$250,000 To Direct Your Film

designed to support independent cinema

NYC's Persona Films has teamed up with industry-leading companies and organisations: Deluxe, Company 3, Red Cinema, Indiewire, Twitch Post, Tamberelli Digital, Brooklyn Fireproof Studios, Wheelhouse Creative and London's Raindance Film Festival.

Filmmakers can apply with their scripts on Persona Non Grata’s site to compete for an opportunity to direct their film.

The first round of the script-to-screen competition will result in the production of a feature film with a budget of at least $250,000.

“Persona Non Grata’s main goal is to allow the production of such films that otherwise might not have seen the light of day because they would be considered by most producers as too risky and too dangerous. We would like to see edgy scripts with a unique vision. And when we say unique, we really mean it. We are looking for genre-breaking stuff. Persona Non Grata is a playground where anything is possible and everything is allowed,” says Douglas Graham, Head of Production at Persona Films.

Applications are accepted until April 30th 2012. Filmmakers in the U.S. and the UK may apply with their resumes, loglines, synopses and feature-length scripts. The winner will be announced on May 31st 2012.

The production of the film based on the winning entry is planned for the Fall of 2012. Complete rules and regulations are available on Persona Non Grata’s site.

About Persona Films
Persona Films is a film and commercial production house based in New York and London. The
company’s most recent feature film release is “Cargo” by Yan Vizinberg. For more information
about the company, go to personafilms.com.

About Raindance Film Festival
Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.and Raindance.tv

A little bit of History
Raindance Film Festival Since 1993 the Raindance Film Festival has annually uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Some Raindance-premiered hits are Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

In 1998 Raindance launched the British Independent Film Awards – a yearly industry event attended by the upper ranks of the UK moviemaking establishment. The BIFAs are now regarded as one of the penultimate awards in the world film calendar. Honours have included Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, and helped launch countless films including 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

Until 2001 Raindance Film Festival was sometimes referred to as the ‘London’ or ‘pre-MIFED’ Screenings (MIFED collapsed post 9/11), essentially filling the film market position for the UK and which saw approximately 63% of films picked up by UK distributors. A similar London UK Film Focus (LUFF) was set up in 2004 by Film London, followed by the Production Finance Market in 2007.

Similarly “Raindance Kids: London’s Children Film Festival” which had been set up by Raindance and ran successfully for a number of years post 9/11 when sponsorship collapsed, hitting all arts organizations. The model was reproduced two years later by the London Barbican who now run the “London Children’s Film Festival”.

Raindance consulted on the creation of the Berlin Talent Campus and created Raindance East (now the independently run East End Film Festival).

The rest of the year at Raindance is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspects of film. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest catering for over 3000 students per year.

Raindance set up the Independent Film Trust in 2006, a charity to help support the film festival, the BIFA awards as well as film training for disadvantaged kids. In 2007 Raindance.TV was launched, an online IPTV channel which has supported the online distribution of hundreds of features and shorts, with views topping 1 million in its first 6 months.

2010 saw the launch of a limited theatrical distribution of Raindance hits through Apollo Cinemas.

Our filmmaking publications are published internationally, translated into French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Portugese and Italian and are an essential on most university reading lists.

Casting Your Film

Learn about the casting process and the best ways to get the right actors for your production.

Tutors: Rory O'Donnell Venue: Raindance Film Centre
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Date: April 9 Duration: Single Eveninng
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