Come To Raindance For… LGBT Stories

As a celebration of independent film, Raindance Film Festival aims to showcase the most groundbreaking and memorable stories out there. At our LGBT strand, we celebrate the work of filmmakers from around the world to examine the everyday life, complexity and diversity of the LGBT experience.

Here are four LGBT Stories to look out for at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.

 

The Misandrists

Directed by Bruce LaBruce

Somewhere in Ger(wo)many … Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse) operates a school for wayward girls as a front for a radical lesbian terrorist cell – The Female Liberation Army.  When a young man running from the police happens upon this feminist headquarters, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. His presence eventually disrupts the household, revealing a number of unexpected secrets.

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Apricot Groves

Directed by Pouria Heidary Oureh

Aram, an Iranian Armenian youth who immigrated to the US in childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend he met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

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Boys for Sale

Directed by Itako

In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district there are bars that specialize in “Urisen” – young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid interviews and interspersed with animation detailing the awkward, sweet, and sometimes hilarious situations these sex workers experience, Boys for Sale boldly documents rare stories of life in the Tokyo underground.

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Discreet

Directed by Travis Mathews

Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.

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Raindance Film Festival 2017 Programme

We’re excited to announce finally reveal the Raindance Film Festival 2017 programme.

Celebrating its 25th year, the Festival will take place in London’s West End from September 20th – October 1st, 2017, screening over 200 projects – including features, shorts, web series, virtual reality and music videos.

A champion of indie filmmaking, Raindance Film Festival 2017 will celebrate the world, international, European and UK premieres of the best of indie cinema.

The Jury

This year’s jury members comprise of some of the best names in British talent, including Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight SagaSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, ’71), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, Shallow Grave), Ewen Bremner (Wonder Woman, Trainspotting), Celia Imrie (Calendar Girls, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul), Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat).

Opening Night

The International Premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, will open the festival. The film is a drama-comedy and tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima, a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime and adopts an American alter ego.

Oh Lucy! premiered at Cannes Film Festival in the Critics’ Week sidebar, where it was named a “Cannes Hidden Gem… moving but blackly hilarious debut feature” by The Hollywood Reporter.

The Feature Films

In Competition

Maya Dardel
Directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak (USA)

A famous writer claims on NPR that she intends to end her life and male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. Men drive up the mountain and are challenged intellectually and erotically until one discovers Maya’s end game.
Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Nathan Keyes

Mukoku
Directed by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Japan) -UK Premiere

Kengo Yatabe’s mother dies and his father is in a coma. He, like his father, was good at kendo. Those days are long gone and he now lofts around as a security guard and generally wastes time. Meeting the young Tooru, Kengo is inspired and decides to shape up.
Cast: Atsuko Maeda, Jun Fubuki, Kaoru Kobayashi

Noise
Directed by Koichiro Miki (Japan) European Premiere

Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
Cast: Ayami Nakajo, Jun Shison, Yuta Koseki, Yosuke Sugino

The Constitution
Directed by Rajko Grlc (Croatia) – UK Premiere

The story follows four people who live in the same building, but avoid each other because of the differences in their assets, sexual habits, nationality and religion.
Cast: Nebojsa Glogovac, Dejan Acimovic, Ksenija Marinkovic

Hello Again
Directed by Tom Gustafson (USA) – UK Premiere

Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early ’90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This film adaptation explores 10 fleeting love affairs across 10 periods of time in New York City history, through 10 lust-fueled episodes.

The Traveller
Directed by Hadi Ghandour (France, Lebanon) – UK Premiere

A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations that he cannot handle.

Swaying Mariko
Directed by Koji Segawa (Japan) – International Premiere

Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.

High & Outside: A Baseball Noir
Directed by Evald Johnson (USA) – World Premiere

In the streets of Los Angeles, a minor league baseball player recklessly claws to keep his dreams alive. Geoffrey Lewis, Phil Donlon, David Yow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Richter and Lindsey Haun star in this dark drama that explores the dangerous nature of living in someone else’s shadow.

Black Hollow Cage
Directed by Sadrac González-Perellón (Spain) – UK Premiere

A girl who lives secluded in a house in the woods with only the company of her father and a wolfhound finds among the trees a mysterious cubic device with the ability to change the past.

Djam
Directed by Tony Gatlif (France)

An emotionally charged storytelling style that spread from poor urban communities in Greece and Turkey to the islands of the Aegean.

 

Best Documentary Feature

The Family I Had
Directed by Katie Green and Carlyle Rubin (USA) – UK Premiere

In The Family I Had, a mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act. Now left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in the moving true crime exploration of the nature and limits of familial love.
Cast: Charity, Paris, Ella, Kyla

RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?
Directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams (Canada) – UK Premiere

RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking with fashion designers and water protectors world-wide, RiverBlue reveals stunning and shocking images that will forever change the way we look at the clothes we wear. Cast: Jason Priestley

On Yoga The Architecture of Peace
Directed by Heitor Dhalia (Brazil, USA) – UK Premiere

On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is based on Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name. This project tells the story of the 10 years the author spent photographing Yoga’s great masters. By posing very human questions from our current perspective, and mixing it with elements of movement and experiential sound, the film results in a new view of the art of Yoga.
Michael O’Neill, Edie Stern, Deepak Chopra, Mooji, Elena Brower

Bluefin
Directed by John Hopkins (Canada) – European Premiere

Endangered giant bluefin tuna have returned to Prince Edward Island, Canada in surprising abundance after a disappearance from overfishing. But something strange is going on. With stunning cinematography, filmmaker John Hopkins’s acclaimed documentary explores the mystery of why normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fear humans and turning into pets.
Cast: Dr. Carl Safina, Brian Skerry, Dr. Boris Worm, Capt. Jamie Bruce, Capt.Jeff MacNeill

