Raindance 2015 Debrief

Raindance

We’re a bit late with this blog post… Got so caught up in making films and that we forgot to actually get it on the website. Better late than never, eh?

So that’s Raindance for another year. For those of you who don’t know, Raindance is a giant, international showcase that celebrates and supports new and independent filmmakers. This year’s festival saw screened 100 feature films, over 150 shorts, and a plethora of excellent documentaries as well as the hosting of dozens of events, talks and panel discussions right in the heart of London. Yes, it’s exhausting.

There is a great buzz around the intimate Vue Piccadilly which is a hub of activity. I really felt the passion, enthusiasm and excitement of the filmmakers showing their work at the festival and I very much hope to join their ranks next year with Ferried.

I really enjoyed Oliver Nias’ debut feature The Return, an intelligently designed and extremely well executed psychological thriller, which was nominated for Best UK Feature (skipping straight past Best Debut). I also thought Ido Mizrahy’s documentary Gored was fantastic – and so did the Jury, who gave it Best Documentary. Whatever your views on bull-fighting, you cannot help but be drawn-in by the viscerality of the sport and the star Antonio Barrera’s lust for it. (He happens also to be the most gored fighter in modern history, which makes for excellent viewing.)

There were also some amazing shorts in the program, too many to mention them all. A Hole in My Heart by Mees Peijnenburg starring the fantastic Henri Leblanc really stood out as a cinematic and sensitive dissection of grief. Leblanc has something of a young Vincent Cassell about him, and the closing shots of muted movement were particularly affecting – I loved every minute. Also very strong was Amelie Wen’s Home which looks at the last days of an old migrant worker before he heads home for the last time. Wen uses the unfinished constructions and Chinese landscape to sculpt wonderful shots that compliment the touching story.

As editor of this de-brief, Drew would like to add that he thought that And It Was Good by Graham Waterston was very good…

All that’s left to do is say thanks and congratulations to everyone involved. You did a great job.

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