RDFF-2016

Tuesday 27th September

Ice Guardians
Exploring one of the most controversial and provocative positions in the history of sport, ‘Ice Guardians’ journeys into the lives of those who perform what is undoubtedly the toughest job within the National Hockey League today, the enforcer.
The Pearl
Four transgender women come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, this cinematic and observational story is not about becoming a woman, but rather explores what it means...
Learning to Breathe
Noah and Katrina return to the island paradise of Tobago, where they fell in love three years ago. However, when Noah's marriage proposal is rejected, paradise quickly becomes a heartbreaking prison for them both.
Teeth
Directed by Tom Webb
UK
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A woman recounts a vivid dream and discovers that she has lost her teeth.
Nila
A tale of unrequited love and unexplored desires. A young man meets his childhood love one rainy night in the city of dreams. When they both realise that the desire for more could ruin what is special between them, do they listen to their head or...
All These Sleepless Nights
A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam the streets. Never content with answers, they test what it might mean to be truly awake in a...
Free Speech Fear Free
Can we really be fully human without Free Speech? Is free speech the oxygen of our society? These are the questions posed in this documentary, with the thoughts of individuals from various industries, including Julian Assange, Jude Law, and...
A Brilliant Genocide
A political expose and human rights documentary that details the untold story of suffering and an unrecognized genocide against the Acholi people of northern Uganda by the current Government, which the world believes was the doing of warlord...
Gozo
Lucille and her sound designer boyfriend, Joe, immigrate to an idyllic Mediterranean island to escape the horrors of a personal tragedy. Joe soon begins to hear strange noises in his sound recordings, and as the allure of their newfound paradise...
Guilt
Thomas is looking for his sister, a victim of human trafficking. He infiltrates the crime organization to find her, but ends up having to deal with his sister’s likenesses in the most brutal manner. With his morality slipping and his obsession...
Life Is a Trumpet
A comedy drama following a loose jazz musician as the groom, a butcher as his father and two families of different backgrounds whose members are not as different as one might expect.
Daddy Don't Go
Captured over two years, this feature length documentary follows four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they struggle to beat the odds and defy the deadbeat dad stereotype.
Trezoros, The Lost Jews of Kastoria
This documentary is set in the idyllic city of Kastoria, Greece where Sephardic Jews and Christians lived in harmony for centuries. In WW2 this would all change after the Nazis took control of the town, dooming the community that had existed since...
Worm
Directed by Keir Burrows
UK
A sci-fi noir take on Alice in Wonderland. Ana, an Oxford PhD student, is unable to build new memories following an experiment to travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to...
In Conversation with Ken Loach
Strands: Event
We're thrilled that legendary and multi-award winning British filmmaker, Ken Loach will receive the Festival's first-ever Raindance Auteur Award. Best known globally for his films that highlight various British socio-economic issues, Ken Loach...
My Heart Leaps Up
Beijing, 1997. 17-year-old high school student Liu WeiWei develops feelings for her art teacher, who unbeknownst to her, is planning on leaving. When one student’s careless action shatters Liu WeiWei's fantasy, she desperately seeks to save the...
The Park
Summer time. Two teenagers have their first date in a park. Hesitant and shy at first, they soon discover each other, get closer as they wander, and end up falling in love. But as the sun goes down, it is time to part… And a dark night begins.
Horizon
Strands: Features LGBT
Queer as Folk' meets Sydney’s Oxford Street in an explosion of colour and drama, exploring the LGBT+ scene in Sydney. In life, love and sex, what we crave is often at odds with who we are.
Jules and Dolores
Rio de Janeiro, 1983. In an attempt to pay off his gambling debt and pacify his flamboyant girlfriend Dolores, fun-loving Peralta and his happy-go-lucky buddy Borracha decide to steal a golden replica of the legendary Jules Rimet soccer World Cup...
Point and Shoot
Strands: Narrative Shorts
When an attempted burglary turns into an unlikely car-jacking, two aspiring criminals learn an important lesson: only practice makes perfect.