Speak Up
Directed by Stéphane de Freitas and Ladj Ly (France) – UK Premiere

Every year, at the University of Saint-Denis, a competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate and many prepare with the help of professional advisors. Armed with new-found knowledge, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and the others face off in a bid to become the best orator in the 93.
Cast: Leïla Alaouf, Souleïla Mahiddin, Eddy Moniot, Elhadj Touré

 

The Discovery Award – Best Debut Feature

A Trip to the Moon
Directed by Joaquin Cambre, Argentina, UK Premiere

Tomas is an outcast young teenager trying to pass an exam. His family is constantly pressing him and his mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an intriguing trip to the moon. In this particular journey where reality and fiction mingles, he will disentangle an old family secret.
Cast: Ángelo Mutti Spinetta, Leticia Brédice, Germán Palacios, Ángela Torres, Luis Machín

I Still Hide To Smoke
Directed by Rayhana Obermeyer, France

Fatima, a strong-minded woman, is the lead masseuse of a hammam in Algiers. This is 1995 and the situation is tense in the capital. The day ahead promises to be hectic for all, and for Fatima in particular. Already, while walking to her place of work, she is the distant witness of a terrorist attack. At the hammam, Fatima should feel better, but the atmosphere proves electric in her small enclosed world, she has great difficulty in maintaining order.

Scaffolding
Directed by Matan Yair (Israel, Poland) – UK Premiere

17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker at school. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with Rami, his new literature teacher, and begins to glimpse new possibilities for himself. That is, until an unexpected tragedy occurs, and changes everything.
Cast: Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Jacob Chen

Children of the Night
Directed by Andrea De Sica (Italy) – UK Premiere

Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship is sealed by frequent escapes at night, when the surveillance of the students seems to lapse.

The Story of a Satellite
Directed by Sonia Albert-Sobrinoa and Miriam Albert-Sobrino (Spain) – European Premiere

Almost 20 years after losing his father to a freak satellite-related accident, Rafael, an undertaker, realizes that his whole life has been orbiting in the wrong direction. With the help of his own “Sancho Panza”, Melito, Rafael will begin a transformational journey that he could never have anticipated.

 

Best UK Feature

In Another Life
Directed by Jason Wingard – World Premiere

Our once beautiful homeland has become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many have already left Syria, risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless opportunists who trade in the currency of human misery. Europe was meant to offer us hope.
Cast: Mudar Abbara, Elie Haddad, Yousef Hayyan Jubeh, Toyah Frantzen

Stooge
Directed by Madeleine Farley – World Premiere

Stooge is a feature documentary about Robert Pargiter, Iggy Pop’s No1 fan. It covers the three years leading up to his 50th birthday when he tries to track his hero down in a final absolution. His journey has taken him all over the world in search of redemption after years of struggling with addiction, and of celebrating the communal lust that is Rock’n Roll.
Cast: Rober Pargiter, Pete Thellusson, Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton, Steve Mackay

The Dark Mile
Gary Love – UK Premiere

“Deliverance” meets “Rosemary’s Baby” – The Dark Mile is a psychological thriller built around a strong central relationship of two very different yet sympathetic characters. A tense psychological horror-thriller, The Dark Mile blends The Wicker Man, Deliverance and Duel, to come up with a film rich in atmosphere and tension. London couple Louise and Clare (Rebecca Calder and Deirdre Mullins) book a sailing trip in the Highlands to recover from a personal tragedy. The location may be idyllic but soon they are tormented by a black industrial barge that follows them, and by the dysfunctional folk on board… Hints of the occult and paganism point to dark times ahead as tension mounts.
Cast: Rebecca Calder, Deirdre Mullins, Finlay MacMillan, Paul Brannigan, Sheila Hancock

Edie
Directed by Simon Hunter

Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. Following her husband’s death, she decides to take herself off to the Highlands on a climbing trip that her father had planned for them many years before.
Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Amy Manson, Paul Brannigan

Isolani
Directed by R. Paul Wilson – World Premiere

After witnessing a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer.
Cast: Kate McLaughlin, Catriona Evans, Jim Sweeney, Gianni Capaldi, Atta Yaqub

 

The Shorts

Best International Short Film

Game
Directed by Jeannie Donohoe (USA) – UK Premiere

A new kid in town shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team?
Cast: Rick Fox, Nicole Williams, Tye White, Jamie McShane, Charles Parnell

Goddess
Directed by Karishma Dube (India, USA)

The film explores the reality of being a closeted lesbian in contemporary India. Tara, a feisty teenager begins to risks family and tradition as she pursues her attraction towards her housemaid, Devi. When they are caught together at a dinner party, Tara must suddenly define who she really is.
Cast: Priyanka Bose, Aditi Vasudev, Tanvi Azmi

Lethe
Directed by Dea Kulumbegahsvili (France, Georgia)

A lonely horseman wanders past the river of forgetfulness and through a rural Georgian village, where both children and adults explore life’s more instinctual pleasures.
Cast: Dato Gogoladze, Vika Chocheva, Mikheil Gomiahsvili

Mixtape Marauders
Directed by Peter Edlund (USA) – International Premiere

A nine-song visual mixtape following two young stoners into a world of mindless day jobs, petty drug deals and obsessive mixtape curation.
Cast: Peter McNally, Ian Edlund, Emily Chisholm, Madeline Anderson

Viola, Franca
Directed by Marta Savina (Italy) – UK Premiere

In 1965 Sicily, a 17 year-old girl single-handedly alters the course of Italian history with an unexpected act of defiance that causes a short circuit in her traditionalist community.
Cast: Claudia Gusmano, Carlo Calderone, Ninni Bruschetta, Maurizio Puglisi

 

