Jury Announced
Press Release 20 September 2011

Raindance announces Jury for Festival Awards

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Raindance is delighted to announce the jury for this year’s Festival Awards.  The panel, which includes actors, directors, presenters, journalists and members of the film and photograph industry, will judge the films nominated in each of the eight categories, with the winners to be announced on Saturday 8th October, 8pm at the Festival venue, the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.   The eight categories are: Best International Feature, Best UK Feature, Best Debut Feature, Best Documentary, Best Microbudget Feature, Best UK Short, Best International Short and the Film of the Festival.
 
“Our jury represents the spectrum of the film industry – from actors to directors and critics to programmers – they bring an in-depth knowledge of film to the judging panel and will have the difficult job of choosing winners from the outstanding titles nominated this year,” Elliot Grove, Festival Director (CHECK Quote).
 
The jury list is as follows:         
 
Sally Bibawy
Sally Bibawy joined analogue photography company, Lomography, in 1995 and took over the art direction and product development in 2000.  She is a board member, together with Matthias Fiegl and Wolfgang Stranzinger, since 2004 and is based in Vienna.

Dexter Fletcher
Best known for his role in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Dexter Fletcher has grown up on screen, beginning with his role as Baby Face in Bugsy Malone and on the British TV series Press Gang.  His many credits include The Elephant Man, Layer Cake and Kick Ass.  Dexter also appeared in the 2009 Raindance Film Festival Trailer.
 
Gillies MacKinnon
Scottish Director Gillies MacKinnon has assembled one of the most impressive bodies of work in recent British cinema with directing credits including Small Faces, Trojan Eddie starring Richard Harris and Stephen Rea, A Simple Twist of Fate with Steve Martin, Regeneration starring Jonathan Pryce, James Wilb and Jonny Lee Miller, Hideous Kinky with Kate Winslet, and the Golden Globe-winning television Film, Last of the Blond Bombshells starring Judi Dench.  His other work includes The Escapist, Pure, historical drama Gunpowder Treason and Plot with Robert Carlyle, Tara Road , and The Snow Goose starring Billy Connolly.

Céline Masset
Céline Masset is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Brussels Short Film Festival, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year.  Her company, Un Soir Un Grain, also distributes and produces short films.
 
Helen McCrory
Helen McCrory is a multi award-winning actress on stage, television and the silver screen.  She played Cherie Blair in The Queen and The Special Relationship and played Narcissa Malfoy in the last three Harry Potter movies.  She will appear in Martin Scorsese’s soon-to-be-released film, Hugo and We’ll take Manhattan for the BBC.
 
Wendy Mitchell
Wendy Mitchell is head of news at Screen International and ScreenDaily.com.  Before moving to London, she worked on staff in New York for Entertainment Weekly, indieWIRE, Rolling Stone and CMJ, as well as freelancing for the New York Daily News, Playboy, Variety, Billboard, Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of New York City’s Best Dive Bars (published in 2003).
 
Alex Zane
Alex began his career hosting the film review show Screenplay and fronting MTV’s flagship show, TRL.  A talented radio broadcaster, Alex began working at Xfm in 2002, and hosted the station's Breakfast Show for two years.  His TV credits include Popworld, Balls of Steel, 8 out of 10 Cats and he hosted this year’s Red Carpet Live for the Golden Globes and the Oscars.  Alex currently hosts Channel 4's Rude Tube, Alex Zane's Guest List and is the lead film reviewer for The Sun.

The Raindance Awards 2011

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

Just Between UsJust Between Us / Rajko Grlic - Croatia

UK Premiere
Saturday 08 October 18:15 Book Online Now
Set in contemporary Zagreb, Just Between Us is a beautifully told tale of infidelity charting the convoluted love lives of two middle-aged brothers, their wives and their mistresses.

No Return No Return / Miguel Cohan – Spain / Argentina

UK Premiere
Sunday 09 October 16:30 Book Online now
An innocent man is wrongly accused of a deadly hit and run accident. A story of guilt and responsibility in a spiral with no return.

After Fall, Winter After Fall, Winter/ Eric Schaeffer - USA

Europe Premiere
Saturday 01 October 20:45 Book Online Now
Winter is a secretive, dangerous, sexy love story about a French dominatrix who falls in love with a New York writer in Paris. The incredible sequel to Schaeffer’s Fall, this film of a destructive love affair in Paris is a tragic romance that will linger with you long after it ends.

 

Youth 2 Come As You AreYouth H2 "Come As You Are" / Kota Yoshida - Japan

International Premiere
Saturday 01 October 16:30 Book Online Now
Haruo Yasuoka is an actor, but works in a rental DVD shop to earn a living. When the beautiful “Momose” starts working there, Haruo is confronted by his attraction to her, although his strict eductation inables him to do anything about it. When Haruo asks his roommate “Non” to help him with his problem, her passion for him brings her to accept the proposition.

