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Sponsors of the Raindance Fim Festival

Raindance would not exist without these, our sponsors:


Since 2002, for five years running, Cineworld Cinemas is proud to once again be the principal sponsor of the Raindance Film Festival. The landmark Cineworld Haymarket hosts the opening and closing night gala celebrations with the bulk of the festival unspooling at the Trocadero. Festival screenings take place at Cineworld Shaftesbury. Cineworld staff and Unlimited passholders are amongst the festival’s staunchest supporters


Back for their fifth year as a supporter of the festival, Tiscali are once again holding the Tiscali Short Film Award competition which is open to first time, UK filmmakers. The award voting takes place online at Tiscali.co.uk with the winner taking home £1000 in cash.

Tiscali are also  an innovative online scheme with Raindance, hosting virtual screenings of selected features and short films from the festival on Tiscali.co.uk. These screenings will take place simultaneously with the off-line festival allowing film fans who are unable to travel to Central London the chance to enjoy the Raindance experience as it happens.

After a successful 2nd year, Raindance welcomes Delta as the official airline of the festival. Delta supports the Best UK Short Film Award with a prize of 2 return tickets to anywhere in the US. The prize was designed to give UK filmmakers the opportunity to attend screenings of their film in US festivals. In 2007 Osbert Parker, used his tickets to fly to Aspen Shorts Fest where he was awarded the best animation prize for his short film.

Delta are enabling three US filmmakers to fly to London to attend their films’ screenings at Raindance Film Festival.

The Rex Cinema + Bar is hosting this year’s Festival Lounge with special events, advance screenings, and a networking centre ironically sited in the same premises as the debut Raindance Film Festival in 1993. Stylish, decadent, yet relaxed, the Rex is the perfect match for Raindance.



Raindance has always been associated with cutting edge music films. Last year, HMV hosted a special screening of Performance, chosen by jury member Mick Jones, founder of The Clash who later gave a Q&A. Watch an interview with Mick at the festival here

SAE, the international digital training college with British camuses in Glasgow, Liverpool and London, returns to Raindance for their 3rd year running. Raindance and SAE created the SAE Best Digital Short Film Award – honouring a short film made using digital means only. SAE will also be hosting a series of masterclasses and special events.

Through more than 70 facilities in California, New York, London, Singapore and other locations throughout the world, Ascent Media provides effective solutions for the creation, management and distribution of content to major motion picture studios, independent  producers, broadcast networks, cable channels, advertising agencies and other companies that produce, own and/or distribute content.


Raindance has enjoyed the premium design services of Bitch Rabbit since 1998.

Kodak sponsors a Special cinematography masterclass. Last year’s event featured cinematographer Roger Pratt (Batman, 12 Monkeys).



The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation supports our critically acclaimed Way Out East programme, Making it possible to import/export heavy film prints and pay screening fees.

The Italian Cultural Institute makes it possible to meet the import/export costs of Italian films screened at Raindance and offers support in sourcing the best new Italian films.

Thanks to the generous support of The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Raindance is able to fund the trip of prolific indie Japanese filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki to the festival who will be screening 3 of his films and holding Q&A’s

Instituto Cervantes makes it possible to meet the import/export costs of Spanish films screened at Raindance and offers support in sourcing the best new Spanish speaking films.



Who said indie film had a small audience? Rotten Tomatoes boasts over 25 million visitors each month, and are covering Raindance on their international website

Shooting People and Raindance go back ages, and this year, Shooting People is once again getting behind the premiere indie festival in the UK, hosting panel discussions, and filmmaker Q&A’s.

What better media support could Raindance expect, than from a cool magazine run by passionates who love to DJ at Raindance parties? Answer: Plan B.

Proud supporters of Raindance since 2006.



British Independent Film Awards (Since 1998)

Raindance founded BIFA in 1998 to celebrate and promote British films and filmmakers. Raindance is a qualifying film festival for British films seeking consideration for the annual event, this year on November 28th at The Roundhouse.

Raindance.TV (2007)

A quality Web 2.0 service with over 100 hours of quality shorts, features and documentaries screening on www.raindance.tv and 14 addition platforms including Joost (launching Friday 17 August)

Independent Film Trust (Since 2004)

is a charity whose goals are to raise money to support the Raindance Film Festival, the British Independent Film Aards, and other indendent fim projects deemed worthy by the trustees

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