • Camilla Storey, Producer

FESTIVAL PREMIERES at Raindance Web Fest 2014

  • The Amazing Gayl Pile (Canada)
  • Capitol Hill (USA)
  • Chuggers (UK
  • Cynic (UK)
  • The Day They Came To Suck Out Our Brains (UK)
  • The Dream Series (USA)
  • Emma’s World (Germany)
  • Gringa Latina (USA)
  • I Luv U But (Australia)
  • Lily Tells (Canada)
  • MALICE: Metamorphosis (USA)
  • Neffy (UK)
  • Neighbours: Brennan on the Run (Australia)
  • Outside The Box (UK)
  • Photo Talk (USA)
  • Quirkology (UK)
  • Tales of the End of the World (UK)
  • Whatever, Linda (Canada)

British Independent Series Awards 2014 Nominees


  • LOL
  • Neffy
  • SOS: Save Our Skins
  • Tales of the End of the World


  • The Amazing Gayl Pile (Canada)
  • Destroy The Alpha Gammas (USA)
  • Emma's World (Germany)
  • Sad Motivator (USA)
  • Shenanigans: Red Notice (Canada)
  • Venice The Series (USA)


  • Hannah Cheesman (Whatever, Linda)
  • Henry Nixon (Low Life)
  • Bhama Roget (WRECKED)
  • Timothy Ryan Cole (Sad Motivator)
  • Rory Uphold (HelLA)
  • Morgan Waters (The Amazing Gayl Pile)


  • Acting Dead
  • Bloomers
  • Destroy The Alpha Gammas
  • Esther's Style
  • Flat3
  • Venice The Series


  • Destroy The Alpha Gammas - Sound Mixing
  • FUTURE DUCK! - Animation
  • Low Life - Cinematography
  • MALICE: Metamorphosis - Visual FX
  • Sad Motivator - Editing
  • Whatever, Linda - Production Design


  • Marlene Melchior, Writer/Director "Big Heads"
  • Ted Shiress, Writer "Cynic"
  • Vianessa Castaños, Writer/Director "Gringa Latina"
  • Toyin Ogunjumo, Lead Actress "Neffy"
  • John Andrew Cameron, Director "Milk Paton"
  • Hannah Cheesman & Julian De Zotti, Writers "Whatever, Linda"

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