Our Sponsors

Our sponsors share a passion for cinema and the arts and without their very generous contributions, and without the help and support of the hard working people behind them, Raindance would not be able to survive.

Principal Sponsor


Cineworld Cinemas (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 Trocadero 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.

Major Sponsors



Brand new to Raindance this year, we are proud to introduce Dailymotion, the world's largest independent video entertainment site and your one-stop shop for the best creative content on the web. With its strong filmmaker community and diverse range of channels covering news, comedy, music, film, sports and the arts, Dailymotion is the fastest growing destination for people to find or upload videos about their interests and hobbies, eyewitness accounts, travelogues and everything else from the strange to the spectacular.

New to this year is The Short Circuit Award, a short film competition created by Dailymotion and Raindance.tv to search for budding new talent. Filmmakers upload their 60 second short films to the Dailymotion website, where they will be judged by a panel of esteemed industry professionals, led by director Michael Winterbottom [24 Hour Party People, The Road to Guantanamo]. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 8th October at a gala screening of the 10 shortlisted finalists, held at the Rex Cinema in London. Visit www.dailymotion.com for more details.

Delta Air Lines (since 2006)

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. And through the “Delta Filmmaker Flyover” scheme, Delta Air Lines will once again be enabling three US filmmakers to fly to London to attend their films’ screenings at the Raindance Film Festival.

Tiscali (since 2004)

Back for their fifth year as a supporter of the festival, Tiscali are once again supporting the innovative online scheme, Raindance Online, which enjoyed so much success last year. Tiscali will be hosting virtual screenings of selected features and short films from the festival on Tiscali.co.uk. These screenings will take place simultaneous sly with the off-line festival allowing film fans that are unable to travel to Central London the chance to enjoy the Raindance experience as it happens.


New to Raindance this year we are very happy to introduce Tuaca as the sponsors of our Opening and Closing Night Gala celebrations taking place on the 1st and 12th of October. Tuaca is a delicious Italian brandy-based liqueur, infused with hints of citrus and vanilla. Enjoyed as a chilled shot or in a variety of cocktails, it’s fast becoming a favourite amongst drinkers and bartenders throughout the UK. If you’ve never tasted Tuaca, come along to our gala celebrations and try it! Or if you can’t wait, it’s available online at www.thedrinkshop.com and www.drinkon.com at a RRP of £17.99. www.tuaca.com Start Chilled. Enjoy Responsibly.

Main Sponsors


Ascent Media (since 2005)

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.

HMV (since 2006)

Raindance has always been associated with cutting edge music films and this year HMV has agreed to sponsor the London premiere of Arctic Monkeys At the Apollo taking place at the Rex Cinema on 7th October 2008 and the fantastic Beatles / Cirque du Soleil documentary All Together Now screening at the Rex Cinema on  9th October 2008.

The Rex Cinema + Bar (since 2007)

The Rex Cinema + Bar is once again hosting this year’s Festival Lounge with special events, great films and live music. Stylish, decadent, yet relaxed, the Rex is the perfect networking centre for Raindance.

SAE (since 2006)

The international digital training college with British campuses in Glasgow, Liverpool London and brand new facilities in Oxford, returns to Raindance for the 3rd year running. Together with SAE, Raindance created the SAE Best Digital Short Film Award to honour a short film made using only digital means. SAE will also be hosting their annual Raindance special event masterclass in filmmaking and digital technology.

Supporting Partners


Bitch Rabbit (since 1998)

Raindance has enjoyed the premium design services of Bitch Rabbit since 1998. Bitch Rabbit have helped to give Raindance a truly unique style.

Gibson and Epiphone Guitars (since 2006)

Gibson and Epiphone are back to support the strong musical element that makes Raindance unique to other film festivals. There will be guitar giveaways at select screenings.

Grange Hotels

Raindance are proud to bring back Grange Hotels as the official hotel sponsor of the festival. Grange Hotels is the UK's leading independent hotel group. If you are looking for a central London hotel at a good rate Grange Hotels is the place. Grange are offering Raindance visitors generous discounts on their hotel rooms this year which you can book HERE but you'll need a username and password to access the special festival rate.  Email James@raindance.co.uk for the secret username and password.

The Hospital (debut year)

Based on the site of an 18th Century hospital in Covent Garden, The Hospital has evolved into London’s pre-eminent centre for the Creative and Media communities.

Set over 7 floors, The Hospital is home to a Private Members Club with several bars and lounges, a Gallery, TV & Music recording studios. Normally open to members, The Hospital will allow access to Festival Passholders for the duration of the festival (1-12th October).

Independent Film Trust (since 2004)

A charity whose goals are to raise money to support the Raindance Film Festival, the British Independent Film Awards, and other independent film projects in the UK deemed worthy by the trustees.

Kodak (since 2006)

Kodak sponsors a special cinematography masterclass. Last year’s event featured cinematographer Phil Meheux (Casino Royale, Scum).

New Day Pictures (debut year)

New to Raindance this year, New Day Pictures offer a full range of facilities from kit hire to the edit including a full avid media compaose, HD/SD and a wide range of video cameras.

Raindance.tv (since 2007)

A quality Web 2.0 service with over 100 hours of quality shorts, features and documentaries screening on www.raindance.tv and 14 additional platforms including Dailymotion, Vuze, and Babelgum.

Cultural Partners


Instituto Cervantes (since 2005)

Instituto Cervantes makes it possible to meet the import/export costs of Spanish speaking films screened at Raindance. Cervantes also helps Raindance to source the newest and most cutting edge films from Spain and Spanish speaking countries.

Italian Cultural Institute (since 2002)

The ICI makes it possible to meet the import/export costs of Italian films screened at Raindance. The ICI also assists Raindance is sourcing the best new Italian films.

Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation supports Raindance’s Way Out East Japanese film programme which helps us to cover the costs of shipping the films to and from Japan.

Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (since 2001)

Supports our critically acclaimed Way Out East programme, making it possible to import/export heavy film prints and pay screening fees.

Media Partners

Don’t Panic (debut year)

Raindance is delighted to announce it’s new media partnership with Don’t Panic, a unique free publication found in carefully selected independent shops, bars, universities and art spaces. Also distributed outside alternative music events and launch parties, it contains all sorts of arts and culture goodies and information for cities all around the world with the emphasis on design and the future of our planet.

Electric Sheep Magazine (debut year)

Electric Sheep is the film magazine for lovers of offbeat, left-field and cult cinema, published by Wallflower Press. It is proud to be associated to the Raindance Film Festival through various cross-promotion activities and joint events.

The Hollywood Reporter (debut year)

Raindance is proud to introduce The Hollywood Reporter as a new and exciting Media Partner for the 16th Raindance Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter is one of the world’s largest entertainment trade publications and is dedicated to spreading the latest and most up to date information in the world of cinema.

Rotten Tomatoes (since 2007)

Who said indie film had a small audience? Rotten Tomatoes boasts over 10 million visitors each month, and are covering Raindance on their international website as well as hosting an event at the festival with Corey Feldman (yes that’s right!).

Shooting People (since 1999)

Shooting People and Raindance go back ages, and this year, Shooting People is once again getting behind the premiere indie festival in the UK.