Raindance's Top 25
Filmmaking Articles of 2010

By Raindance

Every week we publish at least 2 new articles, sometimes as many as 8. Everyone in the office gets to work on an article in response to a question from one of our members, or a topic of interest.

The articles we write and publish (and there are over 300 a year) are intended to be informative, educational, inspirational and motiviational. Sort of what Raindance stands for.

Here are our top articles of 2010, ranked by page reads by you, our loyal and wonderful supporters of independent film. You have voted with your mouse!


The Raindance Film Festival Team

25. British Villainry in Hollywood Movies

24. Independents Day Filmmakers Toolit 2010

23. After a Director Says Cut

22. 3 Painful Lessons of Independent Film

21. 10 Ways Filmmakers Manage Their Onine reputation

20. Short Film Distributor List

19. Pixar Suite Of Scripts And Movies

18. The demise of the UK Film Council - Don't Panic

17. 5 Reasons Directors Need Editors

16. 14 Websites British Filmmakers Use Every Day

15. Cannes Survival Guide

14. Film Finance Basic Primer

13. 10 All Time Great Documentary Films

12. The 6 Stages Of Film Editing

11. 5 Essential Filmmaking Skills (Not Taught In Film School)

10. 10 Zero Budget Filmmaing Tips

9. 5 Things You Should Know About DSLR

8. Are You Making These 4 Deadly Film Mistakes?

7 Get On The Brand Wagon

6 Top 5 Do's To Getting It Done

5 3 Painful Lessons Of Independent Film

4 The Secret History Of The Raindance Fatwa

3 Julian Assange's 7 Lessons For Filmmakers

2. 10 Things A Filmmaker Needs Every Day

1. Zero Budget Software Guide

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About Raindance Film Festival
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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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