Raindance Festival 2017

Wednesday 20th September

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Q&A with Atsuko Hirayanagi, Josh Hartnett
Oh Lucy!
Setsuko is seemingly stuck with her life in Tokyo until she is convinced by her niece, Mika, to enrol in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American persona named ‘Lucy.’ The new identity awakens...
Raindance 25th Opening Night: Party Like It's 1993
Raindance brings you Guilty Pleasures for a night like no other. Immersive, unashamedly unapologetic and includes YOU in its quest to make your big night out great again. It’s a place to ditch the guilt and focus on the good. The night will cram...

Thursday 21st September

Italy Co-Production Forum
Strands: Industry Forum
Raindance Film Festival, ICE (Italian Trade Agency), ANICA (Italian National Association of Film and Audiovisual Industry) and MiBACT (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism), in partnership with Variety, presents the...
Boys for Sale
Screen on 28th September includes Q & A with producer Ian Thomas Ash and Director of Photography Adrian "Uchujin" Storey. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district are bars specializing in "Urisen" - young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid...
Noble Earth
Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within Italy's hermetic nobility.
That's Not Me
Polly's dreams of making it as an actor are crushed when her identical twin sister lands a coveted role on an HBO show, but she soon succumbs to taking advantage of her sibling's newfound celebrity. However, Polly's indulgence in free swag, comped...
Pitch Training with Elliot Grove
Strands: Industry Forum
It’s not enough to have a million pound idea, you have to be able to sell it. When often all you have is 15 minutes with a producer that has heard 10 other projects that same day, it is vital to learn how to hook anyone and get your movie made.
Post Truth Times
The internet is changing how our society shares information. Why is fake news shared and believed by millions? Director Héctor Carré follows speaks to journalists including Gay Talese, Amy Goodman, Aron Pilhofer, Bill Kovach and Noam Chomsky to...
The Liberation Of Skopje
The horrors and suffering of the Second World War are portrayed in bittersweet terms through the eyes of 11-year-old Zoran, whose father has joined the partisans to fight the German occupiers, and whose mother becomes involved with a German officer.
City of Joy
A tale of hope and restoration unfolds in City of Joy, a film that follows the first class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
May God Save Us
Madrid, 2011. Hottest August on record. One and a half million pilgrims are awaiting the Pope’s visit and the city is under surveillance by security forces. Several elderly women are brutally raped and murdered. Two inspectors whom nobody wants as...
Takumi Masterclass with Paul J. Franklin sponsored by Lexus
Strands: Industry Forum
Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Paul J. Franklin has been making films since he was at Art School in the '80s. Over the last 25 years he has specialised in visual effects design, winning Oscars for Inception and Interstellar and...
Black Butterfly
Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles with what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan...
2
Q&A with David Barba
Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Widely considered the greatest partner of his generation, every ballerina wants to dance with him. From his struggle to reach the top of the ballet world, to his...
There Is a Light
Paolo works unwillingly as a salesclerk in a Turin Department Store. Mia is a drifting back-up singer in a band. Paolo is looking to understand himself, his identity and his sexuality. Mia has a shocking sexual life that is free-spirited and...
4
Q&A with Richard Kovitch, Zoe Rixon, Adam Hamish Heggarty, Dan Martin
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows is the incredible untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London’s 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. So powerful was this body of work that 45...
1
Q&A with Julius Ramsay, Alston Ramsay
Midnighters
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay,...
6
Q&A with Koji Segawa, Misa Namba
Swaying Mariko
Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.
Visitors
Strands: Narrative Shorts
An ambient film - a quiet contact between the earth and it's visitors.
Lies We Tell
When his billionaire boss dies, Donald must destroy all evidence of his enigmatic mistress Amber. Amber's past pulls Donald into a life-and-death showdown with her gangster cousin/ex-husband. Nursing his tragic past, Donald is plunged into a world...
Apricot Groves
Aram, an Iranian Armenian, has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. Now, with the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What follows is...
3
Q&A with Douglas Beer, Jennifer Rihouey, Damien Dorsaz, Mathieu Chardet, Maria Metterai, Magdalena Mactas
The Infinite Moment
Overwhelmed by guilt since the accidental death of their daughter, Mary accepts her husband's proposal to become a camgirl to solve their financial problems.
1
Q&A with Lisa Mazzotta
RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?
RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking...
4
Introduction by Jenny Lu, Peter Kirby
The Receptionist
Unable to find a job, Tina, a Taiwanese recent-graduate living in London, starts working in an illegal massage parlour as a receptionist. As she gradually comes to know the women in this most dysfunctional of artificial families she sees how they...
6
Q&A with Michelle Schumacher, J.K. Simmons, Tony Cummings, Randle Schumacher, Eric Radzan, Pietro Villani
I'm Not Here
A man (J.K. Simmons) struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon realizes that time isn't the enemy he thinks it is.

