Raindance Film Festival 2019, London
September 18 - September 29
£10 – £195
The largest independent UK film festival, The Raindance Film Festival returns to London for its 27th edition in September.
Wheras the BFI London Film Festival is the biggest show in town, Raindance describes itself as the “champion of the underdog”. The festival features 90 films, including 12 world and 54 UK premieres, as well as 108 shorts and 19 music videos.
Raindance founder, Elliot Grove, says, “We’re bringing the boldest and freshest talent from the world of indie filmmaking to the heart of London.”
Raindance Festival Premiers
The major UK film festival opens on 18 September with the world premier of Gina Hole Lazarowich’s Krow’s Transformation, which documents three years in the life of Krow Kian, a transgender model in Canada. Both director and Krow Kian will attend the premiere, held at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, London.
The Raindance Festival will conclude a dozen nights later with the UK premiere of Aren’t You Happy, directed by Susanne Heinrich, a post-modern comedy charting the path of a young woman trying to find a place to sleep.
Female Empowerment in Film
For the 2019 Raindance Festival poster, organisers have chosen to reinterpret Boticelli’s masterpiece The Birth of Venice to emphasise the guest continent for the festival – Europe – as well as the key festival theme of strong European women.
Major works at the festival will include Sherry Hormann’s A Regular Woman, inspired by the true story of a Turkish woman killed by her brother in Berlin as an honour killing, and Luna (Elas Diringer) about a woman who helps her friends gang rape a man, only to fall in love with their victim. Other films include Aurora (Miia Tervo) and Emma Peeters (Nicole Palo).
The Viva Voce segment gives voice to tales of women across the world. By the Name of Tania (Mary Jimenez, Bénédicte Liénard) (see cover photo) focuses on testimonials of women forced into sex working, while Tom Wilson’s Matthew Mark Luke John charts a teenage Roma girl’s struggles with both family and community in Romania.
Emerging Indie Talent
Part of the Raindance Festival’s mission is to unearth fresh indie talent. In keeping with this, first-time filmmakers screening at the festival include: Iranian Sahar Masayebi – Platform; Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay – Oray; Asato Watanabe – A Dobugawa Dream; and Josephine Mackerras – Alice. These are among the films competing for the Best Discovery award.
Raindance Industry Programme
There will also be a Raindance Industry Programme running throughout the festival with masterclasses and talks on filmmaking.
From 27 to 29 September, the Oxo Tower will host works of artists in the media of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality in a Gallery of Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds.
If you prefer your films more classical than indie, then read our preview of the Venice International Film Festival.
When is the Raindance Film Festival 2019?
Where is the Raindance Film Festival?
Most screenings, except the opening night premier, will be at the Vue Cinema, Piccadilly, London.
Raindance Film Festival Programme and Tickets
For the full programme, and to purchase either a festival pass or individual tickets, click here.
For more information on the Raindance Film Festival
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