Raindance's Top 10 Movies 2010

By Raindance

Looking back 2010 has been another great year for film, both indie and mainstream. Ok, sure, as usual you have to pan through a lot of dross to get to the gold, but once again, it's proved worth killing your fellow minors to keep your stake secret. (OK, may have taken the goldmining analogy farther than it could go there.

Anyhow - here is the list of our office's top 10 films of 2010. They're in no particular order, and follow no strict criteria. They're not all indie, but they are all good, or at least (for those under debate), important. Let us know what you think.


Tiny budget, huge impact. Indie filmmaking at the top of it’s game.

A Serbian Film

Bold, controversial and uncompromising.

The Social Network

Nowhere near indie, but it’s nice to see intelligent cinema doing well


The King’s Speech

BIFA winning best of British. Simple but effective.


He started in our basement you know. Look at him now. A flawed film, but inspiringly original, especially given the budget.


The other facebook film, and perhaps the better one.


Bringing contained thriller to its natural conclusion

Reindeer Spotting

Brutal documentary about drug addicts in Finland

Into Eternity

Elegiac documentary about the future of our nuclear waste.

Flooding With Love for the Kid

Rambo, shot by one man in his apartment. The power of story over budget.

Bonus Trollhunter

This only just makes the 2010 criteria, but it’s definitely one to keep an eye on for next year. Check out the trailer

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A little bit of History
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.

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