Raindance Film Festival
London, UK / September 19-30, 2018 / raindance.org
From the slippery streets of Leicester Square in the heart of London’s buzzing West End, Raindance Film Festival pulls the strings of what Festival Producer David Martinez calls its international “ecosystem,” comprised of 10 headquarters in major cities across Europe, Asia, and North America. Last year, Raindance threw $100,000 worth of awards in post-production services, (sponsored by Canadian company Urban Post) and the festival’s nascent production company, Raindance Raw Talent, waited in the wings to produce films from submitted screenplays. Raindance’s active members organize monthly meet-ups and alumni—whose future work is submittable at no charge—can access free mentorship sessions from founder Elliot Grove.
Illustrations by Gel Jamlang.
Fifty is not enough! As always, we had to leave out dozens of wonderful festivals this year. Feel free to give us an earful in the comments. Curious about past years’ lists? Read our 2017 list here, our 2016 list here, and our 2015 list here.
This article appears in MovieMaker’s Spring 2018 issue.