Jonathan
Jonathan’s responsibilities belie his age, for at 23, his days begin and end with caring for his ailing father, Burghardt, and running the family farm. When Burghardt’s condition deteriorates, Anka, a nurse arrives, with whom Jonathan falls in...
Lot Lizard
This feature documentary deals with the subject of truck stop sex workers in the United States. Through a series of intimate portraits, it tells a broader story about America, how it deals with its “derelicts,” and how all Americans are implicated...

Wednesday 28th September

Me and the Alien
Lauro, Rita and Agus have a punk band that isn’t very successful, so in order to renew their sound, they accept a talented keybord player, known as "The Alien", who has down's syndrome. Thanks to The Alien's touch, Mr. Gramophone, their manager,...
My Millennial Life
Five twenty-somethings attempt to launch their lives, but somewhere along the way, the reality of the times, not least that half of their age group unemployed or underemployed, sinks in. With humour and compassion, this film puts a human face to...
The Gatehouse (Private Screening)
Eternity, aged 10, lives in a haunted gatehouse at the edge of an ancient forest. She likes to dig for buried treasure in the woods, but one day she digs up something she shouldn't - and the forest want it back!
Sick of It All
This black-and-white dark comedy, inspired by the Film Noir genre, is strangely based of the famously loved French children's book 'The Little Prince', written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A tale of lost youth and the trials of adult life.
Our Sea
Cobbler Emilio likes to observe the prima ballerina dancing, but he never speaks to her as he's too shy. At home, he looks after his old mother and spends time with his neighbour, singer Omara Portuondo. Together, they observe the rough sea and...
The Tip of the Iceberg
A large, multinational company is badly shaken when three of its employees commit suicide. Sofía Cuevas, one of the company’s top executives, is chosen to prepare an in-house report to try and shed some light on the events. Her meetings with the...
The Habit of Beauty
A film centered around the themes of love and loss, telling the story of Elena and Ernesto, a couple torn apart by the tragic death of their young son, who reconnect some years later. Photographer Ernesto discovers some news which compels him to...
Fractured Land
A coming-of-age story about a young Aboriginal lawyer working to expose the Canadian gas industry. He may become one of this generation’s leaders if he can discover how to reconcile fractures within himself, his community and the world around him.
The Power
Anthropologist Magda is kidnapped by Satanists and awakes in a cell. A young girl, Jess comes each day. She befriends the girl in the hope that she can help her escape. When this fails she tries to convince the leader of the Cult that she has been...
Innocent15
A story of love between two teenagers, Narumi and Gin. Narumi is being abused by her mother, and Gin accidentally knows his father is a gay. When they become attracted to one another, they decide to run away from everything…
All the Best
Pastry shop worker Verica, opera singer Brankica, and Martin are the protagonists in this tale of loneliness and the search for love. Their lives interlink with a series of eccentric characters as an accidental series of events entwines their...
Ministry of Love
When the government introduces a money-saving scheme targeting unmarried military widows on pensions, an out of work biologist is persuaded to take a job helping to enforce the new policy. He’s completely the wrong man for the job but he might...
Another Time
Ghadir, a chemical plant worker, protesting against being unpaid for over a year, is arrested during a demonstration and imprisoned without trial. He’s released one year later with no explanation given. On arriving home he finds his daughter,...
Palace of Fun
A fragile young artist meets an attractive young man and invites him to stay while her parents vacation in Italy. However, when her jealous younger brother finds out the young man is not who he claims to be, he decides to play a sinister game.
Dusky Paradise
Jacob is a young man, whose apathetic attitude prevents him from truly experiencing life. Following the death of his parents, he travels to a foreign country to live in their house and look after their turtle. A comedy drama about the struggling...
Incarnation
A man wakes up in a square of an unknown city again and again, after each failed attempt to escape four masked assassins. Through the never ending chase, he tries to recover his identity, and find out who set him up.
The Gospel of Ross McKim
Moving visions of dance illuminate the life of Dr Ross McKim, Artistic Director of the legendary Rambert School. Whilst Lady Sainsbury testifies to his "mysteriousness", Broadway choreographer Warren Adams defines him as "eclectic" and Bob Cohan...