Best UK Short Film

Work

Directed by Aneil Karia

Jess is an 18 year-old from London balancing her responsibilities as a daughter with her ambitions of a career in dance. When she is confronted with just how cold and unjust life can be during a journey to work, her perspective of the world around her begins to shift.
Cast: Jasmine Breinburg, Taurean Steele, Carl Prekopp

Diagnosis
Directed by Eva Riley – European Premiere

Sally’s secretive evening job as a medical roleplay actress forces her to face up to feelings she thought she had under control.
Cast: Charlotte Spencer

CLA’AM
Directed by Nathaniel Martello-White – European Premiere

A dark, surreal comedy about a local man who becomes convinced that a vast conspiracy is behind the impossibly rapid gentrification in his London area. But is it all in his head, or is the truth even darker than he imagines?
Cast: Joel Fry, Ivanno Jeremiah, Brian Bovell

Wild Horses
Directed by Rory Alexander Stewart

Joan has been housebound with M.E. for most of her adolescence. Now in slow recovery, her urge for independence is causing friction with her mother. When Joan’s tutor encourages her to push herself she throws caution to the wind, leaving home in search of new experiences. And a horse.
Cast: Emma Curtis, Emma Cater, Ainslie Henderson, Stephanie Compton

46.0
Directed by Joseph A. Adesunloye, World Premiere

Friends Adam and Luke are the life of the party. When they decide that Luke should host a party at his house, what was meant to be a night of fun without responsibilities turns out to be a nightmare for Adam.
Cast: Adam Strawford, Guetan Calvin-Elito, Michelle Tiwo, Amy Lynch

 

The Virtual Reality

Best Interactive Narrative VR Experience

Life Of Us
Directed by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin (USA)

Breathe fire, swim underwater, survive the Ice Age, and soar over volcanoes as you evolve through different creatures and a billion years of evolution in this action packed, multi-person VR adventure! Experience new voices, bodies, and special abilities before joining a post-singularity intergalactic dance party set to original music by Pharrell Williams. Created by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, with music by Pharrell Williams. A Within Original, produced by Chris Milk, Megan Ellison through her Annapurna Pictures, and Made with Unity.

Manifest 99
Directed by Adam Volker and Bohdon Sayre (USA) – World Premiere

Created by Flight School Studio, Manifest 99 is an eerie story about finding redemption in the afterlife. Set on a mysterious train, rambling through an unknown void, you assist four travel companions on their journey to their final destination. Using character engagement as a method of movement, Manifest 99 explores scale and navigation unlike any other interactive VR experience.

Ray
Directed by Rafael Pavón (Spain) – World Premiere

Ray is a VR fairy tale created by Future Lighthouse. It combines 360º stereoscopic video, impressive visual effects and arresting soundtrack. Immerse yourself in Lucy’s room the night when Ray, a nosy beam of light, comes to play on her dreams. Ray is also an interactive experience where Ray is alive, and you can play with it using voice recognition and gestures.
Cast: Laia Manzanares

Treehugger: Wawona
Directed by Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel and Ersin Han Ersin (UK)

Treehugger: Wawona, the latest virtual reality installation from Marshmallow Laser Feast, reveals the secret life of the giant sequoia and never-before-seen inner workings of the world’s largest tree. Treehugger uniquely illustrates the sequoia’s immense scale and questions our relationship with the natural world at a time of crisis and change.

 

Best Mobile Interactive VR Experience

Horizons
Directed by Yuli Levtov (UK)

Horizons is a series of interactive VR music journeys where you control the music, and the music controls the world. Make an otherworldly jungle come alive with sound, or travel at breakneck speed through colourful hyperspace. Featuring music from Bonobo, Reuben Cainer and My Panda Shall Fly.

In the Eyes of the Animal
Directed by Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel and Ersin Han Ersin (UK)

In the Eyes of the Animal allows you to explore the forest through the eyes of four woodland species. It is an artistic interpretation of how animals view the world and their living environment.

The Unfinished
Directed by Balthazar Auxietre (France) – International Premiere

In the museum, at night, the statues come alive. Through flashbacks, the viewer is told the love story behind the unfinished statue in the center of the room, and gets to interact with it to finish the unfinished, and free the sculptures within. This majestic ballet in VR unfolds to the score of The Planets by Gustav Holst.
Cast: Raphaelle Boitel, Pauline Journe, Tarek Aitmeddour

Virtual Virtual Reality
Directed by Samantha Gorman and Adam Veal (USA) – UK Premiere

Created by Tender Claws, Virtual Virtual Reality is a meta-satire about VR in VR. Welcome to “Activitude”: Real Labor Like You’re Really There! Cater to the whims of A.I. clients, or put on VR headsets in VR to escape into Activitude’s layers of reality as Chaz, the A.I overlord, attempts to boot you out PERMANENTLY.
Cast: Ted Evans, Jared Ramirez, Skip Pippo, Alice Winslow, Hugh Kennedy

 

Best Cinematic Narrative VR Experience

Alteration
Directed by Jérome Blanquet (France) – UK Premiere

Alexandro volunteers for an experiment carried out to study dreams in this poetic trip into the future. He can’t imagine that he will be subjected to the intrusion of Elsa, a form of Artificial Intelligence who desires to digitize his subconscious in order to feed off of it.
Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Pom Klementieff, Lizzie Brocheré, Amira Casar

Broken Night
Directed by Alon Benari and Tal Zubalsky (USA) – UK Premiere

A woman and her husband return home one evening to discover an intruder. As she recounts the events of that evening to a police detective, the viewer chooses which of her memories to follow. Exploring the nature of memory itself, Broken Night takes the viewer on a psychological journey to uncover the truth of what transpired.
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Nathanson, Josh Green

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall
Directed by Peter Boyd Maclean (UK) – European Premiere

