Raindance Film Festival: Award Winners


Raindance Film Festival: Award Winners – BRWC was invited to attend the awards lunch for the 29th Raindance Film Festival. In his welcoming speech to filmmakers and other attendees, founder Elliot Grove said Raindance stood for three extremes:

  1. extreme storytelling
  2. extreme filmmaking techiques (some films shot in warzones, others in surburbia)
  3. extremely entertaining

From over 10,000 film entries the staff at Raindance have put together a cohesive and varied festival highlighting the best in independent filmmaking from all over the world. The awards that were given out had a meaning we learnt; rust when you just start out, a little shinier when you secure a bit of funding and then chrome when completed.

The jury judging the various categories included industry figures and award winning actors. Only a handful of the winners were able to be there, covid is still not allowing us to all be in the room. However, there were heartfelt video messages and lots of laughs to be had. Below are some of the winners from the categories, one film Medusa has already been picked up by Piccadillo Pictures.

Winner of Script competition – The Paisley Witch Trial 
Best Music Video – Don’t Judge Me
Best Animation Short – A Bite of Bone
Best Documentary short – Nsenene
Best UK short – Enjoy
Best Short of the Festival – The Silent Echo
Best Documentary Feature – White Noise – 4 years
Best Music Documentary – I’m Wanita
Best Discovery – The Hill Where Lionesses Roar
Best Performance – Lucia Moniz (listen)
Best Cinematography – Sam Levy (Mayday)
Best Screenplay – King Car
Best Director – Luana Bajrami – The Hill Where Lionesses Roar 

Best Performance – Listen – Lucia Moniz
Best International Feature Medusa (closing film of the festival 6 November)
Best UK Feature – The drowning of Arthur Braxton

The 29th Raindance Film Festival runs from 27 October to 6 November 2021.

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