Friday 22nd September

Lighting Technology Masterclass Presented by Rotolight
Strands: Industry Forum
Workshop and demonstrations of the latest in filmmaking and lighting technologies and techniques for filmmakers to enhance their productions
Women in Film Panel: What Does it Mean to be a Leading Female Character on the Big Screen
Strands: Industry Forum
Hosted by Women in Entertainment President - Cynthia Landon - this panel will explore films and narratives in which female characters and narratives are placed front and centre. Featuring Kelly Davis and Kim Hudson, this panel will discuss what it...
Love and Other Cults
27th September Screening including Q&A with Director Eiji Uchida. Set in a small town in Japan, Ai Shima is sent to a cult commune for 7 years as a child. After leaving the cult she returns to try and find her place in society - and is trapped...
Cahier Africain
It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their...
This Is Us
A young woman breaks things off with her boyfriend, but the universe has other plans. Desperate to move on, she is forced to literally relive the memories they've shared together. Pin-balling through time and space, she attempts to rewrite their...
From Festivals, to Awards: how can a film festival help to access awards?
Strands: Industry Forum
How do you go from exposure to recognition? From awareness to acclaim? From the cinema to the awards ceremony? SXSW, Slamdance and Sundance Award winner Daniel-Konrad Cooper from Rather Good Films and PR Expert Catherine-Lyn Scott discuss the...
Transmania
Transmania is made by fifteen directors. Each director has continued the story by filming a five minute section of a film, based exclusively on the last minute of the previous one. In this way extreme dramatic twists brings the viewer on the edge...
Financing Your Film With The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
Strands: Industry Forum
The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) sponsored by the UK Government, offers large tax deductions to investors to encourage investment in small, high-risk companies, including independent film. Leading internet platform EIS funding provider...
Dark Blue Girl
Two years after Hannah and Jimmy's break up, the pair unexpectedly fall head over heels for each other again when selling their holiday home in the Aegean. They want to give their relationship a second chance, but their seven-year-old daughter,...
There Is a Light
Paolo works unwillingly as a salesclerk in a Turin Department Store. Mia is a drifting back-up singer in a band. Paolo is looking to understand himself, his identity and his sexuality. Mia has a shocking sexual life that is free-spirited and...
From Film to VR: The Road to becoming a Creator
Strands: Industry Forum
Explore the intersection of Film and Gaming – Virtual Reality. How do Filmmakers become VR Creators? and where do your skills crossover? Several filmmakers who have made the transition discuss their experience and offer a unique insight into the...
2
Q&A with Zornitsa Sophia Popgantcheva, Petar Minchev
Voevoda
Roumena is a tortured mother, forced to abandon her child and home, who leads a band of rebels and inflicts her own justice while struggling to make it up to the men’s world of 19th century. Voevoda means rebel-leader, commander, guardian and...
Junk Head
In a dystopian future where the human race has lost the ability to propagate the species, a lone explorer is sent underground to investigate the strange world of mutated clones.
I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott
This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest...
Live Ammunition!
Strands: Industry Forum
The chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film executives! To the people who matter. To the people who buy scripts and decide what will be made and what won't. Just drop past the Hospitality Desk to put your name in the hat. If...
Cake
Directed by A Friel
UK
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Two women sit in a barren dystopian wasteland discussing the best way to die.
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Q&A with Sadrac González-Perellón, Lowena McDonell, Julian Nicholson, Haydée Lysander
Black Hollow Cage
Alice, a thirteen year-old girl, lives with her father in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Secluded and depressed, the girl forms a strong bond with Beatrice, a female...
Discreet
Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.
3
Q&A with Andrea De Sica
Children of the Night
Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship...
1
Q&A with Heitor Dhalia, Michael O'Neill, Bia Setti, Felipe Setti
On Yoga The Architecture of Peace
On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is based on Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name. This project tells the story of the 10 years the author spent photographing Yoga’s great masters. By posing very human questions from our current perspective,...
4
Q&A with Madeleine Farley, Martin Kloiber, Mike Wallington
Stooge
Stooge is a feature documentary about Robert Pargiter, Iggy Pop's No1 fan. It covers the three years leading up to his 50th birthday when he tries to track his hero down in a final absolution. His journey has taken him all over the world in search...

Saturday 23rd September

Location Location Location How to Find the Right Locations for your Film Presented by filmfixer
Strands: Industry Forum
Andrew Pavord, founder of FilmFixer shares his top tips on securing your most wanted filming locations.
2
Q&A with Matan Yair
Scaffolding
17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker at school. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with Rami, his new literature teacher, and begins to...
From Book to Film: Finding a Story
Strands: Industry Forum
Most of the leading box office films are book adaptations. In the uncertain times of the changing economy, adaptation seems to be a safe bet. Learn about the process of transforming a beloved book into a succesful film. With Tony Morris.
The Dark Mile
London couple Louise and Clare book a sailing trip in the Highlands to recover from a personal tragedy. The location may be idyllic, but soon they are tormented by a black industrial barge that follows them, and by the dysfunctional folk on...
Shorts Programme: Animation
Displaying an eclectic array of styles & featuring award-winning animators who have returned to screen at Raindance. There are universal meditations on the human condition, which at times are punctuated with grotesque humour & distressing...
Short Films – Calling Card to Features?
Strands: Industry Forum
Are Short Films the path to getting your first feature financed? A panel of Industry specialists from Filmmakers to Programmers explore the lifespan of a short film, the doors it opens, and what happens next.
Teenage Superstars
Scotland, 1982. The stars of Big Gold Dream had either split up or taken the Big Gold Road south to major label success in London. Glasgow was left with an 'indie label' void, but the seeds sown in Big Gold Dream would lead to a new era of...
Swaying Mariko
Mariko, a seemingly normal housewife, has been with her younger husband, Tomoharu, for six years but is dissatisfied daily. Despite having a son together, Tomoharu is often absent from home and she suspects that he might be having an affair.
Visitors
Strands: Narrative Shorts
An ambient film - a quiet contact between the earth and it's visitors.
Shorts Programme: International 1
These films reveal a deep human aptitude for being responsible politically to rebel against established notions. This requires an abundant deal of vigilance & persistent determination to ensure change. That attitude has to remain credible if...
Directing Masterclass Ate de Jong
Strands: Industry Forum
Drop Dead Fred director Ate de Jong shares his top tips on directing.
2
Q&A with Katie Green, Carlye Rubin
The Family I Had
Charity walks a fine line between love and fear of her son, Paris. It’s been ten years since he killed her daughter and she is left questioning his chance at redemption and her ability to forgive. Multiple accounts allow for conflicting points of...
3
Q&A with Roberto Sneider
You Are Killing Me Susana
You Are Killing Me Susana is the journey of a Mexico City native into the heart of the US, to a different culture and a frigid winter, but above all into his own soul to confront the contradictions between his macho idiosyncrasies and the love he...
1
Q&A with Ate de Jong
Love Is Thicker Than Water
A tale as old as time, or at least as old as Shakespeare: star-crossed lovers, bound by passion, pulled apart by religion, culture and a broken jar of peanut butter. Arthur and Vida, young Londoners tumbling headlong into all-consuming love. But...
Shorts Programme: UK
This showcases engaging & emerging filmmakers from the UK, all political, personal & potent. Matters may seem out of control in turbulent times & these stories attempt to restore the balance. Featuring dark satires, understated issues...
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LGBT Drinks
Join Us to Celebrate the LGBTQ Films and Filmmakers at Raindance! Ahead of the Bruce LaBruce screening, join us for drinks Hosted by DSTRKT, the exclusive Central London venue. Dress code: smart casual Please note that the venue has a restricted...
Cry of the City
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A thought-provoking and moralistic film on the theme of young people following their dreams in the big city. Alienation and financial hardships can often lead to bad decisions in life. The film uses visuals and voice-over to dramatise the...
Mukoku
In Kamakura, the city of greenery and sea, Kengo was trained in Kendo by his father. But after experiencing a tragic incident, Kengo loses the will to live. Another master, Mitsumura, tries to put him back on his feet again by sending him a...
2
Q&A with Bruce LaBruce
The Misandrists
The Misandrists refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. When a young man, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female...
3
Q&A with Jack Eve, Alice Eve
Bees Make Honey
Bees Make Honey is a stylish 1930's British murder-mystery set in a stately manor home. One year ago, Honey’s (Alice Eve) husband was murdered at her annual Halloween Costume Party. Determined to find the murderer, Honey covertly hires a Police...
1
Q&A with Miriam Albert-Sobrino, Sonia Albert-Sobrino, Alfonso Míguez
The Story of a Satellite
Almost 20 years after losing his father to a freak satellite-related accident, Rafael, an undertaker, realizes that his whole life has been orbiting in the wrong direction. With the help of his own "Sancho Panza", Melito, Rafael will begin a...
Music Video
The primary function of the music video is to promote the piece of music that it accompanies - to provide a visual interpretation of the sequence of notes, sounds and lyrics that make up the track. The best music videos are works of art in...

