50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018

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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.

Raindance Film Festival main venue at Vue West End (Leicester Square, London). Photograph by Amy Cook, courtesy of Raindance Film Festival


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.

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  1. Indie Film Share

    March 7, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Agree, remember to have your gold professionally graded and you should ensure that you organise the correct level of insurance to cover your investment.

  2. Max Weinstein

    November 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Fixed, thanks for your feedback.

  3. Jon Deo

    April 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Really? No gay film festivals. Try again.

    • Filmmaker

      April 18, 2018 at 9:35 am

      “Iris Prize Film Festival’s namesake is indeed its calling card—IPFF continues to dole out the largest LGBT short film prize (£30,000) on the planet”

    • Caleb, Asst Editor

      June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Keep an eye out for our upcoming “25 Coolest Film Fests” in our Summer issue (newsstands 7/24). Lots of LGBT Fest representation!

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