Guru, A Hijra family
Documenting a family of hijras in a small village in the state of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, this film offers intimate vignettes from the lives of these noble outcasts. A poetic depiction of how living as the third gender authentically requires a...
AmStarDam
An Amsterdam adventure with a fairytale twist. Jack arrives to Amsterdam to find his father and, through a momentary magical encounter, finds the secret weapon that could turn around his father’s ailing marijuana coffee shop.
Julius Caesar
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a dystopian near-future, Brutus and his conspirators plot Caesar’s demise in this, the third film in the British Council’s series for Shakespeare Lives 2016.
Train Driver's Diary
During his professional career, every train driver inadvertently kills 20 to 30 people. Their victims are usually either suicides or careless, drunken, or simply absent-minded people. This is a tragic comedy about innocent murderers and their lives.
Five Days on Lesvos
One million refugees fled to Europe by sea in 2015. Half came through the Greek Island of Lesvos. Shot over just five days, this film captures the experiences of people on the frontline during a pivotal period that embodies the entire crisis and...
Lost Girls
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A former victim who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking is given an unexpected gift from a 15 year old she kidnaps. It taps into her lost faith and memory of her former self, giving her the courage to confront her inner demons and...

Thursday 29th September

Prank!
Stefie, a lonely young boy, is approached by Martin, Jean-Sé and Lea to record their daily pranks with his cellphone. The four prankmeisters hatch a plan that goes beyond anything they've done before, but who will be the victim? A funny and cruel...
Five Days on Lesvos
One million refugees fled to Europe by sea in 2015. Half came through the Greek Island of Lesvos. Shot over just five days, this film captures the experiences of people on the frontline during a pivotal period that embodies the entire crisis and...
Lost Girls
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A former victim who is forced to lure young girls into sex trafficking is given an unexpected gift from a 15 year old she kidnaps. It taps into her lost faith and memory of her former self, giving her the courage to confront her inner demons and...
A Double Life
Tama is assigned to follow and report on the daily routine of a stranger only to discover that he leads a double life. Based on Mariko Koike's novel of the same name and inspired by the works of the French artist Sophie Calle, who followed...
You Are Awake
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Taking inspiration from the real life phenomenon, this film addresses the relationship between the fear of the unknown and the human condition under the backdrop of a group of villagers in Kalachi who have started to faint and fall asleep,...
Šiška Deluxe
Three childhood friends in their thirties decide to open a pizzeria together in this bittersweet comedy telling the story of ordinary guys trying to find their way and make the best of their lives, just like everyone else.
Half
When Azar finds herself forced to temporarily stay with her mother and stepfather, his abusive behaviour takes a turn for the worse leading to her mother's murder. In her attempts to get justice for her mother, Azar comes to realise that the law...
Demimonde
The story of three women – a famous prostitute, her housekeeper and their new maid – living in Budapest of the 1910s, whose passionate, bizarre and complex relationship can only lead to one thing: murder.
Growing Up Coy
A young Colorado family engage in a highly publicised legal battle and landmark civil rights case, as they fight for their 6-year-old transgender daughter Coy Mathis’s right to use the girls’ bathroom at school. The film asks the universal...
Between Us
Thirty-somethings Henry and Dianne fear that settling down and getting married means giving up on their dreams, but it will take the universe conspiring to keep them apart for them to realise just how much they really need each other.
The Apology
Strands: Narrative Shorts
At a roadside diner, late one night two men meet to settle an old score. One of them appears to have the upper hand but things are not always as they seem.
Blur
A tale of vanishing intimacy set in the heart of the unspoiled American desert. Married couple Harper and Paul spend some desperately needed one-on-one time on their cross-country road trip, but there's a third wheel in the form of modern...
Noma: Forgiving Apartheid
This documentary follows acclaimed theatre actor Noma Dumezweni’s experiences as she takes on the stage role of psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, who famously interviewed convicted apartheid-time murderer Eugene De Kock. The role leads her to...
