Why You Should Care About Independent Film Festivals – Raindance

Did you know that Cannes is actually a fairly boring city? All eyes are on it during those ten days in May, after all that's exciting, isn't it? Ken Loach flies in to collect a prize for a surprise-late-career angry social drama. Woody Allen just stands there, still jet-lagged from the flight, looking bored at his own premiere with … Continue reading Why You Should Care About Independent Film Festivals – Raindance

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7 Films That Subverted Genre Codes (and Were All the Better for It) – Raindance

Genre can be a double-edged sword for any filmmaker. On the upside, knowing the genre of your story can help you figure out a character, fix a plot that doesn't hang together or just simply provide you with inspiration. On the downside, you can quickly get stuck in the codes and conventions of that genre, which … Continue reading 7 Films That Subverted Genre Codes (and Were All the Better for It) – Raindance

7 Feminist Films to Keep the Women’s March Going – Raindance

People voted, then people rallied, and people voted, and people expressed their anger and their wish to live dignified lives, no matter what those in power are expressing and enforcing. While there is a great and necessary history of protests to maintain in the troubled and troubling times that we are going through, this momentum … Continue reading 7 Feminist Films to Keep the Women’s March Going – Raindance

10 Filmmakers You Must Follow On Social Media – Raindance

There's no getting around it: independent filmmakers who want to make it in the 21st century need to have a fabulous social media presence. The trick is that you can't make it all about your project. Shoving your projects down people's throats -while tempting, for the impatient among us- won't be effective. Why's that? Because … Continue reading 10 Filmmakers You Must Follow On Social Media – Raindance

Why You Should Care About the Genre of Your Story – Raindance

"It's a romantic comedy about this woman and this man..." "It's a thriller about a lobbyist who..." "It's a zombie coming-of-age story..." All loglines should have several things: a conflict, a main character and a genre. Most screenwriting books will tell you the importance of creating a three-dimensional character and of having a central conflict … Continue reading Why You Should Care About the Genre of Your Story – Raindance

The Filmmaking Trends You Need to Know in 2017 – Raindance

2016 has been a bumpy year. (It's no surprise, I still like euphemisms as much as I did same time last year.) 2017 seems equally daunting, news-wise. But filmmaking-wise? Meh. 2016 hasn't been bad, really. We've had some amazing events at Raindance, all the way to the BIFAs a few weeks away. And there's plenty more … Continue reading The Filmmaking Trends You Need to Know in 2017 – Raindance