Sunday 24th September

Why are we still talking about Queer film?
Strands: Industry Forum
It has been 50 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK. How much has society changed, and where does LGBTQ filmmaking sit in today’s industry? Bruce LaBruce and a panel of queer artists, curators, and activists share their...
RiverBlue: Can Fashion Save the Planet?
RiverBlue follows internationally celebrated river conservationist Mark Angelo on an around-the-world journey by river that uncovers the dark side of the fashion industry. Infiltrating one of the world’s most pollutive industries, and speaking...
Children of the Night
Giulio, a seventeen-year-old from a well-to-do family, is sent to a boarding school. In this isolated place in the Alps, where iron-clad rules limit all contact with the outside, he makes friends with Edoardo, who is rather odd. Their friendship...
Shorts Programme: Documentary
These short documentaries reveal fascinating portrayals of controversial artists, dialectic observers & intangible landscapes. Surviving these idiosyncratic extremities of existence in these abandoned landscapes may be essentially full of...
The Receptionist
Unable to find a job, Tina, a Taiwanese recent-graduate living in London, starts working in an illegal massage parlour as a receptionist. As she gradually comes to know the women in this most dysfunctional of artificial families she sees how they...
Pitch your Poster!
Strands: Industry Forum
All filmmakers should understand how their film should be marketed from the start. In this event you can pitch your idea for your film as a film poster to a panel of experts and distributors. Submit your poster here! Deadline Monday 18th...
I Still Hide to Smoke
In the heart of the hammam, far from the accusing gaze of men, mothers, lovers, virgins and Islamic fanatics, butts and burqas mingle and mix, confront one another, with laughter, tears, rage, the Bible and the Koran... before the flash of a...
Cake
Directed by A Friel
UK
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Two women sit in a barren dystopian wasteland discussing the best way to die.
Black Hollow Cage
Alice, a thirteen year-old girl, lives with her father in a huge house in the woods, following a car accident in which the girl lost her mother and part of her right arm. Secluded and depressed, the girl forms a strong bond with Beatrice, a female...
Shorts Programme: International 2
Riotously disruptive tales featuring raw portraits of unhinged characters. Extravagant cravings provoke impulsive ventures, obliterating any impression of prestige. These films are besieged with neon-saturated streets, hardcore punks, mercenary...
Edie
Directed by Simon Hunter
UK
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. Following her husband’s death, she decides to take herself off to the Highlands on a climbing trip that her father had planned for them many years before.
2
Q&A with Hector Valdez
Peaches
Somewhere in the Caribbean, in a future that never was, Diego will have to find any means necessary to fix what happened when his girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway. Even if it means competing with different...
3
Q&A with Leslie Ann Coles, Sonja Kristina, Judy Dyble, Steve Howe, Steve Abbott
Melody Makers
Melody Makers chronicles the birth of music journalism when rock was in its infancy and Melody Maker magazine, the world’s first music press, was revered as the bible of rock n' roll not just in the UK but also around the world.
Shorts Programme: International 3
From heated intensity to sensitive intimacy, this collection of shorts focuses on stories brimming with emotion. They examine the crucial choices we make at pivotal moments in life, and their life-changing consequences. Across a diverse range of...
Stolen Innocence
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring.
6
Q&A with Tom Gustafson, Cory Krueckeberg, Jenna Ushkowitz, Nolan Gerard Funk
Hello Again
Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early '90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This...
The Sleeping Field
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a field, we witness a dream - or is it a parallel reality?
Rebels On Pointe
Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the notorious, all male, drag ballet company founded in New York City in 1974 on the heels of the Stonewall riots.
3
Q&A with R Paul Wilson, Reyn Ouwehand, Kate McLaughlin, Jim Sweeney, Catriona Evans, Atta Yaqub, Alan C McLaughlin, Lisa Hague, Kris Commons
Isolani
After witnessing a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life, she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer.
Shorts Programme: LGBT
A collection of stories featuring drag queens, transgender youth & bourgeoning recognition. Crucially remaining genuine in telling of the lives and loves that run through LGBT communities, both authentic & audacious. These are courageous...
1
Q&A with Joaquín Cambre
A Trip to the Moon
Tomas is an outcast teenager trying to pass an exam. His family are constantly pressing him, and his mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an intriguing trip to the moon. In this particular journey,...
Black Butterfly
Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles with what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter with a drifter named Jack (Jonathan...