The Golden Five
Maki, Kata and Jiji are loyal friends who believe in their youthful ideals. However, when Maki and Kata announce their engagement, Jiji becomes jealous. In the period of communist liquidations, there is an unsolved murder of five students,...
Gnothi Seauton - To Know Thyself
A once in a lifetime story for Croatian sport, this film follows the family who won 10 Olympic skiing medals. Spanning decades, the astonishing success of the Kostelić family is not only a tale of skiing in a country where there is virtually no...
Live Ammunition!
Strands: Event
This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film industry executives and the toughest critics of all, a Live Audience. These are the people who matter. They decide what will be made. They are the people who will see...
Orion
Civilisation has collapsed and prophecies of a saviour's upcoming arrival are emerging. A maiden held captive by a cannibal shaman is found by an illerate hunter who she promises to lead to a city containing the world's last survivors. Aided by an...
Bodkin Ras: No Way Back
A mysterious stranger arrives in a remote Scottish town looking to escape his criminal past and start a new life, in this docu-fiction hybrid, in which all the characters except for Bodkin are real people playing versions of themselves. Narrated...
A Comedy of Tears
Long distanced from his family and surrounded with the solitude of fragmented memories, Albert, a wheelchair-bound elderly man who lives alone, has little contact with reality besides his housekeeper Ida, and from staring out of his window.
Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride!
The stranger than fiction story of how a 67-year-old Jewish owner of a South Florida auto-wrecking company hides from the law as a woman setting off a bizarre journey of self-discovery. Featuring risky surgeries, sex work, family dysfunction,...
Long Forgotten Fields
A dark, young-adult love story set in the Shropshire countryside. Lily’s simple life of work and family faces upheaval when her soldier boyfriend, Sam, comes home on leave. Her naïve expectations of refreshing their relationship are dashed as they...
Nascent
A bloody civil war in Central African Republic has divided a once peaceful nation along religious lines. Two children, one Christian and one Muslim, seek answers in each other.
The Shepherd
Shepherd Anselmo lives a poor but happy life in a rundown house with only his dog Pillo and sheep for company. But when he refuses to sell his home and land to a construction company, his way of life is threatened, in this bloody metaphor for...
A Plastic Ocean
Journalist Craig Leeson teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers as they travel around the world to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution,...

Friday 30th September

Lot Lizard
This feature documentary deals with the subject of truck stop sex workers in the United States. Through a series of intimate portraits, it tells a broader story about America, how it deals with its “derelicts,” and how all Americans are implicated...
Horizon
Strands: Features LGBT
Queer as Folk' meets Sydney’s Oxford Street in an explosion of colour and drama, exploring the LGBT+ scene in Sydney. In life, love and sex, what we crave is often at odds with who we are.
Web Fest: The World of Today
The exciting, but often challenging times we currently live in can be seen from many different perspectives and angles. No matter if you are blind, poor, a thinker, a visionary, a fighter, an entrepreneur, a cook, a product, or simply you. Take a...
African Kangaroo
Strands: Narrative Shorts
The rebel army of Joseph Kony (LRA) kidnaps and brainwashes thousands of children to become child soldiers. Placed in the driver's seat of a 4x4, the viewer encounters a child with his hands tied. The natural reflex of the occupants is to help,...
Hotel Dallas
In 1980s Romania, TV Show 'Dallas' becomes a huge hit and inspires a young woman to immigrate to America. Taking a nostalgic, but critical look at the impact of 'Dallas' in Romania, this playful mix of fiction and documentary is a surreal parable...
Shooting Stars
During the Second World War, the national liberation movement is falling apart. Young poet Ljiljan Vidić joins partisans and must write a song so that their band can win the national talent show, get the chance to perform at the party where they...
Money
A crime thriller involving two wealthy businessmen who are about to get away with $5 million in ill-gotten money until their plans are revealed by an uninvited house guest. Taking its tagline from Charles Bukowski, "There are only two things wrong...
Off the Rails
The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transportation has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes.