Abandoned by her whaler lover and left pregnant, Betty Corrigall drowned herself to escape her shame in the 1770s. Gather round the smoky peat fire to hear storyteller Tom Muir recall her tragic fate as Virtual Reality meets the centuries old tradition of oral storytelling.
Cast: Betty Corrigall, Tom Muir, Barbara Scollay, Willy Sinclair, James Watson

UTURN
Directed by Nathalie Mathe and Ryan Lynch (USA) – European Premiere

What happens when a young female coder joins a male-dominated floundering startup that’s deep in an identity crisis? UTURN is an immersive live-action VR comedy where viewers get to experience both sides of the gender divide.
Cast: Sophia DiPaola, Steve Goldbloom, Marc Fong Jr., Wynton Odd, Shruti Tewari

 

Best Documentary VR Experience

First Impressions
Directed by Francesca Panetta and Nicole Jackson (UK)

Created by the Guardian VR team using the latest research in neural development and colour vision in infants, this 360º film allows you to experience and interact with the world from the point of view of a baby. It’s a period that none of us remember but is the most crucial stage of our development.
Cast: Chetna Pandya, Natascha McElhone

Iranian Kurdish Female Fighters
Directed by Namak Khoshnaw (Iraq, UK) – World Premiere

17-year-old Aso Saqzi ran away from home in Iran to join the battle against the Islamic State. She is not alone. Hundreds of Iranian Kurds, many of them young women, have volunteered to defeat IS – and to fight for a Kurdish homeland.

Songs of the Vine
Directed by Maira Clancy and Blake Montgomery (USA, Peru) – European Premiere

Songs of the Vine’ focuses on the healing modalities and medicine songs of the Shipibo, an indigenous group well-known for its tradition of plant-spirit shamanism and mastery of the visionary ayahuasca medicine. Through the immersion of VR, the film illustrates an ancient but increasingly relevant dynamic between humans and nature.
Cast: Ynes Sanchez Gonzalez, Jose Lopez Sanchez, Lila Lopez Sanchez, Laura Lopez Sanchez, Damian Pacaya Rodriguez

¡Viva La Evolución!
Directed by Fifer Garbesi (Cuba) – UK Premiere

As American culture streams into Cuba for the first time in 50 years, DJ Joyvan Guevara struggles between the new opportunity for global success and a responsibility to the culture he helped build in the face of commercialization.
Cast: Joyvan Guevara

 

Best Animation VR Experience

Arden’s Wake
Directed by Eugene Chung (USA) – UK Premiere

A young woman lives with her father in a lighthouse perched atop an Endless Sea. When he goes missing, she must descend deep into the post-apocalyptic waters previously forbidden to her, embarking on a thrilling journey of family history and self-discovery. From the creators of the magnificent Allumette, Arden’s Wake continues the elegant evolution of storytelling from Penrose Studios.

Dear Angelica
Directed by Wesley Allsbrook and Saschka Unseld (USA) -UK Premiere

From Emmy Award winning Oculus Story Studio comes Dear Angelica, a journey through the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Entirely painted by hand inside of VR by artist Wesley Allsbrook, Dear Angelica plays out in a series of memories that unfold around you. An immersive, illustrative short story starring Geena Davis and Mae Whitman.
Cast: Geena Davis, Mae Whitman

Rain or Shine
Directed by Felix Massie (UK)

Rain or Shine is Nexus’ interactive 360° mobile VR short film made for Google Spotlight Stories. Directed by Felix Massie, Rain or Shine follows Ella, a charismatic young girl who loves being outside in the sunshine, but whenever she puts her sunglasses on all loveliness disappears – her very own raincloud appears above her head.

Song of the Sea
Directed by Jerrica Cleland and Tomm Moore (Ireland, UK, Denmark) – International Premiere

The Song of the Sea Virtual Reality experience is inspired by our Oscar-nominated hand-drawn animated feature film Song of the Sea by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
Cast: Jon Kenny

 

Best Music VR Experience

Beethoven’s Fifth
Directed by Jessica Brillhart (USA)

A journey into interstellar space with a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, First Movement by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Cast: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Chapita: Mind Enterprises
Directed by Eran Amir (UK)

Chapita is brought to life in this VR experience combining an ambitious 360º storytelling experience with cinemagraphs and clonemotion technology. The result is an immersive narrative in which the dancer leads us into a multi-coloured world of choreographed dance loops, set against a backdrop of stark contrast that lends a sense of infinite space.
Cast: Mimi Jeong

Floating Points: Peroration Six
Directed by Fabien Coupez (USA) – World Premiere

Get blown away by the force of elements inside this stunning VR experience! Set in the middle of the iconic Utah desert, this mesmerizing live performance will take you on an incredible journey that will unleash the natural and supernatural elements.
Cast: Sam Shepherd, David Okumu, Alex Reeve, Leo Taylor, Phillip Granell, Paloma Deike, Anisa Arslanagic, Magda Pietraszewska

Reeps One: Does Not Exist
Directed by John Hendicott and Gawain Liddiard (UK, USA) – UK Premiere

Does Not Exist drops you into the centre of Reeps One’s first virtual reality beatbox performance – exploring the latest technology for VR and head-tracked 3D spatial audio. Working in 360º from the ground up, the track was composed to fully utilise the 360º sonic and visual space, creating a totally new style of music video.
Cast: Reeps One

 

Best Branded VR Experience

Manchester City – Match Day
Directed by Adam May (UK) – World Premiere

Get closer to the matchday action at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in a new 360º fan experience. From the tunnel to the player, changing rooms to the grass being cut, experience a behind the scenes view of Etihad Stadium in full matchday action. A can’t-miss for football and sports fans across the world.

