What we're about

Calling all independent filmmakers and film lovers! Raindance's Boozin' & Schmoozin' is a monthly meetup for those who make films and love films - whether it's your career or your hobby; whether you're thinking about making your first or you've made 20; whether you're a director, writer, producer, actor, cinematographer, production designer, composer, film blogger, gaffer, best boy, first AD, runner, editor, Netflix addict, camera person or student - you're welcome at Raindance! Come along to find your next collaborators, volunteer your services for some set time, get tips and advice, or just to chat film with other passionate film buffs.

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Filmmaker Intensive: How to Avoid Damaging Your Brand

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At a glance

Learn how to avoid the pitfalls that celebrities and ordinary people alike fall into that destroys their brand
benefit from the tutors 20+ years of experience in managing self-branding profiles
This unit is part of the Self Branding for Scriptwriters and Creative filmmakers Intensives

About the course:

How to avoid damaging your brand
Having a strong brand is not enough if you aren’t consistent…and if you don’t look after it. In this short course we will be looking at success stories, as well as case studies of those who have ruined their hard-earned brand. Learn how to avoid that happening to you!

How it can all go wrong…and how to avoid that happening to you.
First impressions count
Importance of authenticity and continuity
Discussion of case studies

This class is part of the Self Branding for Scriptwriters and Creatives Filmmakers Intensive

Who should attend?

Scriptwriters, of course, but also authors, illustrators, directors, and anyone else who worries about the impact of their posts and comments on social media.

About the tutor
N J Simmonds

N J Simmonds is a fiction author, comic book writer and lecturer on self-branding, storytelling and marketing. Natali began her career in marketing working for various agencies in London representing brands such as Nike, Sugar Puffs, Vue cinema and The Savoy. She also spent some time working for Cosmopolitan magazine (among other glossies).

In 2010 she created her own marketing consultancy, Rebel (https://njsimmonds.com/rebel-story/), guiding and advising businesses and creative individuals in the UK, Spain and the Netherlands on corporate storytelling and branding. In 2015 she co-founded The Glass House online women’s magazine where she contributed over 200 articles, then in 2017 her debut novel The Path Keeper was published.

Since then Natali regularly lectures on storytelling at schools across Europe, at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and at various business events. To date she has had four books published (including a series under the pen name Caedis Knight), has written a 12-part comic for Big Bang! Manga, and is working on more books and her first screenplay.

Natali is also available for private consultations

Boozin' N Schmoozin' Filmmakers & Film-Lovers Meet-Up In Person

The House of Raindance


About Boozin’ N Schmoozin’
Want to meet indie filmmakers and film lovers around the globe? Looking to find a team to work on your next project, volunteer your services for some set time, or just chat about movies with someone who can tell the difference between Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club? Come to Raindance’s Boozin’ N Schmoozin’ – the monthly filmmakers networking event for people who love and make films!

During the evening there will be an opportunity for attendees to address the virtual room with requests and offerings. For example, “I am a writer/director looking for a producer to work with on my new script”, or “I am a DoP looking for new projects to work on”, etc

Next date: Saturday 30th October, from 7pm UK time

Doors open at 6:30pm. The main event starts at 7.30pm.
Hosted by Alex di Cuffa

This is a FREE event for Raindance Community and Premium Members and subscribers to Raindance Membership Pro

Get your membership HERE

What they’re saying:
The network was really broad with lots of new people.
Andre Farquharson
It was really worth while. I spoke to a lot of people, gave out alot of business cards. I would definitely want to go again.
Harry Demuth
Nicely organised – MC Alex was charming
Thanks. Was a good to meet some lovely people tonight.
Darren Brade
Nice place to be…good vibrations…!
Viorel Obreja Whitaker

Collab Writers: Connect-Collaborate-Create

The House of Raindance


We are delighted to welcome award-winning writer / director, David Skynner

Thursday 4th November - 7pm - 8.30pm
Connect - Collaborate - Create

Join us November 4th and meet award-winning writer / director, David Skynner

About David Skynner:
David Skynner is a writer director of TV, film, commercials and branded or corporate productions, welcome to my site. Here you can find a fairly good selection of the work I have done as a director, writer and editor in television drama, film, commercials and branded production over the last fifteen years.

David Skynner was born and raised in London, where he attended the London International Film School before embarking on his principle career, which was as a film and TV Director. He is proud of the fact that on one of his first jobs, James Cameron's 'Aliens', he was complimented by the director for the controlled aggression of the Alien mother's deadly tongue (which he was operating) in the principle fight with Sigourney Weaver. In addition to over 80 hours of prime time television, he directed the 1997 ITV co-production of Wuthering Heights', and in 2006 'The Giblet Boys' a children's comedy series he directed and to which he contributed several scripts, won the Best Drama Bafta.

The Evening
This is our 1st in-person event since February 2020!
It's at a COVID compliant pop-up venue created by Raindance.
Please support us and the 'House of Raindance'

18:30 - Doors open
19:00 - Welcome and update from Collab Writers
19:05 - Spotlight on David Skynner
19:45 - Q & A
20:00 - Mingle

Dress code: Channel your inner creative – be yourself!

In-person tickets just £10.00
Grab your ticket if you haven’t already!

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email Collab Writers at [masked]

Career Surgery for Emerging Filmmakers

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Are you wondering what your next career steps are as a filmmaker?
While we are on lockdown, this is a good time to sit down, reflect, and plan ahead -and Raindance is here to help.

Join the Career Surgery for Emerging Filmmakers with Raindance founder Elliot Grove to discuss your setbacks, milestones, as well as your aspirations, and we’ll do our best to help you plan.

What you will learn
How to go beyond craft and navigate a career in the filmmaking industry,
How to think strategically for your projects, yourself and your brand,
How to turn your broad aspirations into precise plans.

Who should attend
Any filmmaker with some experience and big aspirations is welcome to join the Career Surgery. If you’re currently on lockdown, take this opportunity to reflect on your next steps and join us for a brainstorming session.

About the experts
Elliot Grove is the founder of Raindance (1992) and the British Independent Film Awards (1998). He has produced over 700 hundred short films and five feature films: the multi-award-winning The Living and the Dead (2006), Deadly Virtues (2013), AMBER (2017), Love is Thicker Than Water (2018) and the SWSX Grand Jury Prize winner Alice (2019). He teaches screenwriting and producing in the UK, Europe, Asia and America. He was awarded an honorary PhD in 2009 by Open University for services to education.

Rick Harvey is Programme Director of the Raindance Postgraduate Degree. He is a Cambridge-based screenwriter, story design consultant, lecturer and mentor. He has storylined for ‘Family Affairs’, developed projects for Hewland International and Frenzy Films, written a slate of short films and spec features, mentored on First Light, Media Box and BFI projects and written and developed feature screenplays for EON Productions. He lectures regularly on various aspects of the writing process. Rick is currently adapting one of his screenplays, Shadowplay, into a six-part serial for TV, and writing and developing a web-based Thriller, Heretic[s].

Baptiste Charles is a programmer for the Raindance Film Festival, and programme registrar of Raindance’s MA in Filmmaking. He is a writer for stage and screen, including the forthcoming U Up?, currently in pre-production. He is the producer of the award-winning short film Alder and the hit web-series NETFL!X AND KILL.

For further information please email [masked]

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Boozin' N Schmoozin' Filmmakers & Film-Lovers Meet-Up Online

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