Web Fest Panel: Web Series Actors
Strands: Forum
Web series are an exciting prospect for actors, offering a fresh opportunity for rewarding roles. Without the familiar pressure to make a large amount of money to reimburse the large budget, these are projects that are able to get made and have...
Girl on the Escalator
Strands: Narrative Shorts
A dirty old man faces the dilemma of aging and desire when he encounters an attractive young girl as they go up the escalator of a shopping mall. An interpretation of Charles Bukowski's poem of the same name.
Hortensia
It‘s December when Hortensia‘s father dies of electrocution from opening the fridge. To make matters worse, she is fired from work and discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend. But finding a letter she wrote when she...
Julius Caesar
Strands: Narrative Shorts
In a dystopian near-future, Brutus and his conspirators plot Caesar’s demise in this, the third film in the British Council’s series for Shakespeare Lives 2016.
Train Driver's Diary
During his professional career, every train driver inadvertently kills 20 to 30 people. Their victims are usually either suicides or careless, drunken, or simply absent-minded people. This is a tragic comedy about innocent murderers and their lives.
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MA Showcase
Strands: Event
The MA showcase is the screening of a selection of short films made by the students in the Raindance Postgraduate Degree. These storytellers from all over the world (UK, Malaysia, Cyprus…) are exploring a range of themes (love, loss, awkward...
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MA Showcase
The MA showcase is the screening of a selection of short films made by the students in the Raindance Postgraduate Degree. These storytellers from all over the world (UK, Malaysia, Cyprus…) are exploring a range of themes (love, loss, awkward...
Guilt
Thomas is looking for his sister, a victim of human trafficking. He infiltrates the crime organization to find her, but ends up having to deal with his sister’s likenesses in the most brutal manner. With his morality slipping and his obsession...
Web Fest: Industry 5.0
A programme of a two halves. First, you will live through the excitement that is the film industry. Get an inside look at how easy it is to be part of a film crew, struggle with being an actor or being an agent for them. While the second half...
A Done Deal
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Remy, a hitman for a small-time Montreal mobster, has to kill Fernand, an old associate who talks too much. The plan is simple: invite him for coffee, offer him a ride and shoot him in the alley. Easy! A done deal...
After Adderall
In 2010, James Franco optioned the rights to Stephen Elliott’s memoir, ‘The Adderall Diaries’. In 2015, the film, directed by Pamela Romanowsky and starring James Franco and Ed Harris premiered at the TriBeca Film Festival. This is a film about...
The Farm
The lives of a midwife, a young boxer, a mute child and a young couple collide unexpectedly in a story about the desperate pursuit of happiness on the streets of Puerto Rico during the economic collapse.
Late Shift – Your Decisions Are You
Matt, a smart student, has to prove his innocence after being forced into the robbery of a famous London auction house. How will the audience decide to act when everything is turning against him? The audience takes decisions for the interactive...
Web Fest: Love and Death
It’s part of all our lives. We love. We die. We won’t let go. We move on. We never surrender. We never give up. Sometimes we leave everything behind, until that day, when we return to places and people, changed, but full of memories of long past...
The Pearl
Four transgender women come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, this cinematic and observational story is not about becoming a woman, but rather explores what it means...
Don't Knock Twice
A supernatural horror in which a mother is desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter, but on the way ends up inadvertently becoming embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch.
A Brilliant Genocide
A political expose and human rights documentary that details the untold story of suffering and an unrecognized genocide against the Acholi people of northern Uganda by the current Government, which the world believes was the doing of warlord...

Saturday 1st October

VR Arcade
"This two day public event will showcase talent in documentaries, animation and cutting edge experiences, across both Samsung Gear and Oculus. In the 1 hour session you will have the opportunity to choose the films that most excite you. Talks from...
Zen Dog
Trapped by his daily routine, a man experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the United States in a psychedelic Volkswagen with the guiding words of late philosopher Alan Watts.
VR Beyond Gaming
Strands: Forum
If you thought VR was just for gamers, think again. This talk brings artists and professionals from TV, fashion and theatre together to discuss how VR is transforming other sectors, and the impact those sectors have on VR. This panel brings the...
