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Raindance Film Festival launches the 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge

  • 11 Jun 2014

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Raindance Film Festival launches the 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge

Raindance gives budding filmmakers across the UK the chance to showcase their work at this years Film Festival at Vue Picadilly.

For the first time in 22 years Raindance Film Festival is going on tour and, alongside showcasing the best in independent film at Vue cinemas across the country, there will be a series of events to support local filmmakers including Raindance’s very own 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge. 

The challenge offers filmmakers throughout the UK the opportunity to put their skills to the test by following a brief and creating a short film in just two days. At each of the Raindance Film Festival Tour locations, judges will choose a shortlist of the films submitted, which will be showcased as part of the programme. One film from each Vue site will then win a coveted space in the short film category at the 22nd annual Raindance Film Festival at Vue Piccadilly in London this September. Previous winners of this category have progressed to Oscar nominations, so this really is the chance of the lifetime. 

The highly sought-after prize includes two passes to this year’s Festival, and the overall tour winner will also receive £500 in Pond5 stock vouchers, giving them access to royalty free stock footage, music and sound effects. 

From amateur producers, to groups of friends looking for something new to do at the weekend, the competition is free to enter and open to everyone. Filmmakers just need to register their interest to find out more by sending an email to with ’48 Hour’ as the subject line. Registered filmmaking teams will be briefed by email at the start of each challenge with a checklist of things to include such as a local landmark and a certain line of dialogue. 

Elliot Grove, Raindance Founder said: “Raindance as an organisation not only supports independent film, but filmmakers across the UK too. The 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge is a great chance for young talent to showcase their skills. I look forward to seeing what fresh talent there is around the country... and who knows we might just discover the next Gareth Edwards."

Joanne Webb, Sales and Marketing Director at Vue Entertainment said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Raindance for this year’s Film Festival and look forward to hosting the main event at Vue Piccadilly. Not only will we be able to showcase the work of budding filmmakers from across the UK, but this also demonstrates our continued support for this brilliant event.”

The Raindance Film Festival Tour is taking a selection of standout independent films on a special tour of Vue Cinemas across the country in a bid to share inspiring content outside of the Capital. Raindance will take the best of the previous year’s Film Festival to Vue cinemas in six cities starting from Monday, 9th June 2014 in Edinburgh. 

Tickets for the Raindance Film Festival Tour are available at or

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