Monday 25th September

China Day
Strands: Industry Forum
In recognition of the plethora of filmmaking talent in China, Raindance is proud host China Day in conjunction with our Chinese partners, Dreamax - a Beijing based production and distribution outfit. China Day is a day of panel discussions on how...
Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of Brazilian ballet star Marcelo Gomes. Widely considered the greatest partner of his generation, every ballerina wants to dance with him. From his struggle to reach the top of the ballet world, to his...
The Infinite Moment
Overwhelmed by guilt since the accidental death of their daughter, Mary accepts her husband's proposal to become a camgirl to solve their financial problems.
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows
Penny Slinger: Out Of The Shadows is the incredible untold story of the pioneering British artist Penny Slinger, who came of age in London’s 1960s counter-culture with a radical vision of female sexuality. So powerful was this body of work that 45...
Voevoda
Roumena is a tortured mother, forced to abandon her child and home, who leads a band of rebels and inflicts her own justice while struggling to make it up to the men’s world of 19th century. Voevoda means rebel-leader, commander, guardian and...
25th Anniversary Talk with Elliot Grove
Strands: Industry Forum
To celebrate 25 years of Raindance, we are hosting a celebration event and QnA with Festival Founder Elliot Grove chaired by Denise Parkinson, Entertainment Director from the Telegraph.
On Yoga The Architecture of Peace
On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace is based on Michael O’Neill’s book of the same name. This project tells the story of the 10 years the author spent photographing Yoga’s great masters. By posing very human questions from our current perspective,...
Trendy
Richard, a 30 year-old teacher, moves to East London, where he discovers hipsters, cockneys, immigrants and conflict. He discovers the East End: its nights, its drugs, its people, but the big city is not a welcoming place. Faced with rejection and...
360 Filmmaking Masterclass presented with Facebook 360
Strands: Industry Forum
Virtual Reality has emerged as a new artistic medium and a creative platform. From storytelling to world building—how can creators leverage the true power of VR? Join us and learn all about 360 filmmaking with the Facebook 360 product team from...
The Foolish Bird
A16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn’t know. As she takes risks, she has her first sexual experience – a cruel one.
2
Q&A with Timur Makarevic, Boris Glibusic
Nothing But the Wind
What's that saying? The heart is where home is? Home is where the heart is? Vedran is a Bosnian-born Swede, forced to re-visit his hometown 18 years after leaving it. Against his will, Sarajevo is changing him. But that does not make him less...
Hyper Jump
Strands: Narrative Shorts
If you're going to be taking part in one of history's iconic moments, you'd better prepare a speech.
6
Q&A with Héctor Carré
Post Truth Times
The internet is changing how our society shares information. Why is fake news shared and believed by millions? Director Héctor Carré follows speaks to journalists including Gay Talese, Amy Goodman, Aron Pilhofer, Bill Kovach and Noam Chomsky to...
4
Q&A with Moby Longinotto
The Joneses
The story of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender divorcee, and her family in 'bible belt' Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two sons in her trailerpark home, Jheri embarks on a journey to reveal herself to...
Boozin' N Schmoozin'
Want to meet indie filmmakers and film lovers in London? Looking to find a team to work on your next project, volunteer your services for some set time, or just chat about movies with someone who can tell the difference between Fight Club and...
1
Q&A with Mike Rogers, Ken Nishikawa
Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
It's a hard day's night in Japan with a faustian twist. The Screamin' Telstars are a retro rock band. They’ve been struggling for years. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of - but with...
Things Break In
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in...
6
Q&A with Ante Tomić
The Constitution
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of their very different lives. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to...
Johnny Jeana : Portrait of a Tokyo Rockabilly
One of the last of Tokyo’s Rockabillies, Johnny Jeana keeps 50s Americana alive in the heart of Tokyo. In this film, we delve into Japan’s Rockabilly culture and Johnny’s dreams of superstardom.
2
Q&A with Emanuele Crialese moderated by Nick Walker from Rochester Kino
Golden Door
From the internationally acclaimed director of Respiro, winner of the Cannes Critic’s Week Award in 2002, Golden Door is a moving yet unsentimental film of mythic resonance which tells the story of the early years of mass Italian immigration to...
Afterparty
In recent years, the city of Belgrade has been proclaimed the capital of European clubbing. From the perspective of prestigious city club bartender Marko Mare, this is story about modern day Belgrade and its residents.
4
Q&A with Laura Schroeder, Lolita Chammah
Barrage
Troubled young mother Catherine is determined to establish a relationship with her estranged daughter Alba. However, Catherine's mother Elisabeth is reluctant to allow Catherine back into Alba's life. Catherine is willing to take some extreme...
1
Q&A with Laura Plancarte
Siblings
Hermanos tells the story of two Mexican brothers, desperate to return to the US after being deported, and in parallel the story of an American woman who believes that she can get her house back through Trump’s promises. A tale about immigration,...
6
Q&A with Stevan Jovic, Lidja Markovic
Lebach - State Asylum Office
Refugees stories and Dreams. An in-depth look at the lives of refugees, filmed over three years in a German asylum office.