War Games

War Games / Cosimo Alemà - Italy

UK Premiere
Friday 07 October 18:15 Book Online now
A game of paintball turns deadly when three unhinged and deranged ex-soldiers play a twisted mind game of catch and release with their unsuspecting victims. This quickly leads to a bloody man hunt where everyone is a target, and no one is safe.

BEST UK

Acts of GodfreyActs Of Godfrey / Johnny Daukes - UK

World Premiere
Friday 30th September 21:15 Book Online Now
When God (AKA Godfrey) decides to improve the flagging prospects of Vic, he pairs him up with the uprincipled and sexually predatory Mary. But even with Godfrey's divine powers, the path of true love is best with the twists and turns of fate.

A Thousand Kisses DeepA Thousand Kisses Deep / Dana Lustig - UK

World Premiere
Thursday 29 September 18:45 / Friday 30 September 12 Noon Book Online Now
Caught in a timeless world of passions and betrayals, Mia searches for the truth behind a mysterious woman's death.

FlutterFlutter / Giles Borg - UK

Europe Premiere
Wednesday O5 Octover 18:15
Book Online Now
John is a professional gambler but when he meets a beautiful and mysterious new bookie his life starts to spiral out of control. A modern morality tale.

HollowHollow/ Michael Axelgaard - UK

Europe Premiere
Saturday 01 October 18:45 Book Online Now
On holiday in the english countryside, two young couples uncover an ancient evil. Without each other, they will not survive.

SeamonstersSeamonsters / Julian Kerridge - UK

World Premiere
Saturday 08 October 21:00 Book Online Now
Teenagers in a seaside town, sharing their last summer together before tragedy splits them forever. Seamonsters is a warm, truthful and funny story of two best mates, Sam and Kieran, entranced by the same  girl. Lori is a wild child, mercurial and beautiful and the boys find themselves caught up in her whirlwind of self-destruction.

Stranger ThingsStranger Things / Eleanor Burke - UK

UK Premiere
Friday 07 October 18:45
Book Online Now
An unusual and touching bond develops when grieving Oona reaches out to a mysterious homeless man, offering him a place to stay in her shed.

 

BEST DEBUT

Tilt Tilt / Viktor Chouchkov Jr. - Bulgaria

UK Premiere
Thursday 29 September 15:20 Book Online now
This Bulgarian coming-of-age drama is about four friends who dream of opening up their own bar. Things get complicated when one of them falls in love, the group are busted for illegal distribution of pornography and exiled from their home country.

SynchronisitySynchronicity / Joe Tanaka - Japan

International Premiere
Saturday 08 October 18:45 Book Online Now
A story about a boy and a girl loafing around in Tokyo who come to be subjected to severe trials.

 

Exteriors Exteriors / Marie Kristiansen - Norway

International Premiere
Saturday 08 October 16:15 & Sunday 09 October 10:15 Book Online Now
The film follows two girls, PEARL and SKYE, both struggling foreign actresses in LA during pilot season. They're both up for the same part.


Restive Restive
/ Jeremiah Jones - USA

International Premiere
Tuesday 04 October 20:45 Wednesday 05 October 14:15 Book Online Now
A woman and her child are pursued through the woods by two red-neck brothers, in this atmospheric, abstract thriller that touches on religious themes of redemption and revenge.

BEST MICROBUDGET FEATURE

Monk3ysMONK3YS / Drew Cullingham - UK

World Premiere
Wednesday 04 October 21:00 Book Online Now
Voluntarily locked in a cell for 48 hours with no restrictions and no outside help three emotional archetypes battle for psychological supremacy before they can be destroyed by their own weaknesses.

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar / Adam Lee Hamilton & John Montegrande - UK

World Premiere
Thurdsay 05 October 14:00 Book Online Now
The world is Rome, the story is now, the brutality is soul destroyingly real and opinions are as divided as the loyalties.

Uspomene 667

Uspomene 677 / Mirko Pincelli – Bosnia Herzegovina / UK

UK Premiere
Friday 30 September 20:30 & Saturday 01 October 14:15 Book Online Now
In a Bosnia fighting for EU membership yet threatened by possible return to war, the new generations, often in contrast with their parents, are desperate to find a way to live together for a different, peaceful tomorrow. Will they succeed?

Meso CafeMeso Cafe / Ja’far ‘Abd al-Hamid - UK

World Premiere
Saturday 02 October 21:15 Book Online Now
In February 2003, an underground blogger arrives in London to campaign against UN Sanctions on Iraq. Falling in love is not part of the plan.

