W Hotel Partnership Unveiled

Raindance Film Festival Brings the Best UK & International Independent Film to W London – Leicester Square

London, 24 September 2012:

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Raindance Film Festival is this year partnering with Leicester Square’s hot design hotel W London – Leicester Square.  This is the first time that Raindance has partnered with a luxury London hotel and with its buzzing vibe and Leicester Square location, W London makes the perfect venue for Raindance’s exclusive festival events.

Raindance Film Festival is Europe's leading independent film festival. Often perceived as the "enfant terrible" of the filmmaking world, it is described by Variety as one of the world's top 50 unmissable film festivals.  "We make filmmakers" says Elliot Grove, the Founder of Raindance.  "Over the last 20 years we have nurtured, supported and promoted independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.  Celebrating its 20th year, the festival has now reached maturity and where better to be noticed than the glitzy and fashionable W London".
Situated in the heart of London, W London sits on the doorstep of Leicester Square, an international destination for glittering red-carpet film premieres. From the day of its opening in February 2011, the hotel has played host to some of the most exciting happenings in film, celebrating the city’s status as the cinematic hub of Europe.

The 2012 Raindance Film Festival kicks off on 26th September and runs until the 7th October.  This year’s Raindance Press Week was held in W London’s 39-seater, HD, state-of-the-art private Screening Room where invited guests were truly able to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the fantastic films in this year’s festival line-up.

During the Festival, W London will also be hosting a number of industry screenings, as well as providing a glamorous location for Raindance’s exclusive cocktail events: the Jury Cocktail Reception for the festival’s distinguished awards panel, the Partners’ Cocktail reception and the famous Closing Cocktail party where guests can celebrate yet another successful Raindance and look forward to what the 21st ‘coming-of-age’ Raindance Film Festival will bring in 2013.


About Raindance Film Festival
The 20th Raindance Film Festival lineup includes 105 features and over 138 shorts and 64 UK Premieres, 13 International Premieres, 5 European Premieres, 19 World Premieres and 24 Directorial Debuts from 38 countries with another exceptional year of internationally acclaimed films, special live events, exclusive Q&As and master classes. The festival will take place from 26th September to 7th October at its home of Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus SW1Y 4LR.

About W Hotels Worldwide
W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 42 hotels and retreats, including 14 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts, signature spas and inspiring residences. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels have been announced for Guangzhou, Milan, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, Muscat, Mumbai, and Santa Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier and Mexico’s Riviera Maya. 

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