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Raindance Film School

Raindance Film School

Raindance Film School


You’ve got big ideas.

We teach you how to make them reality — your way.

A professional, accredited film school with an independent spirit, Raindance has been teaching novice and experienced filmmakers alike since 1992. Our ethos is focused on independence, and our courses are designed for you to develop your skills your way, in your style.

Students of Raindance Film School enjoy mentor-based support, financial assistance, fantastic networking, and career-building opportunities to launch a career in film.

If you happen to become the Next Big Thing, great! (Don’t forget us when you’re famous.) If you want to get into the world of film simply for the love of it, even better!

Even if you aren’t looking for a career in the industry, filmmaking skills are transferrable to other areas, including budgeting, project management, artistic-development and much more.

You never know where your filmmaking journey will lead or what it will reveal about you. That’s what makes us so proud to offer an environment that will let you find out, and create some amazing work in the process!

The Raindance Organisation

The organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment: can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience? The first Raindance event was a masterclass with Dov Simens held in London in April 1992.

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses — which are offered throughout the year at our 10 international hubs — and the British Independent Film Awards.

In October 1993, the Raindance Film Festival was born, held at London’s Prince Charles Cinema and Ciné Lumière. The festival runs annually in September in London’s West End.

In 1998, Raindance created the British Independent Film Awards, an annual celebration of the best UK independent films of the year held in December. Top honours have been awarded to My Name is Joe, Billy Elliot, Vera Drake, This Is England, Slumdog Millionaire, Pride and American Honey.

The School

Our courses, classes and workshops are some of the most popular in the world, spanning disciplines and crafts such as screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, special effects, editing, lighting, sound and short filmmaking, to name just a few.

Over the last 29 years, we’ve had the honour of teaching the art of film to students in cities around the world, including London, Toronto, LA, Berlin and Paris, as well as online.


  • Jumeirah

    Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

    • Guadalajara

      Tormenta,580A, 44520, Guadalajara

      • London

        10a Craven St, WC2N 5PE, London