Tuesday 26th September

Lebach - State Asylum Office
Refugees stories and Dreams. An in-depth look at the lives of refugees, filmed over three years in a German asylum office.
Perfect Revolution
Kuma is disabled, suffering from congenital cerebral palsy, and also an activist for sex for the disabled. He meets Mitsu, who suffers from a personality disorder, and gradually starts opening his heart to her. Their ultimate love has the power to...
Midnighters
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime. From Walking Dead director Julius Ramsay,...
While Waiting
Lola lives in a public nursing home, where even the only coffin is a shared commodity. Calling her mom and taking care of her husband, both now long gone fro her life, are part of her daily efforts to give value to her existence in a world that...
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
In 1984, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet; by 1991, she had been promoted to Principal Dancer. This film follows the extraordinary artist throughout a passage of life that all dancers must face as she confronts the limitations of her...
The Misandrists
The Misandrists refers to a secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. When a young man, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female...
A Trip to the Moon
Tomas is an outcast teenager trying to pass an exam. His family are constantly pressing him, and his mother forces him to take antipsychotic drugs. In his need to escape, Tomas plans an intriguing trip to the moon. In this particular journey,...
Stooge
Stooge is a feature documentary about Robert Pargiter, Iggy Pop's No1 fan. It covers the three years leading up to his 50th birthday when he tries to track his hero down in a final absolution. His journey has taken him all over the world in search...
Bluefin
Set in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Bluefin explores the mystery of why, after a complete disappearance from overfishing for more than a decade, normally wary bluefin are returning in phenomenal abundance and no longer fear humans. So...
I'm Not Here
A man (J.K. Simmons) struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon realizes that time isn't the enemy he thinks it is.
2
Q&A with Max Zunino, Sofia Espinosa, Cesar Ramos, Isabel Bondy
Mist
Martina feels trapped in Mexico City. Her feelings of entrapment and confusion only grow when she falls pregnant. At a loss, Martina decides to go to Berlin in search of her baby's father, but the trip will reveal much more about her own identity.
Amerika Square
Nakos has had enough of the thousands of refugees in his neighbourhood. Tarek from Syria is looking for a deal to be smuggled out of Greece, as is Tereza, an African singer. When a malicious act by Nako interrupts their illegal trip, Billy steps...
4
Q&A with Nicholas Bushman, Mike Dwyer, Andrew Hovelson
Stranger in the Dunes
A troubled married couple and their long-lost friend become ensnared in a supernatural phenomenon while vacationing at an isolated beach house. Trapped in their deadly paradise, the seaside dunes become a harrowing stage for their primal descent...
A Magician
Strands: Narrative Shorts
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.
2
Q&A with Danilo Serbedzija, Rade Serbedzija, Francesca Manno
The Liberation Of Skopje
The horrors and suffering of the Second World War are portrayed in bittersweet terms through the eyes of 11-year-old Zoran, whose father has joined the partisans to fight the German occupiers, and whose mother becomes involved with a German officer.
6
Q&A with Yusaku Matsumoto, Urara Anjo, Kentaro Kishi, Kenji Kohashi
Noise
Screening on 26th September includes Q & A with the director Yusaku Matsumoto. Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
2
Q&A with Emanuele Crialese moderated by Nick Walker from Rochester Kino
Terraferma
On an uncontaminated Sicilian island inhabited mainly by fishermen, life is beginning to change. The set-in-their-ways locals, aside from having their own troubles to contend with, now have to deal with the new challenges that tourism and...
3
Q&A with Mascha Schilinski
Dark Blue Girl
Two years after Hannah and Jimmy's break up, the pair unexpectedly fall head over heels for each other again when selling their holiday home in the Aegean. They want to give their relationship a second chance, but their seven-year-old daughter,...
4
Q&A with Jason Wingard, Alex Fraser, Georgia Cole
In Another Life
Our once beautiful homeland had become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many have already left Syria, risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless opportunists who trade in...
1
Q&A with Raphael Carassic, Nathan Curren, Pierre Denoyel, Clementine Gayet
Biarritz Surf Gang
Biarritz Surf Gang tells the story of a time that marked surfing's transition from counterculture to a high-level sport. To surf in 1980s Biarritz was to rebel against tradition and polite society. For the sport's enthusiasts, the thirst for...
Afterlov
It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos is taking care of a friend's villa. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and invites her over for the weekend. Sofia...

Wednesday 27th September

The Joneses
The story of Jheri Jones, a 74-year-old transgender divorcee, and her family in 'bible belt' Mississippi. Reconciled after years of estrangement, and now living with two sons in her trailerpark home, Jheri embarks on a journey to reveal herself to...
Junk Head
In a dystopian future where the human race has lost the ability to propagate the species, a lone explorer is sent underground to investigate the strange world of mutated clones.
Nothing But the Wind
What's that saying? The heart is where home is? Home is where the heart is? Vedran is a Bosnian-born Swede, forced to re-visit his hometown 18 years after leaving it. Against his will, Sarajevo is changing him. But that does not make him less...
Hyper Jump
Strands: Narrative Shorts
If you're going to be taking part in one of history's iconic moments, you'd better prepare a speech.
Bees Make Honey
Bees Make Honey is a stylish 1930's British murder-mystery set in a stately manor home. One year ago, Honey’s (Alice Eve) husband was murdered at her annual Halloween Costume Party. Determined to find the murderer, Honey covertly hires a Police...
Siblings
Hermanos tells the story of two Mexican brothers, desperate to return to the US after being deported, and in parallel the story of an American woman who believes that she can get her house back through Trump’s promises. A tale about immigration,...
Rebels On Pointe
Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever documentary film celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the notorious, all male, drag ballet company founded in New York City in 1974 on the heels of the Stonewall riots.
Discreet
Filmmaker Alex lives in a van. He sets up his camera in rural areas in the US, situated in no-man’s land near highways. During a visit to his former alcoholic mother, she shares with him a well-kept secret.
Speak Up
Every year, at the University of Saint-Denis, a competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate and many prepare with the help of professional advisors. Armed with new-found knowledge, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and...
The Story of a Satellite
Almost 20 years after losing his father to a freak satellite-related accident, Rafael, an undertaker, realizes that his whole life has been orbiting in the wrong direction. With the help of his own "Sancho Panza", Melito, Rafael will begin a...
I Go Back Home - Jimmy Scott
This award-winning documentary is the story of a man, Ralf Kemper, driven to celebrate a long-forgotten music legend. Kemper finds the best players, arrangers and producers to create the album of his dreams. He showcases Jimmy Scott in the finest...
Home Truth
In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Determined to make sure...
In Conversation with Emanuele Crialese
Strands: Industry Forum
Meet Emanuele Crialese, the young Italian director who has charmed audiences worldwide with his poetic and passionate approach to one of the hottest topics of our time: migration. Be ready to discover a hidden gem, his work and the secrets of a...
2
Q&A with Eiji Uchida, Adam Torel
Love and Other Cults
27th September Screening including Q&A with Director Eiji Uchida. Set in a small town in Japan, Ai Shima is sent to a cult commune for 7 years as a child. After leaving the cult she returns to try and find her place in society - and is trapped...
Get Away
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Having travelled far from home for an abortion, a working mother finds she needs a helping hand.
6
Q&A with Evald Johnson, Phil Donlon, Alexander Hacke, John Cook, Ellen Philips
High & Outside: A Baseball Noir
In the streets of Los Angeles, a minor league baseball player recklessly claws to keep his dreams alive. Geoffrey Lewis, Phil Donlon, David Yow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Richter and Lindsey Haun star in this dark drama that explores the dangerous...
On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone
Michael Rubenstone, a Sly and the Family Stone super- fan, sets out to find the band’s leader, the reclusive funk legend, Sly Stone. Part road movie, part rock doc, On the Sly... follows Michael over the course of 12 years as he travels across the...
2
Q&A with David Lusicic, Jelena Dorbnjak, Frano Maskovic
Transmania
Transmania is made by fifteen directors. Each director has continued the story by filming a five minute section of a film, based exclusively on the last minute of the previous one. In this way extreme dramatic twists brings the viewer on the edge...
The Nobodies
Love, hate, broken promises and five friends meet in the streets of a hostile city. In the street, the nobodies, young people united by wanderlust, find art and music, a place of refuge and an opportunity to escape.
Oh Lucy!
Setsuko is seemingly stuck with her life in Tokyo until she is convinced by her niece, Mika, to enrol in an unorthodox English class that requires her to wear a blonde wig and take on an American persona named ‘Lucy.’ The new identity awakens...
3
Q&A with Salena Godden
Cahier Africain
It started with a small school exercise book, checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. They gathered together their...
An American Attorney in London
Strands: Narrative Shorts
When a criminal defence attorney visits the US Embassy in London, his appointment with a clinical consular official leads him down a dark and uneasy path to the last place on earth he wants to be.
6
Q&A with Eloise Carrow, David Newton
Amber
Directed by David Newton
UK
After an assignment goes wrong, hitman Jack must give up his life to protect his daughter, Amber. Moments before he meets his fate, he is offered a second chance - but like all second chances, it comes with a price.