VR & Doc
Strands: Forum
The Raindance VR Arcade is showcasing 3 of the strongest VR Docs made, to date. Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel comes from the BBC, 6x9 A Virtual Experience of Solitary Confinement comes from the Guardian and RecoVR: Mosul comes from the Team...
The Juilliard Experiment
This intimate film charts the French painter Fabienne Verdier's adventurous journey of self-liberation. To explore the relationship between painting and music, she left the comfort zone of her studio to embark on a residency at the prestigious...
The Florence Foster Jenkins Story
Florence Foster Jenkins is known as “the worst singer of all time”, yet she is a cult figure whose recordings still outsell many contemporary singers. Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato, making her cinematic debut interprets the flamboyant “queen of...
Web Fest: The Age of Absurdity
Since the internet gave us the means and the industry gave us the proper affordable equipment, we strive to get our wit and vision out there for everyone to see, whether they want it or not. Quite often we fail (do we care?), but as it always was,...
VR & Empathy
Strands: Forum
Who would have thought the future of empathy would be found in the heart of escapism? As Virtual Reality begins to gain mainstream appeal with the likes of Broadway, Bjork and Sky investing in VR projects, this panel explores the work of leading...
International Shorts Programme 3
This programme of international shorts showcases six tales exploring various manifestations of isolation, wandering and communication. With protagonists that are daring but often conflicted, these films play with notions of defiance, habit and...
International Shorts Programme 1
These are tales of reckless adrenaline, fronting bizarre situations with unsettling denunciations of consolidated power. There is something irreversible and out of control about each of these stories, depicting the perpetual charade of deliriously...
Chronically Metropolitan
Returning to New York after a year in exile, Fenton is determined to win back his ex, having previously published a thinly veiled article about her family. However, he discovers that she’s engaged to someone else. Christopher, meanwhile finds his...
My Millennial Life
Five twenty-somethings attempt to launch their lives, but somewhere along the way, the reality of the times, not least that half of their age group unemployed or underemployed, sinks in. With humour and compassion, this film puts a human face to...
Web Fest Panel: Successful Crowdfunding
Strands: Forum
The battle to crowdfund has become increasingly competitive. So, how do you stand out among thousands of projects with the same target as yours? Be ready, prepare your strategy, take notes and make the best out of this tool.
The Gatehouse (Private Screening)
Eternity, aged 10, lives in a haunted gatehouse at the edge of an ancient forest. She likes to dig for buried treasure in the woods, but one day she digs up something she shouldn't - and the forest want it back!
International Shorts Programme 2
The international short films in this programme display spectacular settings, often featuring scarce landscapes, which serve to both isolate and inspire their protagonists. These are stories concerning loyalties and friendships with gripping...
Occupy, Texas
Beau, a washed-up Occupier, returns home after the death of his parents and finds himself in charge of his two teenage sisters and their estate. This catapults Beau on a journey to re-identify with his family, his past, Texas, and himself.
Death By A Thousand Cuts
The murder of a Dominican Park Ranger by machete becomes a metaphor for increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as at the time, he was believed to have been on patrol investigating an illegal charcoal production site often run...
Web Fest: The Otherworlds
Science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and this blurry thing called life again. We need a way out way too often, unless, of course you already live in a dream world. For some a horrible dream world is reality, and they do what they can to make it...
Down South
Strands: Narrative Shorts
Inspired by both his experiences and those of his grandmother Nettie Barfield, poet and activist MarShawn McCarrel takes us on an unapologetic spoken-word journey about the legacy of slavery in the USA, in this film version of his poem of the same...
The Violin Player
A day in the life of a failed Bollywood session violinist whose life revolves around remarkable nothingness. Life, that day, throws a carrot at him and he ends up finding expression in an unlikely place, revealing startling truths about music,...
Zg80
At the end of the 1980s, football fans from Zagreb, known as the 'Bad Blue Boys' go to a football match in Belgrade, the home of their most fierce rivals, ‘Delije’. What starts as road trip becomes an adventure on the streets of Belgrade.