Snatch VR Heist Experience
Directed by Rafael Pavón and Nicolás Alcalá (Spain, USA) – UK Premiere

Inspired by a real-life heist in London, Crackle’s new series, Snatch, centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.
Cast: Rupert Grint, Phoebe Dynevor, Luke Pasqualino, Lucien Laviscount

The Chainsmokers Paris VR
Directed by Brynley Gibson and Russell Harding (UK) – European Premiere

Go on an epic journey with Grammy-winning DJ Duo and The Chainsmokers as you travel through dreamlike environments. Influence new remixes of the hit song Paris based on the choices you make. Choose a new path each time you enter the experience, let the music engulf you as you lean into it, or simply lean back and enjoy the daydream.
Cast: Drew Taggart, Alex Pall

Welcome To Laphroaig
Directed by Darren Emerson (UK) – World Premiere

Created by VR City, this 360º film takes you on an epic journey into the heart of the historic Laphroaig whiskey distillery on the beautiful island of Islay. 

 

Best Sensual VR Experience

Come! (Viens!)
Directed by Michel Reilhac (France)

Three women and four men, all naked, appear out of nowhere in the white, sunny space of a bright room outside of time. They meet, touch, share their energy, and are transformed spiritually, letting themselves become one with the world.
Cast: Amador Jojo, Ayoti, Christophe De La Pointe, De La Fouquette, Flozif, Yumie Volupté, Fox

In My Shoes: Intimacy
Directed by Jane Gauntlett and Andrew Somerville (UK)

In My Shoes: Intimacy is a 360º experience which explores the power of human connection. Put aside your inhibitions, let these strangers guide you through their impromptu, unconventional and intense moments of intimacy. Intimacy is a first-person documentary designed for two people to experience three encounters from six very different perspectives.
Cast: Sarah Cowan, George Collie, Daniel James, Ellie Stamp, Neil Connolly, Stella Taylor

Second Date
Directed by Jennifer Lyon Bell, Netherlands (USA) – World Premiere

Set on an Amsterdam houseboat, Second Date is a lighthearted, unscripted Virtual Reality portrait of two young people fumbling towards ecstasy. Trying to find common ground, their conversation veers from clumsy to joyous and back again – until they finally start connecting for real.
Cast: Anne De Winter, Bishop Black

Through You
Directed by Saschka Unseld and Lily Baldwin (USA)

Using dance to inhabit a common mortal story of love born, lived, lost, burned and seemingly gone forever, Through You is a live-action VR richly infused with an atmosphere of raw passion.
Cast: Joanna Kotze, Amari Cheatom, Marni Thomas Wood

 

Best Social Impact VR Experience

42 Days
Directed by Animal Equality (USA, Spain)

Imagine you’ve just been born, but you have no mother to keep you warm. You are afraid. Just one chick among billions. And your life will only last until you’re big enough to slaughter. This is the stark reality for billions of young chickens around the world.
Cast: Amanda Abbington

Aftershock: Nepal’s Untold Water Story
Directed by Catherine Feltham (UK)

Two earthquakes. One lifeline. One man’s remarkable journey. This VR film follows Krishna, the only plumber in his district, as he works tirelessly to help repair his community’s vital water system which was damaged during the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
Cast: Krishna Sunuwar

Munduruku: The Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon
Directed by James Manisty and Grace Boyle (UK, Brazil)

Combining cutting-edge Virtual Reality filmmaking and multisensory storytelling, Munduruku opens a window into the lives, stories and struggle of the Munduruku Indigenous People in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

You Are There. On the road to ending Polio
Directed by Peter Collis and Vanessa Moussa (UK, USA, France, Switzerland)

You Are There takes us to a Kenyan village to meet a nine-year-old boy, Job, infected with polio and Sabina, a dedicated vaccinator, on her travels to do whatever it takes to spare other children his fate.
Cast: Ewan McGregor

 

Best Sound Design VR Experience

Life Of Us
Directed by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin (USA)

Breathe fire, swim underwater, survive the Ice Age, and soar over volcanoes as you evolve through different creatures and a billion years of evolution in this action packed, multi-person VR adventure! Experience new voices, bodies, and special abilities before joining a post-singularity intergalactic dance party set to original music by Pharrell Williams. Created by Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, with music by Pharrell Williams. A Within Original, produced by Chris Milk, Megan Ellison through her Annapurna Pictures, and Made with Unity.

Reeps One: Does Not Exist
Directed by John Hendicott and Gawain Liddiard (UK, USA) – UK Premiere

Does Not Exist drops you into the centre of Reeps One’s first virtual reality beatbox performance – exploring the latest technology for VR and head-tracked 3D spatial audio. Working in 360º from the ground up, the track was composed to fully utilise the 360º sonic and visual space, creating a totally new style of music video.
Cast: Reeps One

The Resistance of Honey
Directed by Peter Boyd Maclean (UK) – UK Premiere

Step inside the world of Bioni Samp, an urban beekeeper who makes honey–and music–from his bees. A fascinating, mind-expanding glimpse into the extraordinary world inside the beehive.
Cast: Bioni Samp

The Tragic Story of Betty Corrigall
Directed by Peter Boyd Maclean (UK) – European Premiere

Abandoned by her whaler lover and left pregnant, Betty Corrigall drowned herself to escape her shame in the 1770s. Gather round the smoky peat fire to hear storyteller Tom Muir recall her tragic fate as Virtual Reality meets the centuries old tradition of oral storytelling.
Cast: Betty Corrigall, Tom Muir, Barbara Scollay, Willy Sinclair, James Watson

 

The Web Series

Best International Web Series

The Adventures of A Broken Heart
Directed by Ariel Martínez Herrera (Argentina)

If the heart could talk, this would be its first television show. With the special appearances of Rabid Penis, Drunk Liver and Operated Kidney

High Life
Directed by Glen Dolman and Luke Eve (Australia)

Genevieve, a very sensible, creative and overachieving 17-year-old student in a respectable, middle class family, seems to be having the perfect ride, until her sanity spectacularly unravels in her manic episode of Bipolar Disorder.
Cast: Lily Hatwell, Ezekiel Simat, Di Adams

