This Autumn I have been given the privilege via hotminute and the TRASH BASH to attend the 21st annual Raindance Film Festival. Showcasing over 150 dramas, documentaries, comedies, thrillers and the rest the festival is also hosting a Webfest showing some of the most popular and new web series and films to hit the net.

A quick History: 

Founded by filmmakers for filmmakers the festival has since gone on to host seminars attended by then unknown directors such as Guy Ritchie, Matthew Vaughn and Christopher Nolan. Since 1993 the festival has annually introduced some of the hottest new filmmakers and films on the scene. Premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Ghost World and Love Exposure.

In 1998 Raindance launched the British Independent Film Awards – a yearly industry event attended by the upper ranks of the UK moviemaking establishment. The BIFAs are now regarded as one of the penultimate awards in the world film calendar. Honours have included Ben Kingsley, Harvey Weinstein, Richard Curtis, and helped launch countless films including 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.

I will be doing my best to review and share the films i have had the chance to see (hint: a lot) and championing the festival to anyone who will listen because that is the festival’s mission statement and it’s the kind I can get down with.


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