23rd Annual

Raindance Film Festival

September 23, 2015 to October 04, 2015

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10 Craven Street
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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature
Raindance Film Festival accepts all genres narrative features (over 45 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2014. All narrative features need to be UK Premieres to screen at the Raindance Film Festival.
Documentary Feature
Raindance Film Festival accepts documentary features (over 45 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2013. All documentaries need to be UK Premieres to screen at the Raindance Film Festival.
Narrative Short (under 45 mins)
Raindance Film Festival accepts narrative shorts (under 45 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2013. There is no premiere policy for short films at Raindance, shorts which have been screened in other UK/London Festivals or online are accepted.
Documentary Short (under 45 mins)
Raindance Film Festival accepts documentary shorts (under 45 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2013. There is no premiere policy for short films at Raindance. Shorts which have been screened in other UK/London Festivals or online are accepted.
Music Videos (under 6 mins)
Raindance Film Festival accepts music videos (under 6 minutes) which have been produced after 1 January 2013. There is no premiere policy for music videos at Raindance. Music videos which have been screened in other UK/London Festivals or online are accepted.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Raindance Film Festival aims to show the very best in new independent cinema from around the world and specialises in first-time directors and discovery. The Festival accepts films of all lengths and genres and is committed to showing the boldest and most innovative work, and films that challenge the boundaries of filmmaking. The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place in central London between September 23rd and October 4th 2015.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Raindance Film Festival is the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK. Now in its 23rd year, it is based in the heart of London's buzzing West End film district.

Raindance showcases features and shorts by filmmakers from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops and parties to allow everyone the chance to share our passion for independent cinema.

Raindance satisfies the public's thirst for original filmmaking through its diverse international programming. The focus of our programming changes each year to reflect current trends in world cinema. The new underground, Japanese cinema, European, North American and UK indies feature regularly alongside our other strands from all over the world.

Amongst others, Raindance has hosted the UK premieres of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Blair Witch Project, Dead Man’s Shoes, Memento, Humpday, Love Exposure, Ghost World, Capturing the Friedmans, Down Terrace and Old Boy. Our programming receives plaudits from press and public alike.

Over the years, the festival has hosted such guests and filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Marky Ramone,
Iggy Pop, Anton Corbijn, Quentin Tarantino, Faye Dunaway and Lou Reed. Over the last few years our international Jury has included Lemmy, Armando Iannucci, Jason Flemyng, Andrew Scott, Amy Hubbard, Alice Lowe and Tom Waits.

Current patrons of Raindance include Terry Gilliam, Mike Figgis, Ewan McGregor, Michael Winterbottom, and Marky Ramone.

ORGANIZERS

Elliot Grove (Filmmaker); Raindance Competition; Raindance Festival; Raindance Festival; Raindance Festival; Submissions Raindance; Suzanne Ballantyne (Senior Programmer)

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL RULES
REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES

The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place in London from 23 September to 4 October 2015.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from November 1st 2014. The early deadline is 20 April 2015, the regular deadline is 18 May 2015, the late deadline is 22 June 2015, the WAB Extended Deadline is 29 June 2015. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener OR by TWO (2) DVDs. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time MUST be clearly labeled on the two DVDs. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2014.
- Raindance requires at least a UK premiere for any feature film.
- There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

4. Premiere Status
- Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online.
- There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos

5. Submission Fee
All Withoutabox submissions for Raindance are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

6. Shipping
Your TWO submission DVDs should be sent to:

Festival Submissions
Raindance Film Festival
10 Craven Street
London WC2N 5PE
United Kingdom

All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Raindance must be borne by the submitting party. Raindance will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Raindance will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Raindance will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.

Submission packages from outside the UK must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

Raindance endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 31 August 2015 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

A selected DCP must be received at Raindance no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date. A back-up BluRay will be requested as well.

8. Festival Screenings
Raindance has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Blu-ray will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm or double-head formats.

Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Raindance aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Raindance assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.

9. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Raindance. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Raindance reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Raindance will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

10. Festival Jury Prizes
Jury prizes for Feature Films: Best UK, Best International, Best Documentary, Best Debut, Feature Film of the Festival.

Jury prizes for Short Films: Best UK, Best International, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Special Jury Prize for a Short, Short Film of the Festival are presented at the Festival.

If shortlisted for a Jury prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Raindance.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The 23rd Raindance Film Festival will take place in London from 23 September to 3 October 2015. 1. Submission Deadlines Submissions will be accepted from November 1st 2014. The early deadline is 30 April 2015, the regular deadline is 28 May 2015, the late deadline is 11 June 2015, the WAB Extended Deadline is 18 June 2015. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance. 2. Submission Format Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener OR by TWO (2) DVDs. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time MUST be clearly labeled on the two DVDs. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned. 3. Submission Eligibility - All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2014. - Raindance requires at least a UK premiere for any feature film. - There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos. - Works-in-progress are accepted. 4. Premiere Status - Feature Films must be at least UK Premieres: they must not have been released in the UK on any format, nor screened publicly online. - There is no Premiere policy for short films and music videos 5. Submission Fee All Withoutabox submissions for Raindance are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable. 6. Shipping Your TWO submission DVDs should be sent to: Festival Submissions Raindance Film Festival 10 Craven Street London WC2N 5PE United Kingdom All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Raindance must be borne by the submitting party. Raindance will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Raindance will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Raindance will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party. Submission packages from outside the UK must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10. 7. Selection of Films Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: - Quality of narrative and production values - Independent nature of the production Raindance endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 31 August 2015 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival. A selected DCP must be received at Raindance no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date. A back-up BluRay will be requested as well. 8. Festival Screenings Raindance has the capability to screen Digital Cinema Package (DCP). Blu-ray will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support 35mm, Super 16mm or double-head formats. Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Raindance aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Raindance assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP. 9. Scheduling Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Raindance. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Raindance reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Raindance will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection. 10. Festival Jury Prizes Jury prizes for Feature Films: Best UK, Best International, Best Documentary, Best Debut, Feature Film of the Festival. Jury prizes for Short Films: Best UK, Best International, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Special Jury Prize for a Short, Short Film of the Festival are presented at the Festival. If shortlisted for a Jury prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Raindance.