Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world of Film Festivals have had to adapt in ways most wouldn’t have expected with online and physical screenings and activities. The 28th Raindance Film Festival, which will run between the 28th October – 7th November, will also take this route to deliver some of the best independent films on the market.

The full line-up, due to be announced tomorrow, September the 15th, will include new independent features and documentaries in a cinematic snapshot of today’s world. Acknowledging that COVID-19 is just one of many issues impacting our planet, this year strands will include;

A Dirty World: an eye-opening presentation of environmental films screening in partnership with conservation organization The Nature Conservancy.

Politico: stories of social and political significance.

Arty: a cinematic canvas of diverse creative processes.

Female Gaze: a viewpoint covering everything from motherhood to relationships, desire to abuse.

Absurdities: surreal and unconventional narratives.

Sonica: a brand new strand supported by Spotify, resonating with music documentaries and live performances.

Queer: the full rainbow spectrum of LGBTQ+ cinema.

Generation Z: hot on the heels of the Millennials comes a fresh point of view

Discovery: the place to find maverick works by first-time filmmakers.

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“Storytelling brings us together,” says Raindance founder Elliot Grove. “This year more than ever, we need the medium of film to unite us, inspire us, and help us to feel empowered and not isolated. No matter where you are in the UK, as long as you have a screen you can be a part of the Raindance Film Festival. There’s no stopping us.”

The 2020 programme announcement will be live-streamed from Vue West End on Tuesday 15 September, 10:00-10:40am.

Tune in to watch via: https://www.raindance.org/festival/programme-launch/

Watch the exclusive trailer for the festival below.