Raindance founder, Elliot Grove, found himself at odds after crashing out of the London property market in the 1990 recession. After two years of thumb-twiddling, his neighbour, a part-time farmer, reminded him of his roots and said: "As long as you are feeling sorry for yourself, no doctor in the world can cure you." Thus, Raindance was born, with Elliot casting back to his long exprience as a sceneic artist and set designer on some 700+ projects, his inherent Canadian organisational ability, and good, old-fashioned PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).
The first Raindance event was a Dov S-S Simens class in early April, 1992 - on the weekend before the last general election that John Major won. A few months later, with friends of Raindance making movies, Elliot launched the festival in the heart of London, during the pre-MIFED week mid-October. With MIFED long gone, it's hard to remember that during the first 9 years of the festival over 1,000 international acqusision executives attended the festival each October. During that period, over 63% of the films screened at Raindance found an international distributor. MIFED died a death post 9/11, and the festival has developed from a trade and industry event into a bell-weather festival.
The British Independent Film Awards were created despite much industry scepticism in 1998. The first producer was Fred Hogge, who worked closely with Tessa Collinson, who is now one of the BIFA directors. Publicity for the first 8 years was the domain of Phil Symes, who amnaged to break down the press resistance to our awards show, and to launch it into the event it is today.
Raindance is run by a talented team currently 9 full time strong.passionately enthusiastic about independent filmmaking. Weekends and evenings are filled with private shorts, feature and documentary projects which each individual hopes will be good enough to make it into our own fes