Black PondBlack Pond / Tom Kingsley - UK

World Premiere
Sunday 02 October 21:15
Book Online Now
An ordinary family are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table. Stars BAFTA winner Chris Langham and award-winning comic Simon Amstell.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

White ButtonWhite Button / Igor Stoimenov - Serbia

UK Premiere
Thursday 05 October 16:30 Book Online Now  
This documentary film delves into the effects Western popular culture had on a very particular communist country - this being the former Yugoslavia. 
 

The Echoes Of Astro Boy's FootstepsThe Echo Of Astro Boy's Footsteps / Masanori Tominaga - Japan

European Premiere
Wednesday 04 October 18:45 Book Online Now
The man who created the sounds of the future, legendary sound designer Matuo Ohno in 1963, animated TV show "Astro Boy" hit the airwaves - and it all began from here.

Where My Heart BeatsWhere My Heart Beats / Khazar Fatemi - Sweden

World Premiere
Saturday 08 October 16:00, Sunday 09 October 10:00 Book Online Now
A poetic journey of self discovery and a powerful dedication to the humanity of the innocent people of Afghanistan, who have suffered so much for so long.

 

How To Start A RevolutionHow to Start A Revolution / Ruaridh Arrow - UK

European Premiere
Sunday 02 October 19:00 Book Online Now
HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution.

Heaven + EarthHeaven + Earth + Joe Davis / Peter Sasowsky - USA

UK Premiere
Saturday 01 October 17:30 & Sunday 02 October 10:00 Book Online Now
A fascinating and genuinely profound film, offering insight into one man’s truly unique mind. Joe Davis is a scientist, an artist a poet and a philosopher. This documentary depicts his world in great detail and depth.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

The Lady Paranorma The Lady Paranorma / Vincent Marcone - Canada

Sunday 09 October 14:00  Book Online Now
Estranged from the rest of the townsfolk, an eccentric lady is haunted by ghostly whispers, and follows their eerie call to an unusually happily ever after.

Martyr FridayMartyr Friday / Abu Bakr Shawky - Egypt

Sunday 09 October 14:00  Book Online Now
Filmed in Cairo during Egypt's revolution in 2011, this short documentary captures the dramatic events from the heart of Tahrir Square during the last days of Mubarak's presidency.

WordsWords /  Sven Vinge - Denmark

Sunday 09 October 14:00 Book Online Now  
A stranger, apparently a great fan of the author, asks for a signed copy of Strøm's recent novel ... the one with the girl.


ZoltonZoltan- The Hungarian Gangster of Love
/ Justin Reardon - USA

Sunday 09 October 14:00  Book Online Now
A Felliniesque adventure centering on the Don Juan of a remote Hungarian Village during his daily quest to satisfy his lust for women.

Hemingway's Pen Hemingway's Pen / Renzo Carbonera - Italy

Sunday 09 October 14:00 Book Online Now
Life can make you dependent on things and fragile - something Claudia found out when she went back to Lignano following the death of her father - whom she hadn't seen for years - and got caught up in the mystery of a pen that had once belonged to Hemingway.
                                       

BEST UK SHORT

This Side of the AfterlifeThis Side of the Afterlife  / Adam Horton - England

Sunday 09 October 17:30  Book Online Now
A failing actor who can communicate with the dead starts a second career by setting up a ghost walk business whereby the ghosts pick-pocket the guests...with things not quite going as planned.

God ViewGod View /  Billy Lumby - UK

Sunday 09 October 17:30 Book Online Now
From an unusual perspective, we follow Philip around his neighbourhood in Hackney, East London. He is mentally unwell and misses his wife and daughter very much.

The Girl Is Mime The Girl Is Mime / Tim Bunn - UK

Sunday 09 October 17:30  Book Online Now
Clive Buckle is being questioned about the murder of his wife. Interrogation brings back a slew of memories, some good, some bad...some sexy.


Love At First Sight

Love At First Sight / Michael Davies - UK

Sunday 09 October 17:30  Book Online Now
Do you believe in love at first sight? When Arthur spots Ruth he knows in his heart that it's true...
.

 

Rough SkinRough Skin / Cathy Brady - UK

Sunday 09 October 17:30 Book Online Now
After nine months in prison, Kelly struggles to adjust to life in the family home with her mother. The foundations of their relationship are shaken when Kelly’s closely guarded secret is uncovered.

 

About Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Film Festival will run from 28 Sept – 9 Oct at the Apollo Cinema in London’s Piccadilly Circus, with the Opening Night premiere of Another Earth at Cineworld Haymarket on 28 Sept.
 
Tickets and passes to the festival will be on sale from September 6th on www.raindance.co.uk
 
Now in its 19th year, Raindance Film Festival is Europe’s leading Independent Film Festival showcasing feature films, shorts and docs from around the world and specialising in independent films and directorial debuts. The festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative, edgy films.  Since 1993 Raindance Film Festival has uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene.  Raindance-premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

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