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UK sponsorship news update ... 8.1.2002                     << Home page


The Raindance Film Festival, which boasts a position as one of Europe’s most exciting events for independent filmmaking, is inviting sponsors to join them in the celebration of its Tenth Anniversary.

With feature films, short films, special events, seminars, workshops and parties, this vibrant festival brings together film fans, filmmakers, celebrities and international film executives with a common passion for the very best in independent cinema. The 10th Raindance Film Festival will be held in London between October 23rd and November 1st, 2002.

John Tobin, Festival Producer says: "We're seeking partnerships with sponsors who wish to associate their brand with a bold, dynamic event. Most probably they’ll be opinion formers, independent in thinking, who understand the emergence and presentation of talent. Sponsors will be able to make a real impact on the continued development of the festival in this landmark year and reinforce Raindance’s position as the UK’s leading festival for independent films."

The annual event is expected to eclipse the successful 9th Raindance Film Festival held in London during October 2001. Highlights then included:

Over 70 Features and 200 Shorts. A celebration of independent movies spread over ten days, three cinemas and a universe of filmmaking talent. The festival showcased a diverse range of films from 22 countries including the hip Ghost World, the award winning No Man’s Land, the challenging A Ma Soeur and the uncompromising Japanese Love Cinema series, plus the world exclusive premiere of Bjork’s new videos.

Mike Figgis Digital Cinema. At this interactive weekend masterclass, the Oscar nominated director and pioneer of digital cinema demonstrated his innovative filmmaking techniques and created a daring 10-minute film on love, intimacy and jealousy, shot and scored real-time in front of the live audience.

Raindance East. Launched in 2001 and held in London’s East End, Raindance East focussed on Asian and British Asian filmmaking including the premiere of local director Shakila Taranum Maan’s A Quiet Desperation and a special UK preview of the new Bollywood hit Asoka. State of Independents. Informative and entertaining panels and seminars addressed the ebb and flow of the independent film industry including award winning director Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth) in conversation with Derek Malcolm, and the peerless Michael Nyman (The Piano) sharing his secrets on composing film scores.

Raindance Kids. Great kids films from around the world and more than 100 children between the ages of 7 and 16 creating documentaries, animations and dramas in fun-packed workshops led by industry professionals, culminating with a sold-out cinema screening of the children’s work.

Jury Prizes. Inaugural festival awards adjudicated by high profile jurors including the actress Saffron Burrows (Enigma, Timecode) the writer Ayub Khan Din (East is East) and producer Allan Niblo (Human Traffic, South West Nine).

The 9th Festival enjoyed widespread media coverage, say the festival organisers, with features and interviews (including ITV2, BBC1 Breakfast News, News 24, BBC World, Liquid News, Film 2001, BBC London Radio and Radio 4), broadcasts from festival events on the BBC World Service and Radio 1 and articles in press and online (including The Independent, Time Out, Total Film, Metro and BBC Online). This was supported by the extensive marketing campaign that included a specially produced festival trailer shown on all London screens operated by Pearl & Dean and broadcast on the FilmFour channel.

Contact: John Tobin. Tel.: 020 7287 3833.

Other contact details in our Arts: Film section.



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