Raindance Festival : Winners of the 20th Anniversary Film Festival

A film starring Derek Jacobi and a cast of prisoners; a Danish documentary about the love story between two ballroom dancers; a dark Finnish thriller featuring a girl driven into prostitution by debt; the tingling tale of an Afghani orphan, and a Hollywood style musical made indie were amongst the films honoured on October 6th at the Apollo cinema as part of the Raindance Film Festival‘s awards ceremony.

Following a 33% increase from last year’s record-breaking attendance figures and a week and a half of irresistible indie film, the Raindance Film Festival comes to a close this Sunday. Raindance  received over 4000 submissions from more than 45 countries around the world. Many of the filmmakers have had previous contact with Raindance – either through the revolutionary training programmes Raindance offers or through having submitted a film in previous years – but the festival also welcomed a plethora of new independent filmmakers from 42 countries who have taken their first step in launching their film careers.

In many ways this has been a social-media festival, and the festival’s audiences  have really helped to promote the cause of independent filmmaking, with over 22% of the films shown now in discussion for distribution – and that figure is constantly rising. Raindance also received over a million impressions a day through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

After a week and a half of enjoyment and deliberation, the 12 strong Raindance Jury have now come to a decision as to who will take home the prestigious Raindance Awards. The jury included Sarah Radclyffe – producer and co-founder of Working Title – Oli Harbottle (Dogwoof Distribution), cinematographer Philip Bloom, Karlovy Vary artistic director Karel Och and William C. Martell, writer of 20 produced feature films. Films were nominated for the following 8 categories:

–       Best International Feature
–       Best UK Feature
–       Best Debut Feature
–       Best Documentary
–       Best International Short
–       Best UK Short
–       Short Film of the Festival
–       Feature Film of the Festival

Raindance Founder Elliot Grove commented on the success of this year’s festival:
« I have allowed myself the satisfaction of seeing the festival I started 20 years ago finally achieving the industry and public recognition that the films and filmmakers represented truly deserve. Our festival programmers were spoiled for choice and the 105 features and 138 shorts they chose represent a diverse range of independent filmmaking, which deserve to be seen. »

Full list of award winners :

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE : Laurentie
BEST UK FEATURE : Love Tomorrow
BEST DEBUT FEATURE : Indebted
BEST DOCUMENTARY : Ballroom Dancer
BEST UK SHORTS :The Pub
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORTS : Buzkashi Boys
FILM OF THE FESTIVAL [SHORT] : Buzkashi Boys
This film will be shortlisted for an 2013 OscarTM Nomination for Best Short Film.
FILM OF THE FESTIVAL [FEATURE] : How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song?
Awarded to the feature film or documentary that best embodies the spirit of Raindance.

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