Webisode Finalists Announced
Press Release 30 September 2011

Raindance Film Festival is pleased to announce the finalists for their Web Series Pilot Competition.

The shortlist, announced today, comprises the following titles: Guilt, After The Bomb, Blue Steel, The Vessel, The DreamWalker and Noel's Goal. The shortlist will be screened as part of Raindance’s Why Webisodes Work filmmaking panel on Saturday 1st October.

Web series are the new craze for independent filmmakers who are increasingly turning to online distribution platforms as a way to retain creative control over their ideas and to find new ways to monetise their work.

The competition's aim was to challenge filmmakers new to the web series genre to make a five minute pilot in just 15 days. Raindance wanted to see engaging characters, interesting stories and a demonstration that their idea could move into a fully fledged online TV series.
The judges – who brought their particular knowledge and expertise to the competition - include Elisar Cabera, a director of High Point Media Group and transmedia producer, Rupert Bryan, the MD of Motion Picture House (MPH), Chris Stoke, director of UK vampire web series Blood and Bone China and pop promo director, New York-based screenwriterand independent web series producer Susan Miller and Raindance founder and festival director Elliot Grove.

The winner, who will be announced tomorrow, will win £1000 of Raindance film courses and access to Post Production Facilities for their web series at Motion Picture House. They will also, along with two runners up, have their work developed with MPH, including a potential pitch session with leading brands.

The winners will be announced the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly, immediately after the Best of Web Series screening. This special collection of episodes, curated by Elisar Cabera, are nine independently produced and financed picks that will showcase what can be achieved creatively within this genre. http://www.raindance.co.uk/site/index.php?aid=6916


To find out more about the growing trend for making web series, do come to tomorrow's panel event 'Why Webisodes Work' taking place at 12pm at the festival venue Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly Circus.
That will be followed by a screening of selected Webisodes at 2:15, after which the winner of the Web Series competition will be announced.  
To book tickets : /www.raindance.org

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.

The full line-up of screenings and events will be announced at the press launch on 6th September, venue tbc.
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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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