Thursday 28th September

Amerika Square
Nakos has had enough of the thousands of refugees in his neighbourhood. Tarek from Syria is looking for a deal to be smuggled out of Greece, as is Tereza, an African singer. When a malicious act by Nako interrupts their illegal trip, Billy steps...
Apricot Groves
Aram, an Iranian Armenian, has been living in America since childhood and has fallen in love there with an Armenian girl. Now, with the help of his older brother, he returns to Armenia to ask her father for permission to marry her. What follows is...
Afterparty
In recent years, the city of Belgrade has been proclaimed the capital of European clubbing. From the perspective of prestigious city club bartender Marko Mare, this is story about modern day Belgrade and its residents.
Melody Makers
Melody Makers chronicles the birth of music journalism when rock was in its infancy and Melody Maker magazine, the world’s first music press, was revered as the bible of rock n' roll not just in the UK but also around the world.
Stolen Innocence
Stolen Innocence delves into a hidden world: the untold stories of millions of girls who disappear from their homes and are forced into a life of sex slavery. Without a choice, these girls are violently trafficked into the world’s largest sex ring.
Biarritz Surf Gang
Biarritz Surf Gang tells the story of a time that marked surfing's transition from counterculture to a high-level sport. To surf in 1980s Biarritz was to rebel against tradition and polite society. For the sport's enthusiasts, the thirst for...
Stranger in the Dunes
A troubled married couple and their long-lost friend become ensnared in a supernatural phenomenon while vacationing at an isolated beach house. Trapped in their deadly paradise, the seaside dunes become a harrowing stage for their primal descent...
Barrage
Troubled young mother Catherine is determined to establish a relationship with her estranged daughter Alba. However, Catherine's mother Elisabeth is reluctant to allow Catherine back into Alba's life. Catherine is willing to take some extreme...
In Another Life
Our once beautiful homeland had become uninhabitable. Too dangerous to walk the streets, drive a car, visit friends. Many have already left Syria, risking their lives on the open water. Giving all we had to the ruthless opportunists who trade in...
Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story
It's a hard day's night in Japan with a faustian twist. The Screamin' Telstars are a retro rock band. They’ve been struggling for years. One day, their leader, Tony, goes to buy a haunted guitar amp. Tony gets everything he’s dreamed of - but with...
Johnny Jeana : Portrait of a Tokyo Rockabilly
One of the last of Tokyo’s Rockabillies, Johnny Jeana keeps 50s Americana alive in the heart of Tokyo. In this film, we delve into Japan’s Rockabilly culture and Johnny’s dreams of superstardom.
Mist
Martina feels trapped in Mexico City. Her feelings of entrapment and confusion only grow when she falls pregnant. At a loss, Martina decides to go to Berlin in search of her baby's father, but the trip will reveal much more about her own identity.
1
Q&A with Paola Villanueva
While Waiting
Lola lives in a public nursing home, where even the only coffin is a shared commodity. Calling her mom and taking care of her husband, both now long gone fro her life, are part of her daily efforts to give value to her existence in a world that...
4
Q&A with Jerry J White III
This Is Us
A young woman breaks things off with her boyfriend, but the universe has other plans. Desperate to move on, she is forced to literally relive the memories they've shared together. Pin-balling through time and space, she attempts to rewrite their...
3
Q&A with Ursula Grisham, Lorenzo Fiuzzi, Melinda Prisco, Daisy Bevan, Kasper Wind Nielsen
Noble Earth
Noble Earth is a study of ennui and female repression within Italy's hermetic nobility.
City of Joy
A tale of hope and restoration unfolds in City of Joy, a film that follows the first class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Speechwriter
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A peek into the private existence of a smart, driven and successful speechwriter, isolated by maddening routine, obsession and a systemised life. Writing for the highest bidder, regardless of the job, The Speechwriter enters a world where client...
Djam
Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos. There she meets Avril, a French girl who has run out of money on her travels. Generous, sassy, unpredictable and free, Djam takes Avril away to the island of Mytilene — a...
2
Q&A with Ian Thomas Ash, Adrian "Uchujin" Storey presented by Gay Times
Boys for Sale
Screen on 28th September includes Q & A with producer Ian Thomas Ash and Director of Photography Adrian "Uchujin" Storey. In Tokyo’s Shinjuku district are bars specializing in "Urisen" - young guys who have sex with men. Featuring candid...
4
Q&A with Louis Lagayette, Marilena Parouti, Lachlan Nieboer, Alice Sanders
Trendy
Richard, a 30 year-old teacher, moves to East London, where he discovers hipsters, cockneys, immigrants and conflict. He discovers the East End: its nights, its drugs, its people, but the big city is not a welcoming place. Faced with rejection and...
That's Not Me
Polly's dreams of making it as an actor are crushed when her identical twin sister lands a coveted role on an HBO show, but she soon succumbs to taking advantage of her sibling's newfound celebrity. However, Polly's indulgence in free swag, comped...
6
Q&A with Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan
In 1984, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet; by 1991, she had been promoted to Principal Dancer. This film follows the extraordinary artist throughout a passage of life that all dancers must face as she confronts the limitations of her...

