The London Team

In The Thick Of It Since 1992


We have a collection of talented people crammed into our humble basement offices in Soho.

Elliot GroveElliot Grove founded Raindance in 1992 and has worked intensively with writers at Raindance since then. He explains the tricks of the trade from practical experience and reveals some of the latest paradigms through lecture, exercises and video clips. He also founded the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007.

Elliot Grove has produced over 150 short films, and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for a total of £278.38. He teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe. Japan and America.

He has written three books which have become industry standards: Raindance Writers' Lab 2nd Edition (Focal Press 2008), Raindance Producers' Lab (Focal Press 2004) and 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen (Barrons 2009). Open University awarded Elliot an Honourary Doctorate for services to film education in 2009.

Suzanne Ballantyne has been working at Raindance since 1995, and is the Senior Programmer of the festival, noted for her sharp eye for new talent. She also works as a script consultant.

Jamie Greco worked at Raindance from 1994-99 and since then has worked as a freelance consultant and as senior shorts programmer for the festival.

Dominic Thackray worked a succession of low-rent jobs, the last of which as a receptionist in a zero-star hotel on the left bank in Paris in 1995, where he occasionally rented out rooms by the hour. Soon after quitting he embarked upon a degree in graphic design. Since 1999 he has worked for Raindance as graphic designer and programmer. In 2005, with a little help from his Raindance friends he wrote and directed the multi-award-nominated Girlfriend in a Kimono,

Chris Thomas has been working at Raindance since 1999. He teaches directing classes for Raindance. Since early 2008 he has relocated to Wales whre he is writing a series of horror films.

Heenesh Patel is the in-house Pulic Relations Manager and has helped to bring together many elements for the festival as well as dealing with the company's external communications on a on a day-to-day basis.



Rory O'DonnellRory O'Donnell After gaining a Masters degree in Ancient and Medieval History and excavating the most northerly leper colony found in the British Isles Rory took the natural next step of training as an actor. Following a career which including being directed by Stephen Daldry in the West End and shooting aliens on the HMS Belfast he then began making short films and travelling the world until all his money ran out.

Rory first volunteered at the Raindance Film festival in 2000, was print traffic coordinator for the festival in 2008 & 2009. In 2009 he became course director. He also works occasionally as a casting director, with four features and many shorts to his credit.

James Burbidge turns his hands to many tasks for Raindance, including editing the weekly newsletter, copy-editing promotional material, co-ordinating volunteers for the festival and script reading. In his spare time he tries to write.

christian bell

Christian Bell is an experienced editor who learned editing from the ground up.  From making many shorts and features in his teenage years and awkwardly editing them with two beat up VCRs, he advanced along with editing technology as editing packages became more accessible and affordable but never lost the discipline that primitive editing methods taught him. 

Christian has worked for a number of post houses around London and has now teamed up with Raindance to offer a range of post-production solutions.  For further details see here.

Frederica Byron Frederica Byron

Frederica works at Raindance, assisting with courses and working on anything to do with membership. She loves Sci-fi TV shows (especially  Blake's 7 and 70's Dr Who) and has an eclectic taste in films (recent favourites include The Usual Suspects, Dhoom 2  and In the Loop)

In addition, we have many scores of wonderful interns and volunteers working with us. If you would like to intern or volunteer at Raindance, send an email to us

Presently we have no positions other than intern.

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