The Break Up List
Directed by Aaron Khoo (Singapore)

When Luke Wong gets dumped by his girlfriend of 6 years, his whole world crumbles around him. Joe, his best buddy, is also abandoned by his girlfriend on the same day, leading the two set off on a journey to rebuild their lives and survive singlehood.
Cast: Benjamin Kheng, Elliot Lucas Marcell Tan

Jezebel
Directed by Julien Bittner, France

A mute musician in search of new inspiration after getting famous on the internet
Cast: Hélène Kuhn, Martin Nissen

Save Me
Directed by Fab Filippo and Dylan Pearce (Canada)

Save Me drops us into random lives, mid-sentence. We get to know people through storylines that unravel with humour and pathos and a built-in ticking time bomb – that one of them at some point will be blindsided by a medical emergency
Cast: Fab Filippo, Amy Matysio, Suresh John

Clash of the Narratives
Directed by Robin Forestier-Walker

Exploring what its like to be on two opposing sides of a narrative.
Cast: Irma Inashvili, Tamara Chergoleishvili

 

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Elliot Grove’s Raindance 25th Anniversary 25 FAQ’s

Any anniversary is a really big deal. To start a film festival and an awards show also a really big thing. We caught up with Elliot Grove on the eve of the 25th Raindance Film Festival to find out how it all came about.

  1. What was your motivation behind starting Raindance?

Elliot Grove: I was at a personal low point in my career, and decided to try a thought experiment: Can you make a movie with no money, no experience and no film training. I didn’t know anyone in the industry. I didn’t have any filmmaking experience. And I was flat broke.

  1. But why did you start Raindance?

Elliot Grove:I started Raindance in 1992 when the British film industry was in the doldrums,. This was a time when it was hard to raise funds to make a film after the government tightened tax rules on the back of the Film Act in 1985. Our first events were training events with the great and good film school gurus from Hollywood: Dov Simens, Syd Field, John Truby, Christopher Vogler and the like. My first intern was a very young and eager Edgar Wright.

Suddenly British filmmakers started making films, guerrilla style, like their American colleagues. The trouble was there was nowhere to show them unless they showed at the London or Edinburgh Film Festivals. And if you submitted your British film to either of these great film festivals, it was such an rarity to have one of these new British films the festival programmers didn’t know how or where to programme them – so they programmed them amongst the Japanese, French and American films in the ‘New World Cinema’ strands.

I decided to start the Raindance Film Festival to celebrate these new British films, but then discovered something quite surprising about British film-goers – they were snobs. They didn’t see any government or big brand logos on the early Raindance Film Festival posters and they assumed Raindance was just another money grab by a visiting tourist. I’m Canadian by birth!

Who did come those first few years, were the Japanese, the French and American films and filmmakers. In 1993 we had the first ever public screening of a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio – he was just 14 when he made What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. It took another five years before British filmmakers realised that having a major international film festival in the heart of London celebrating independent cinema was a good thing.

  1. Where did the name come from?

Elliot Grove: In my first few years I shared an office with a graphic designer and had a single line with call waiting. The telephone rang that first year and it was Robert Redford himself asking why I had stolen his name Sundance. I spent a few minutes trying to convince him to allow me to lead him to the plethora of talented filmmakers in Britain and Europe. I explained I had named it Raindance because of the dance you need to do to make a film and because it rains in London. The line went dead, and when Sundance finally appeared in London in 2012 I was left off the guest list!

  1. What was the industry reaction at the day?

Elliot Grove: I was viewed as the upstart know-nothing, the disruptor causing no small degrees of pain to the establishment. Like any start-up I managed to survive long enough and slowly the industry first acknowledged and then accepted the contribution of Raindance. Slowly Raindance has become established – establishment if you like. And now faces new challengers and disruptors.

  1. Why hasn’t Raindance secured public finance?

Elliot Grove: I’ve spent nearly a year of the past quarter century filling out failed application form after application form. For the record, 36 in all. And each takes a good 2-3 weeks to complete. That’s a year!

The reasons why there has been no public funding vary as widely as the 36 failed applications I’ve made. Perhaps, I think, Raindance is too contemporary for the purse-holders controlling public funds.

  1. Are you bitter about that?

Elliot Grove: I’ve been bitter, I do confess. But about five years ago I decided to let the public funding idea go. Never have I been happier either. To feed at the tit of government funding implies that one’s idea is not commercially successful. Not to mention the compliance and reporting one must do! I have more time now for positive action.

Besides we rely on our fans: Oue festival attendees. And our Benfactors and Patrons.

  1. What is your opinion of your London festival rivals?

Elliot Grove: London has over a hundred film festivals, and two other major festivals in this town, the London Film Festival and FrightFest. Both do tremendous work bringing movies to the general public.

Raindance is a very different festival to any other. The films we screen, though entertaining, are the films that most other festivals would shy away from – they’re pioneering, at times taboo, and always culturally groundbreaking.

  1. What has changed over the 25 years?

Elliot Grove: You used to need about a million pounds to make a movie. You shot on film. It almost always ended in a cinema followed by a home video release. And investors often got their money back.

Now the digital revolution has changed not only the film production process, but more importantly the distribution cycle. It’s never been easier to make a film. Nor more difficult to distribute it.

  1. What do you see as the technological advances that advance independent filmmaking?

Elliot Grove: Digital, digital and more digital. Production has been revolutionised, and democratised. So too has distribution. Never has it been esier and cheaper to make a film. And never before has it been easier to get your film out there.

The trick is, as it was a quarter century ago: What can you do to make your film go viral?

  1. Do you have to be a filmmaker to attend Raindance?

Elliot Grove: You can be a filmmaker, regardless of whether you have a film premiering at the festival or not. The films we screen are extreme in their genres and intended to inspire budding filmmakers to pick up a camera.

