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Raindance Film Festival 2021

Get ready for the UK’s boldest film festival championing independent film and filmmakers with an all-new virtual programme for the 28th Raindance Film Festival.

Event Info

Date & Time

October 28 - November 07

Tickets & Prices

Access to the virtual programme of films and experiences is available free of charge. But, audiences are asked to consider donating so Raindance can continue to champion independent filmmakers.

Explore the virtual programme

Looking for the largest independent film festival in the UK?

Shining the spotlight on independent film and filmmakers, get ready for Raindance Film Festival, running from 28 October - 7 November 2020.

Offering an entirely new way of looking at and appreciating the very best of independent cinema from around the world, it’s the must-have film festival experience of the year.

This year the festival will be offering a virtual programme of films and immersive experiences available free of charge. But, audiences are asked to consider donating through the Raindance website so they can continue to champion independent filmmakers.

So, what are you waiting for? Explore a programme of virtual premieres, live Q&As with international filmmakers and industry panels through the Raindance Player, powered by Shift72.

Whatever you decide, get ready to discover the world's best independent movies with the 28th annual film festival.

Explore the programme online.

Opening Gala: STARDUST at The May Fair Hotel

The Raindance Film Festival will officially start on 28th October 2020 with the UK Premiere of STARDUST, directed by Gabriel Range.

STARDUST stars Johnny Flynn (Emma, Beast) as a young David Bowie embarking on his first trip to America, revealing the inspirations and life events that gave birth to his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, charting the transformation of one of the world’s greatest cultural icons.

Screening at The May Fair Hotel via invitation only, BAFTA-nominated director Gabriel Range will attend this red carpet event in London, and take part in a post-screening Q&A.

The gala will have reduced audience capacity to adhere to social-distancing guidelines, and specially designed Raindance masks will be provided.

Fret not, if you’re looking to discover the film, join the online screening of STARDUST, including a live online Q&A with Johnny Flynn. Available from 6th November 2020.

Learn more about the online screening here.

Looking to learn more about Raindance?

Founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove and dedicated to fostering and promoting indie film around the world, Raindance encompasses Raindance Film Festival, film training courses and Raindance higher Education.

Their trailblazing training courses are at the heart of the Raindance structure, aiming to give individuals the tools to start shooting their film. From screenwriting, production, directing, and virtual reality, there’s something for everyone to takeaway.

Plus, ​Raindance has developed three fully accredited Higher Education Film Programmes, becoming the only major film festival in the world to offer higher education.

Raindance showcases the boldest and freshest content from British and international filmmakers. Ticket sales go directly towards supporting the programme of events and courses, so show your support for independent film today.

Learn more about the training programme here.

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