24 September 2009






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Dear Filmmaker,

Film Festival Fever Grips Raindance

We are really astounded and thrilled with the stellar lineup this year.

All the films, the gigs, the parties:
Raindance 17th Film Festival 2009 Starts September 30th

Some Key Music Events

October 1st 6:30pm The Clash's Mick Jones and Topper Headon Work Together For First Time In 27 Years. You don't want to miss this one.

October 2nd 7pm Billy Childish Live At Raindance: Details/Tix
One of the most dynamic and prolific writer/artist/misician around rolls into Raindance Film Café with his unique blend of retro.

Sunday 4 Oct 16:00
A Day In The Life Of My Underpants + Hugh Metcalfe & Penny Rimbaud
Hugh Metcalfe (I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here), Penny Rimbaud (Strictly Come Dancing) and Tony Barber (X Factor) extemporise live over the super-8mm projection of Hugh's new film. Also screening are new music videos by A-Soma (Draps Bruts) and Earth Culture (Follow the Truth) as well as Mick Duffields's recently refound 8mm footage of performance pieces by Exit, dating from the early '70s and featuring Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher.

Some Key Events

Monday October 5th 18:30 - Live!Ammunition!
The legendary pitching panel returns - put a fiver in the hat and convince the illustious panel to buy your script.

Tuesday October 6th 8:00: Britain's greatest living film director - The Alexander Mackendrick Lecture presented by Terence Davies

And more...

Plus all the shorts, features and docs.

Want to see loads and loads?
Get a Festival Pass

Total flattery:
London's Robert Redford?
Appetite For Self-Destruction:
The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Even with the 20-20 vision of hindsight, the failure of the major record labels to grasp the implications of the internet seems extraordinary. As Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper explains in this pacey account of corporate greed and myopia, they certainly had enough warning.

Read the rest. See if there are parallels with movies.
Script Secrets - The Big Idea
Start with a story idea or a character, and let Hollywood's most prolific and produced screenwriter, William C Martell take you step-by-step, finding the perfect supporting characters, amazing dramatic scenes, dialogue that works on more than one level, actions that show emotional conflict, and more.

Learn how to create the template for a tightly focused character and theme based screenplay.

This is not a machine or a formula, but a unique way to look at writing your screenplay.
What? Script Secrets - The Big Idea
When? Saturday/Sunday 10/11 October 10:00 - 5:00pm
Where? 10 Craven St Rehearsal Rooms, nr Charing Cross, London
How Much £250.00 + VAT
Raindance Premium Members get a 15% discount. Join Here

Call 0207 287 3833 or Book Online Here
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Go Figure...
Fact: Big cities use Film Festivals to promote tourism
Fact: Cities that really need tourists have the best film festivals: Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, Austin, Palm Springs, Telluride
Fact: Cities that don't need tourism have the worst film festivals.
Agree? Disagree?
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Check this out

Wondering what films to catch this year?
The festival provides films for all tastes.
Check out the promo area on Raindance.tv for an exclusive glimpse into the films premiering during the festival, something will surely spark your interest.

Love films but a bit broke? Enter for a chance to win a FREE pass!  Answer this question...

What major celebrity made an appearance at last years festival for the screening of her David Howard film?

Email us the answer by noon on Monday September 28. A winner will be picked at random and contacted via email before 6pm on Monday September 28.
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X Marks The Spot
Billy Bragg's punk and political role model brings his initiative Jail Guitar Doors to Proud Camden on Thursday 1st October. Setting the bar very high for the rest of the month, there will be a screening of Breaking Rocks, a documentary about the initiative, which aids the rehabilitation of prison inmates. Billy Bragg and a host of other fantastic acts including Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly, Mick Jones (The Clash), Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), will all be gracing the stage, as well as performances from Night of Reason, Rotten Hill Gang and some of the Jail Guitar Doors graduates. An event not to be missed! Info and Tix
Beginning Filmmaker
Premium Members
Elliot's new book has now been published!
Beginning Filmmaker - 100 Easy Steps From Script To Screen
£14.99/ Premium members Price £12.50 inc p&p
Order Online Here

Save £25.00 on the Raindance Screening Pass
Regular price is £150.00
Premium Members price: £125.00

Call Raindance 0207 287 3833 to book
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We made some hilarious Radio Spots for the Film Festival
Read the dozens of recent articles
about Raindance Festival.