You can be a film fan, a cultural enthusiast, a film student – you can be anyone! Raindance is not exclusive, we premiere feature films, documentaries, shorts, VR and webseries tackling genres as broad and diverse as LGBT, the refugee crisis and mental health issues.

  1. What do you look for in entries?

Elliot Grove: We had an astonishing number of submissions from 133 countries in 2017 – a sum total of some four million minutes. This is almost as many as the highly regarded SWSX festival in Austin, though not as many as Sundance. We are only showing 65,000 minutes. We look for extreme films, and by that I mean: extreme topics, extreme filmmaking techniques and because it’s Raindance – extremely entertaining.

  1. Have you got a favourite film or films from the festival over the years?

Elliot Grove: It’s really hard for me to single out a single film. There have been so many debut films by filmmakers of acclaim,. People like Christopher Nolan’s first film, The Following, for instance. The Raindance team and I champion new and undiscovered talent. I think of each of the films we’ve screened like my children and it would be wrong to single one of them out.

  1. What are your own personal highlights from the festival so far? Any judges or attendees you were really excited to meet?

Elliot Grove: Being at the stage in life when I remember too clearly the punk rockers of old, meeting Mick Jones of The Clash is definitely up there in terms of personal highlights. He was on the jury the year we showed the Irish film ONCE (now a West End musical). A particular thrill was meeting him in Soho a couple weeks later when he said ‘You know that song ‘Falling Slowly?’ I just can’t get it out of my head!’ That song went on to win the Oscar for best song. It was also a real pleasure and honour to interview Julian Assange back in 2013.

  1. What is the hardest part of running a festival?

Elliot Grove: OMG – which part to you want to know about? There are five equally difficult strands to running a fest. The call for submissions and with it, the importance of maintaining the festival’s brand. Then there is the viewing and programming. Equally challenging and demanding is the scheduling and dealing with the filmmakers and their guests. Next is running the actual event – and making sure that the festival goers’ experience is fantastic, and finally there is the marketing and promotion of the festival.

Elliot Grove: Each of these areas demand very different skills. Fortunately Raindance has a fantastic team that manage these different but equally important areas.

  1. Working so hard, what gives you the most pleasure?

Elliot Grove: There is nothing that beats the closing credits of a film in front of an audience that has never heard of the filmmaker or the film and hearing applause. It makes me well up. All the effort has been worthwhile. And then seeing the filmmaker congratulated by the audience members. It’s why our tagline has always been: ‘Discover. Be Discovered’.

  1. Have you ever felt like giving up?

Elliot Grove: In 1998 I went to Sony for sponsorship. A mate told me they sponsored live events. Wrong! I was told they would only sponsor an event that was ten years old. So I went back after five more long and lean years in 2003. Wrong! I was told they no longer sponsored festivals.

Bitter as that was, I had to remember the wise adage:

Winners never quit.
Quitters never win.

You have to remember that no one in the industry thought Raindance would last a minute. We were, as Ken Loach called us back then, “very scrappy.”

I guess my approach was channelling the American comic, Dennis Leary: Take each day one beer at a time. Take each beer one sip at a time”

  1. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

Elliot Grove: I probably wouldn’t do it! I had no idea the amount of energy it would take. But give me what I know now, and let me role the dice and go way back to 1993, I think I would have spent more time getting my marketing right, and preserving the archives. There are entire years missing from the Raindance archives.

  1. Why does Raindance give awards?

Elliot Grove: We never used to give awards until a filmmaker submitted a film and claimed to have won an award two years earlier. I called her up and asked why she had claimed to win an award when in fact we never gave any. She replied that I had sent her an invoice for the festival submissions and she considered that an award.

I then realised that she was marketing the festival by claiming she had won an award. And it was also helping her career.

Thus was born the Raindance Awards, and with it our Jury.

  1. You have always had great campaign images and festival trailers

Elliot Grove: I have been unbelievably lucky in my time at Raindance. I get to do what I love every single day. I also get to meet some of the most talented filmmakers, screewriters and visual artists you could ever want to see. I’ve been overwhelmed by their generosity, and outstanding creativity. And the results, I think you will agree, are some of the most powerful campaign images, as well as some of the very best festival traillers in the entire world. You can see all the trailers here.

This year we commissioned Dave McKean to create the campaign image. It’s the 7th time Dave has made an image for us.

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  1. What are you most looking forward to in this year’s festival?

Elliot Grove: Meet me at the Vue Leicester Square, the home of the Raindance Film Festival, and I will be the fatigued-and-harried one in the corner having a series of palpitations hoping that the audiences will love the same films as I and the Raindance Team have chosen.

We sleep when it’s over.

  1. How did you get a postgraduate film degree?

Elliot Grove: I have always had a dream that education should be project and work based. Fortunately Staffordshire University agreed and we were able to launch probably the most flexible and useful postgrad film degree in the world. I am really proud of it. We’ve also launched the Fast Track as well, for filmmakers and screenwriters who need a serious kick in the butt to get their projects made.

  1. What advice would you give to a filmmaker starting out?

Elliot Grove: First, you need a story. Then you need to think about your personal branding. And then you need to make movies. Filmmakers make films, whatever the budget. If you aren’t making films, you aren’t learning. And you aren’t a filmmaker.

  1. What are you looking forward to?

Elliot Grove: I want to make more movies. We have more in the pipeline. Raindance has always been about making movies. And as these movie ideas come to fruition I will be fascinated to see what impact VR has on the moving images.

  1. Where would you like to see Raindance in five years?

Elliot Grove: I don’t see Raindance as getting larger, I see it as this chic boutique where you go to get something truly memorable. Fortunately I am surrounded by a terrific team who get this, and whoa are far better than I am to execute.

