The Raindance Film Festival’s program is packed with feature length films, shorts and documentaries from more than 50 countries. Raindance, which takes place in London at Vue Piccadilly between September 24- October 5, is Europe’s largest independent film festival and this
year it will host over 100 feature length films, 150 shorts and 40 industry events.
The festival opens with critically acclaimed science-fiction drama,”I Origins,” starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and rising star Brit Marling followed by an opening night
gala at Cafe de Paris with Fine Young Cannibal’s Roland Gift to headline, alongside Douglas Hart ( The Jesus Mary and Chain) and Andy Bell (Oasis). The festival
will close with a screening of the Dutch film noir thriller “Wolf,” with and after party hosted at Leicester Square’s Ruby Blue.
Raindance’s prestigious international program this year includes the UK premiere of Mexican film “Cesar Chavez,” directed
by Diego Luna and starring Wes Bentley, America Ferrera and John Malkovich, who will also be making a
personal appearance at the screening on Saturday September 27th. Asia Argento’s latest feature “Misunderstood,”
starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, will also be premiering at the festival as part of Raindance’s Italian film selection.
Other highlights include the world premieres of “Like Sunday, Like Rain” starring Debra Messing and Leighton Meester, and musical comedy “The Beat Beneath My Feet” featuring Luke Perry as a washed-up rock
god, as well as drama “Things People Do,” with British screen anti-hero Jason Isaacs.
In a change to previous years, the festival program has been segmented by mood and tone, rather than genre; feature films will be categorized as spring,
summer, autumn and winter, while documentaries predominantly focus on areas of conflict in the Middle East and women’s rights in Africa. Raindance’s Shorts
Program will this year include “Dotty,” an experimental short film starring Sadie Frost and her son Rudy Law.
The festival will culminate in the annual Raindance Awards Ceremony on 4th October with a jury made up of influential industry figures including Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock), Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz“), and Amy Hubbard (casting director Homeland and 24).
Raindance will also be running its expert-hosted Events Series which will cover every aspect of filmmaking from the old-fashioned basics
to the cutting edge advances. High profile events include, In conversation with Sean Bobbit, cinematographer famed for his work on Academy
Award Winning “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.”
Full details on the program and tickets to the festival can be found at www.raindancefestival.org