Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Open Shorts Night

What is the Raindance Open Shorts Night?

Filmmakers present their work and have the opportunity to network & discuss their creations with the audience and filmmakers alike. 

Both industry professionals and first-timers bring their shorts, making the quality of cinema at each event both diverse and entertaining. 

And with such a broad spectrum of new work being screened, each event is a genuine reflection of the current output of the London indie filmmaking community.

The aim is to create a pathway for finding local gems, and making them eligible for Raindance’s official selection.


The top 5-10 films will be screened OFF COMPETITION in a special Shorts Program Playlist at the 2023 Raindance Film Festival online platform.



Part of the Raindance Film Festival, the Raindance Script Competition is a contest dedicated to supporting and championing independent screenwriters.

Accepting Features, TV Pilots, Web Series, and Shorts

Raindance-premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento and the Blair Witch Project, to name a few. Listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’, Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

Love at First Like: A Valentine’s Day Short Film Competition

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, and in today’s digital age, love can come in many forms. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of our “Love at First Like” short film competition, a Valentine’s Day, digital love-themed competition that will be hosted on Instagram.

The theme of the competition is “Digital Love,” and we’re looking for original and creative one-minute films that explore the theme in any way you see fit. Whether it’s a romantic comedy about a couple who met online, a heart-wrenching drama about long-distance love, Ai-involved love, or something in between, we want to see what you can come up with.

How to Take Part:

1) Shoot a film following all these conditions:

Raindance Filmmaker Magazine Open Call

Are you a budding filmmaker, actor or creative looking to make a splash in the industry? Look no further!

Raindance Magazine is giving you the opportunity of a lifetime with our open call for filmmakers to be featured in our publication. This is your chance to showcase your talent and gain the exposure you need to take your career to the next level.

Our magazine, distributed in London's film hot spots and at Raindance, the UK's largest independent film festival, and is also available online. It is the go-to source for all things film. We shed light on the stories and equipment behind the making of great films, and now it's your turn to be in the spotlight.

Raindance Film Festival Volunteer

Raindance can’t run without its army of fantastic volunteers and while this work is unpaid we’re confident that it will be worth your while. Not only is it a good way to see an important side of the UK film industry, but you’ll also have amazing opportunities to meet like-minded people and to network with industry professionals.

Each year we recruit around 100 volunteers, a perfect way to get involved for anybody wanting to gain work experience whilst broadening their film knowledge.

IMPORTANT: Please note you must be 18 to be eligible and commit to at least 5 full days or 10 half days between 26 October – 05 November 2022.

Urban Legend Short Film Competition

This year, as Raindance brings back some iconic mavericks, we thought we would highlight one this Halloween… The Blair Witch Project! In the legend, The Blair Witch, Elly Kedward, terrorized the town of Blair, now Burkittsville, during the late 1700’s and was executed for her crimes.

So what is your favourite Urban Legend?

Show us in a 1 minute short film for the chance to have your film screened at Raindance Film Festival 2022!!

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