Friday 29th September

Raindance VR Experiences Summit presented by Facebook 360 in partnership with Blend Media
Strands: Industry Forum
Taking place at the May Fair Hotel’s private screening room, the summit will bring together Raindance VRX Awards nominees, Jury members and special guests from Facebook’s 360 team in California. Highly acclaimed Virtual Reality creators and 360...
Virtual Reality
For the second year in a row, the Raindance VR Arcade sponsored by Lexus at London’s Hospital Club, will be the festival’s home to pioneering Virtual Reality experiences and 360 films, of which many will receive their world, European and UK...
On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone
Michael Rubenstone, a Sly and the Family Stone super- fan, sets out to find the band’s leader, the reclusive funk legend, Sly Stone. Part road movie, part rock doc, On the Sly... follows Michael over the course of 12 years as he travels across the...
An American Attorney in London
Strands: Narrative Shorts
When a criminal defence attorney visits the US Embassy in London, his appointment with a clinical consular official leads him down a dark and uneasy path to the last place on earth he wants to be.
Amber
Directed by David Newton
UK
After an assignment goes wrong, hitman Jack must give up his life to protect his daughter, Amber. Moments before he meets his fate, he is offered a second chance - but like all second chances, it comes with a price.
Peaches
Somewhere in the Caribbean, in a future that never was, Diego will have to find any means necessary to fix what happened when his girlfriend decides to leave him after a disastrous anniversary getaway. Even if it means competing with different...
Isolani
After witnessing a brutal murder, a young single mother becomes a pawn in a deadly game of deception. To protect her son and start a new life, she must outwit an ambitious prosecutor, a corrupt detective and a desperate killer.
Shorts Programme: International 3
From heated intensity to sensitive intimacy, this collection of shorts focuses on stories brimming with emotion. They examine the crucial choices we make at pivotal moments in life, and their life-changing consequences. Across a diverse range of...
The Nobodies
Love, hate, broken promises and five friends meet in the streets of a hostile city. In the street, the nobodies, young people united by wanderlust, find art and music, a place of refuge and an opportunity to escape.
The Family I Had
Charity walks a fine line between love and fear of her son, Paris. It’s been ten years since he killed her daughter and she is left questioning his chance at redemption and her ability to forgive. Multiple accounts allow for conflicting points of...
You Are Killing Me Susana
You Are Killing Me Susana is the journey of a Mexico City native into the heart of the US, to a different culture and a frigid winter, but above all into his own soul to confront the contradictions between his macho idiosyncrasies and the love he...
Afterlov
It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos is taking care of a friend's villa. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and invites her over for the weekend. Sofia...
Perfect Revolution
Kuma is disabled, suffering from congenital cerebral palsy, and also an activist for sex for the disabled. He meets Mitsu, who suffers from a personality disorder, and gradually starts opening his heart to her. Their ultimate love has the power to...
May God Save Us
Madrid, 2011. Hottest August on record. One and a half million pilgrims are awaiting the Pope’s visit and the city is under surveillance by security forces. Several elderly women are brutally raped and murdered. Two inspectors whom nobody wants as...
6
Q&A with April Hayes, Katia Maguire
Home Truth
In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Determined to make sure...
6
Q&A with Hadi Ghandour, Stevan Lee Mraovitch
The Traveller
A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations that he cannot handle.
Soho Jimbo
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A wanderer plays two rivaling triad gangs against each other in their bitter war for Chinatown. An action-comedy surrounding the infamous hitman, Soho Jimbo.
2
Q&A with Grant McPhee
Teenage Superstars
Scotland, 1982. The stars of Big Gold Dream had either split up or taken the Big Gold Road south to major label success in London. Glasgow was left with an 'indie label' void, but the seeds sown in Big Gold Dream would lead to a new era of...
2
Q&A with Rayhana
I Still Hide to Smoke
In the heart of the hammam, far from the accusing gaze of men, mothers, lovers, virgins and Islamic fanatics, butts and burqas mingle and mix, confront one another, with laughter, tears, rage, the Bible and the Koran... before the flash of a...
3
Q&A with Deirdre Mullins
The Dark Mile
London couple Louise and Clare book a sailing trip in the Highlands to recover from a personal tragedy. The location may be idyllic, but soon they are tormented by a black industrial barge that follows them, and by the dysfunctional folk on...
1
Q&A with John Hopkins
Bluefin
Set in North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Bluefin explores the mystery of why, after a complete disappearance from overfishing for more than a decade, normally wary bluefin are returning in phenomenal abundance and no longer fear humans. So...