  1. Any predictions from Elliot Grove?

Elliot Grove: Following in the footsteps of past Raindance alumni, Christopher Nolan, Edgar Wright, David Yates and Guy Ritchie, I think the next big film talent is more likely to come from someone reading this article than from the hallowed halls of traditional, and conventional, academia. The film industry is changing dramatically right now, but we are yet to have the prophetic vision of someone like the person who invented sound or colour. When that person comes along they will grab all the headlines. And that person could be you.

And please tell your friends about the film festival!

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Guy Ritchie to Receive Raindance Auteur Award

We’re thrilled to announce that the iconic and critically acclaimed British filmmaker, Guy Ritchie will receive this year’s Raindance Auteur Award.

Having started his career in the British film industry as a runner, Ritchie, who took courses at Raindance in the early 90s, worked his way up the ladder to a director of commercials and videos, before writing and directing his feature film debut, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, for a mere £800,000. The film then went on to break British box office records, garnered international cult status, and inspired a new wave of rough, gritty British crime comedies.

With his unforgettable character driven stories, quick-cuts, circulate plots and atmospheric visuals, Ritchie’s style translates across all his films – from gritty crime capers Snatch, Revolver and RocknRolla, through to Hollywood heavyweights including the Sherlock Holmes blockbusters, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He will bring his dynamic style to Disney’s live-action, Aladdin, which he will direct and begin shooting later this year.

Ritchie has become a defining voice in recent British film history, and remains a true auteur in today’s film climate.

The award will be presented by Raindance Festival Founder, Elliot Grove, at the Raindance 25th Anniversary Reception on Tuesday 15 August.

 

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25th Raindance Poster and Trailer Announcement

The Raindance Film Festival is quickly approaching and to celebrate, it has launched the Official Trailer & Poster for its 25th edition, which will take place in London’s West End from September 20th – October 1st, 2017.

Directed by Rick Darge, the inspiration behind this year’s trailer has been attributed to the filmmaking process and the deconstruction of cinema – taking a comedic look at the dichotomy between fiction and reality. Darge won the Film of the Festival Award at last year’s Festival for his feature debut, Zen Dog

Internationally renowned illustrator and filmmaker, Dave McKean (MirrorMask, Luna) illustrated this year’s eclectic poster. McKean is no stranger to Raindance, having previously illustrated six Festival posters between 1997-2002. He also wrote and directed the trailer for the 8th edition of the Festival. The poster was designed by creative design agency What is Bobo, who this year have designed all the materials for the Festival.

Press can apply for accreditation through the Festival website: https://www.raindance.org/festival/press-accreditations/
Festival passes can be purchased through the Festival website: https://www.raindance.org/courses/raindance-film-festival-pass/

For more information on the poster and trailer click here.

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Free Stuff from Raindance

99 Minute Film School with Elliot Grove

Considered to be one of the must succinct and inspiring summations of the film industry, and loaded with valuable tips on how to get your film and career noticed.

What? 99 Minute Film School
When? Tuesday 22 August 6:30pm – 8:15pm
Where? Raindance Film Centre, 10A Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE
How Much? FREE to members [Join Online Here]
Call Raindance 0207 930 3412 to register of Book Online Here

Directing Essentials with Chris Thomas

This is it! Your chance to learn the basics of film directing in one short 100 minute session.

What? Directing Essentials
When? Thursday 24 August 6:30pm – 8:15pm
Where? Raindance Film Centre, 10A Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE
How Much?  FREE to members [Join Online Here]
Call Raindance 0207 930 3412 to register of Book Online Here

Boozin’ N Schmoozin’

Your chance to meet indie filmmakers and film lovers in London, find a team to work on your next project, volunteer your services for some set time, or just chat about movies with someone who can tell the difference between Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club.

What? Boozin’ N Schmoozin’
When? Every second Monday of the month (next date 14 August), 6:30pm – 8:15pm
Where? Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LQ
How Much?  FREE to members [Join Online Here]
Call Raindance 0207 930 3412 to register of Book Online Here

 

More free stuff

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Raindance VRX Awards & Masterclass Series

Virtual Reality

After keeping it tightly under wraps for a while now, we are so very excited to announce the launch of Raindance VRX Awards and a dedicated virtual reality strand within the annual Raindance Film Festival, running alongside the main Official Selection.

The new awards will celebrate pioneering VR experiences by independent creators from around the world. The winners in 10 categories will be announced at the 25th Raindance Film Festival.

Here’s what those 10 categories are:

  1. Best Interactive Narrative Experience
  2. Best Mobile Interactive Experience
  3. Best Cinematic Narrative Experience
  4. Best Documentary Experience
  5. Best Music Experience
  6. Best Animation Experience
  7. Best Branded Experience
  8. Best Sensual Experience
  9. Best Social Impact Experience
  10. Best Sound Design Experience

In addition, Raindance will continue to nurture and embrace education opportunities for creators and new talent by offering a number of VR courses taught by leading practitioners in the field.

“We are thrilled to be launching Raindance VRX awards and new courses for virtual reality. We believe VR is a powerful new medium and the most exciting change in filmmaking since the onslaught of internet distribution which started with Youtube in 2005.” Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival.

The Raindance VR strand will take place throughout the 25th Raindance Film Festival from 20th September – 1st October 2017 in London. It will feature a VR arcade and a jam-packed schedule of events with industry experts covering new advances in virtual reality narratives and technologies.

Mária Rakušanová, the brand new Director of VR and New Media at Raindance adds: “Raindance aims to champion and award pioneering VR experiences, and nurture a new generation of talent. As the possibilities of VR technologies continue to grow, more and more exciting opportunities for creators will arise. We are dedicated to finding new virtual reality experiences and helping fresh voices to be discovered.”

Submissions for VR experiences are open. For further information on how to submit visit: www.raindancefestival.org/virtual-reality

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