The 23rd Raindance Film Festival opened last Wednesday with a gala screening of Kai Barry’s Newcomer. That means Raindance is happening right now, and you’re missing it!

As ever, the festival celebrates independent movie-making at the cutting edge and seeks to identify some of the world’s most innovative and provocative film talent. The festival’s official selection of films in competition includes five world, seventeen UK and two European premieres. Potential highlights include J.P. Davidson’s bleak thriller God’s Acre, Ido Mizrahy’s Gored – a look at the world’s most gored matador- and Shelter, Paul Betanny’s directorial debut.

Supporting film strands include the best of British and American independent films, movies from the Balkans and the Far East and the Raindance Symphony Orchestra, the festival’s signature strand taking in sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

The festival jury, headed by the likes of Martin Freeman, Jenna Coleman and Sheridan Smith will crown the festivals winners across eleven categories on 02 October at the May Fair Hotel.

The festival runs until 04 October at various locations across central London. For more information visit

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Echoes of War (2015)
Mile End (2015)

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