London's Raindance Fest Ready for 11th Year
by Ali Gitlow
The Raindance Film Festival will return to London for its 11th run October 24 - November 7th. This year's festival boasts a lineup representing over 40 countries with 105 feature films and 200 shorts. The opening night film is Andrew Jareki's "Capturing the Friedmans," which garnered a grand jury prize at Sundance this year. The closing night film is Scottish writer/director Richard Jobson's debut "16 Years of Alcohol," which tells the story of an Edinburgh teen struggling with alcoholism and violence.
Aside from screenings, Raindance will host multiple film-related programs. At "Live! Ammunition!" aspiring screenwriters are able to pitch their scripts to film execs. The Raindance Kids Festival offers screenings of films made by and for children, as well as workshops. 15-second films which are winners of the Nokia Shorts Competition will also be screened. Winners were chosen by industry insiders.
On November 4th, Raindance will host the 6th annual British Independent Film Awards. The nominees for Best British Independent Film are "28 Days Later," "Buffalo Soldiers," "Dirty Pretty Things," "Magdalene Sisters" and "Young Adam." Nominees for Best Foreign Film are "Belleville Rendez-vous," "City of God," "Secretary," "Spirited Away" and "Whale Rider." The Variety UK Personality of the Year Award will be given to Sir Ian McKellen.
Raindance Jury Prizes will be awarded to exceptional films on closing night. Actress Samantha Morton ("In America," "Morvern Callar") will be one of the judges. Categories include Best Feature, Best Short and Best Debut Feature. Festival screenings will take place at UGC Haymarket and UGC Shaftesbury Avenue.
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.raindance.co.uk. ]