How did we do that? It's thanks to Organic Marketing
Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking

Learn the trips of the trade used by debut filmmakers like Guy Ritchie, Mathew Vaughn and Christopher Nolan - all of whom took this information packed weekend course.

Day 1 - Discover dozens of low and no budget shooting tips and learn how to maximise your budget and put value for money on the screen

Day 2 - Learn how to become a master of publicity and marketing and follow a step-by-step method to financing, marketing and selling your film and learn how to turn your film, and your career into this year's cult classic.
What? Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking with Elliot Grove
When? Saturday/Sunday 17/18 October 9:30 - 6pm
Where? 10 Craven Street Studios, nr Charing Cross, London
How Much? £250.00 + VAT
Raindance Premium Members get a 15% discount. Join Here

To register, call 0207 287 3833 or Book Online Here
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"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed - and shown at the Raindance Film Festival"
Stanley Kubrick... OK, I added the last bit.

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching , of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." Aaron Siskind
Many people forget everything after a festival party at Raindance; but be careful, someone's probably filming.

"A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it"
Alfred Hitchcock    Raindance, because we're worth it.

"There just isn't the material in the big-budget films. They're just trying to stamp it out to reach the broadest audience and make the most money. Passion is gone."
Nick Nolte  Find the passion again at Raindance.

"A film is just like a muffin. You make it. You put it on the table. One person might say, "Oh, I don't like it." One might say it's the best muffin ever made. One might say it's an awful muffin. It's hard for me to say. It's for me to make the muffin."
Denzel Washington  Come and give our muffins a try, you might like some.
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Stuff We Really Like

Complain no more about the shrinking amount of coverage in newspapers owned by moguls and magnates.

30 of Britain's top journalists have pooled together to form simply the best in arts journalism there is.

You will want to immediately bookmark theartsdesk.com
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Top Tweets
The Tourists Map of London

A new web comedy: The People I've Slept With.Com

Elliot Grove
Blow Elliot's ego
"Last night I was drinking cappuccino with Britain's answer to Robert Redford in a Soho coffee bar. Elliot Grove and I go back a long way: we first met in 1993 when Grove launched Raindance, London's version of Sundance, the premier American independent film festival founded by Redford."

Total flattery: Read on...

London's Robert Redford?
Coffee Break
Something to do in that sneaky 5 mins when you are on 'coffee break'


"A simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16step sequencer. As attractive visually as it is aurally, this could potentially steal hours of your life."

See if you can scan lab.andre-michelle.com before the boss gets back.
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Working The Net
Working the Net
Got something? Need something?
Email us at info@raindance.co.uk


Replicant Valley

Marco Bolognesi and Bomar Edition will be embarking on a series of new film projects, encompassing genres such as sci-fi, horror, western and animation. There will be 6 short films made culminating in a feature film at the end. We will in this process be working with Renderyard film social forum in order to take part in an online artist residency. We plan to finally distribute the film internationally.

The studio is in search of people to collaborate with in order to create a visual narrative and sound for the short films, and possibly a feature film in the new year.

We are looking for writers,animators, special effect, digital colourist, editors, model maker, sound engineers, after effect artist and a producer to work in order to prepare 6 15 minute short films, and potentially for the feature film to be made early next year.

Please send examples of your work and a CV to Aylin Kunter at info@bomaredition.co.uk or call 0207 998 1655 for more information.
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Thumbs Up
Film festivals is where filmmakers go to get their films 'discovered' ie: sold.

One of the most important festivals in the world wrapped last weekend in Toronto.

With nearly a third of the films on offer in Toronto coming from the European continent, the Festival is a very important launching pad for both established and emerging talents to make an impression in North America. That is why the support of the European Film Promotion organization, a conglomeration of the governmental promotion offices from across the continent, is so vital to bring recognition and visibility in a very crowded festival field.

This is the sort of information discussed by Raindance founder Elliot Grove in his intensive weekend masterclass - Lo-To-No Budget Filmmaking.
Read the rest and download the list of sales agents

In Memory of Mary Travers


The Raindance Team
Suzanne Ballantyne
James Burbidge
Frederica Byron
Julian Chapelle
Gabriela Dworecki
Elliot Grove
Zuri Goikoetxea
Meredith Hicks
Grace Leong
Jagruti Majithia
Rory O'Donnell
Theresa Norton
Joe Pearshouse
Chris Presswell
Xavier Rashid
Amelie Thille
Chris Thomas
Thinking of a film course?
We are not a film school.
We are a film company that has a training programme.
We won't teach filmmaking
We make filmmakers

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