Cuckold
Academic Smanga (writer and director Charlie Vundla), goes into a self-destructive tailspin after his wife Laura (Terry Pheto, Tsotsi) leaves him for another man. When he runs into his old schoolmate Jon (Louis Roux) and Laura re-appears, the...
Thirsty
Strands: Features LGBT
Bullied as a child for not conforming to gender expectations, Scott Townsend grows up to become drag queen sensation, Thirsty Burlington known for her spot on impersonation of Cher. But is it enough? A true-life, musical adventure as dramatic as...
Web Fest: Thrilling Life Predicaments
If you are a fan of thrills, this might be for you. Absurd, experimental, strange, or situated way to close to home. Almost everyone will find their niche represented here. Can you relate to any of these stories? Please don’t say yes.
Servants' Quarters
A high-flying big city lawyer moves into a British countryside estate. Due to her bipolar disorder, she has recently been put on leave from her job following a manic episode. As she sets up her dream home, she finds a sealed off door down to the...
Power to Change - The Energy Rebellion
A film about a great vision and the people turning it into reality: the rebels of our day. The future of the world’s energy lies in decentralised, clean supplies stemming 100% from renewable sources. That is the message that this feature...

Sunday 2nd October

VR Arcade
"This two day public event will showcase talent in documentaries, animation and cutting edge experiences, across both Samsung Gear and Oculus. In the 1 hour session you will have the opportunity to choose the films that most excite you. Talks from...
Web Fest Panel: Leveling Up: Getting Your Indie Series Commissioned
Strands: Forum
The commissioning process can dampen anyone’s dreams of success with a series. Our expert will reveal insights into this challenging process. Here you will learn how to become a true independent producer and share your talent with the world.
VR & Imagination
Strands: Forum
The new frontier, VR/360° filmmaking pushes the boundaries between creator, content, and audience like never before. From global events to CGI animation to playing a computer game that might change your life, we meet artists and VR makers who...
Beijing New York
A complex love story that bridges time, distance and culture, intertwining the lives of two Chinese childhood friends and an American artist, and set against the backdrop of an economic power shift between China and America. As the film's complex...
Sisifo Confuso. The Life and Works of Francisco Leiro
This documentary film about the work and days of Francisco Leiro is not intended to be a biography or an exhaustive presentation of his work, but rather to simply explore the current physical and mental conditions behind his creative process.
Web Fest: Adulting
One day, you might wake up to a revelation: I want to help others. How did I break my leg? I need spiritual guidance. This is not what I signed up for. When did I take this turn? The best before date is when? No matter what it is, you can deal...
Animation Shorts Programme
These animations are created to escape the narrative impulse of cinema using the principles of randomness and analogue generative cinema. These are intimate and human films, many inspired by true events and based on the individual director’s...
Documentary Shorts Programme
These short documentaries capture the virtuous emotion of a series of renegade artists. These innovative practitioners of the imagination are attentive to techniques that are emblematic of the uncertainty of contemporary times. Vanguards obscured...
Shooting Stars
During the Second World War, the national liberation movement is falling apart. Young poet Ljiljan Vidić joins partisans and must write a song so that their band can win the national talent show, get the chance to perform at the party where they...
PlayMe Burlesque
PlayMe Burlesque is an intimate portrait of some of New York’s most colorful burlesque players. The film lifts the proverbial veil on the sizzling art form taking us on a deeply personal journey that is otherwise concealed by the extravagant...
UK Shorts Programme
The short films in the UK Programme display a vigorous interest in the peculiar situations that reveal contradictions of character. These intelligent scripts are facilitated by talented acting casts with a wealth of experience both in film and on...
European Shorts Programme
These European short films capture the moments when diversity of human interaction meet with originality and insight. Instincts and schisms in culture appear to be excruciating to realise, and yet, as these films exemplify, intelligent...
Closing Night
Raindance is pleased to announce that our Closing Night Gala screening will be of News From Planet Mars. It will take place on the 2nd of October at Vue Picadilly. Director Dominik Moll will be in attendance for a Q&A after the...