Saturday 30th September

Virtual Reality
For the second year in a row, the Raindance VR Arcade sponsored by Lexus at London’s Hospital Club, will be the festival’s home to pioneering Virtual Reality experiences and 360 films, of which many will receive their world, European and UK...
Shorts Programme: Animation
Displaying an eclectic array of styles & featuring award-winning animators who have returned to screen at Raindance. There are universal meditations on the human condition, which at times are punctuated with grotesque humour & distressing...
Cry of the City
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A thought-provoking and moralistic film on the theme of young people following their dreams in the big city. Alienation and financial hardships can often lead to bad decisions in life. The film uses visuals and voice-over to dramatise the...
6
Q&A with Hideki Hoshino
Mukoku
In Kamakura, the city of greenery and sea, Kengo was trained in Kendo by his father. But after experiencing a tragic incident, Kengo loses the will to live. Another master, Mitsumura, tries to put him back on his feet again by sending him a...
Things Break In
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Things Break In is an intimate portrait of independence and love. Ida and Rosa work on a farm to support their families during wartime. Things Break In drops us into a unique circumstance that invites us to see what might happen when two women in...
The Constitution
Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of their very different lives. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to...
Shorts Programme: International 1
These films reveal a deep human aptitude for being responsible politically to rebel against established notions. This requires an abundant deal of vigilance & persistent determination to ensure change. That attitude has to remain credible if...
Where next for webseries
Strands: Industry Forum
The future of webseries is ever changing; Bigger channels and bigger brands are cottoning on to the audiences an online series has access to. Where does that leave the independent creators?
Hello Again
Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play Der Reigen and the classic 1950 Max Ophuls film LA Ronde, in the early '90s the Lincoln Center commissioned Broadway composer Michael John LaChiusa to create the musical Hello Again. This...
The Sleeping Field
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a field, we witness a dream - or is it a parallel reality?
A Magician
Strands: Narrative Shorts
After witnessing a man behave violently towards his girlfriend, someone decides to intervene.
Noise
Screening on 26th September includes Q & A with the director Yusaku Matsumoto. Eight years after the indiscriminate killing spree committed in Akihabara, two girls search for their role in life.
MA Showcase
The MA Showcase is a selection of short films that were made by students in the Raindance Postgraduate Degree as part of their curriculum. Every student gets to design their own learning pathway, and each film reflects the variety of interest and...
6
Q&A with Simon Hunter, Mark Stothert, Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie
Edie
Directed by Simon Hunter
UK
Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. Following her husband’s death, she decides to take herself off to the Highlands on a climbing trip that her father had planned for them many years before.
190mg
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Tom needs James's help with a weekend project. James accidentally ate 190 milligrams of THC.
6
Q&A with Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler
Maya Dardel
The story of the final weeks leading up to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally-respected poet and novelist. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life, and that young male writers may...
Speak Up
Every year, at the University of Saint-Denis, a competition is held to decide “The Best Orator in the 93”. Any student can participate and many prepare with the help of professional advisors. Armed with new-found knowledge, Leïla, Elhadj, Eddy and...
The Foolish Bird
A16 year-old high-school student is left behind by her parents and longing for love. She steals cellphones and sells them to men she doesn’t know. As she takes risks, she has her first sexual experience – a cruel one.
3
Q&A with Tabbert Fiiller, John (Rotten) Lydon
The Public Image is Rotten
The story of John (Rotten) Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL), formed in 1978 within months of the Sex Pistols demise the band continues to challenge and thrive today. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL...
Scaffolding
17-year-old Asher has always been the wild troublemaker at school. While his oppressive father sees him as a natural successor to his scaffolding business, Asher forges a special connection with Rami, his new literature teacher, and begins to...

Sunday 1st October

The Public Image is Rotten
The story of John (Rotten) Lydon’s Public Image Ltd (PiL), formed in 1978 within months of the Sex Pistols demise the band continues to challenge and thrive today. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL...
Shorts Programme: International 2
Riotously disruptive tales featuring raw portraits of unhinged characters. Extravagant cravings provoke impulsive ventures, obliterating any impression of prestige. These films are besieged with neon-saturated streets, hardcore punks, mercenary...
Shorts Programme: International 2
Riotously disruptive tales featuring raw portraits of unhinged characters. Extravagant cravings provoke impulsive ventures, obliterating any impression of prestige. These films are besieged with neon-saturated streets, hardcore punks, mercenary...
Get Away
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Having travelled far from home for an abortion, a working mother finds she needs a helping hand.
High & Outside: A Baseball Noir
In the streets of Los Angeles, a minor league baseball player recklessly claws to keep his dreams alive. Geoffrey Lewis, Phil Donlon, David Yow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Richter and Lindsey Haun star in this dark drama that explores the dangerous...
David Firth creator of Salad Fingers
Strands: Industry Forum
Salad Fingers, Burnt Face Man, Devvo are amongst the works of this prolific animator. He has garnered a cult following with his series and films; even being approached by Charlie Brooker to work on Screenwipe. We'll explore some of this works and...
Shorts Programme: Documentary
These short documentaries reveal fascinating portrayals of controversial artists, dialectic observers & intangible landscapes. Surviving these idiosyncratic extremities of existence in these abandoned landscapes may be essentially full of...
Shorts Programme: Documentary
These short documentaries reveal fascinating portrayals of controversial artists, dialectic observers & intangible landscapes. Surviving these idiosyncratic extremities of existence in these abandoned landscapes may be essentially full of...
The Traveller
A travel agent who has never travelled is sent on a business trip to Paris, only to find himself confronted by temptations that he cannot handle.
Soho Jimbo
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A wanderer plays two rivaling triad gangs against each other in their bitter war for Chinatown. An action-comedy surrounding the infamous hitman, Soho Jimbo.
Shorts Programme: LGBT
A collection of stories featuring drag queens, transgender youth & bourgeoning recognition. Crucially remaining genuine in telling of the lives and loves that run through LGBT communities, both authentic & audacious. These are courageous...
The Speechwriter
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A peek into the private existence of a smart, driven and successful speechwriter, isolated by maddening routine, obsession and a systemised life. Writing for the highest bidder, regardless of the job, The Speechwriter enters a world where client...
Djam
Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos. There she meets Avril, a French girl who has run out of money on her travels. Generous, sassy, unpredictable and free, Djam takes Avril away to the island of Mytilene — a...
190mg
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Tom needs James's help with a weekend project. James accidentally ate 190 milligrams of THC.
Maya Dardel
The story of the final weeks leading up to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally-respected poet and novelist. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life, and that young male writers may...
Shorts Programme: UK
This showcases engaging & emerging filmmakers from the UK, all political, personal & potent. Matters may seem out of control in turbulent times & these stories attempt to restore the balance. Featuring dark satires, understated issues...
7
Q&A with Michael Berry, Giancarlo Esposito
Stuck
A modern musical film about six complete strangers who get stuck underground on a New York City subway. They are of different races, cultures and ages. The emotions of the trapped strangers fly as they reveal who they really are through song.