Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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the 18 September 2008 edition
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Indie Tip

Hundreds of films didn't manage to make it into this year's Festival. There are many reasons why they may not have made the grade.

If you're a producer, here are ten things that may help your chances next time, ten things every producer should know (but doesn't).

Read them here
Four Eyed Monsters Competition

Arin Crumley's and Susan Buice's much-admired internet project Four Eyed Monsters has now been released on DVD. The first feature length movie to be uploaded to YouTube in its entirety, for a period of two months in 2007, this milestone event caused the blog-o-sphere to erupt and instantly made the film an internet cult classic.

In addition to the feature, the DVD includes thirteen video podcasts, which were created as an extension to the story and which follow the journey of the filmmakers from when the film first was accepted to the Slamdance Film Festival, through to their various efforts to self-distribute the film in the United States. The package is also complimented by the wonderful soundtrack, which includes some of the best up-and-coming indie bands in the US, alongside such recognizable names as The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Spinto Band.

Our friends over at Dogwoof have kindly agreed to give away three copies of the DVD / CD package to the first correct replies to the following question:

What was the name of the recent documentary which charted the fortunes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre?

Please send your answers to
Hancock One Night Stand

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Dave Cohen has written for dozens of radio and television shows, and is a regular writer for "Have I Got News for You." He currently has sitcoms in development with BBC1, ITV1 and Channel Four.

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27 September
Central London
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Les Claypool 16th Raindance Film Festival

Our Festival this year has a live music side...bands playing, open mic nights, weird performances.

Check out more here

As I was queuing up to use the loo I got talking to one of the professional extras who was being paid to be there and who seemed to do this kind of thing for a living.

She soon took a disliking to me because I used the word 'extra', apparently a big no-no around, well, extras. The correct term, as I was promptly informed was "supporting artiste". That was me told.

Read what happened when Steph became a zombie.
No Idea RDTV

What are friends for? Check out the new releases on to discover the power of friendship.

Resigning to fate and losing hope, Bee Boy seems destined to be confined in a hive. Someone else has other plans, though, leading out an adventure in attempt to rescue the poor Bee Boy once the bee-keeper's back is turned.

When his best friend is in danger, he abandons all thoughts of suicide and goes to the rescue. But who will save himself? His best friend, of course, as they fight together against his troubles and the Falcon Club in A Final Flight of the Falcons.

Hank, Aaron, and the Alien from Outer Space is another humorous best friend feature that goes a bit out of this world. Hank's girlfriend, Crystal, claims she has had an extraterrestrial encounter, while Aaron befriends an alien. Watch to find out what will happen to the four of them.

Nick Cave Elsewhere

One of the year's most anticipated films just got even better - Nick Cave is to write the score for THE ROAD.

imdb is to host over 6000 full-length feature films for free

Thanks to Steph
Zombie Strippers Zombie Strippers

Zombies...check. Strippers...check.

What could go wrong?

Announcing the UK Film Council's Short Film Fund Premiere

When: 7pm, Thursday 23rd October 2008

For details and to buy tickets, go here.

The Completion Fund is managed by Maya Vision International.
We are currently inviting entries to the 2009 Fund.
Details here.
"Get Fair" Campaign Launch to feature classic film by Mike Leigh

Open House Film Club presents, supporting the launch of the Get Fair campaign against poverty and social injustice in the UK (, a rare screening of the classic film Naked plus short films by Future Shorts. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with five time Oscar nominee, Palme d'Or winning filmmaker Mike Leigh, chaired by OHFC founder Christoph Warrack.

"Naked" tells the story of three days in the life of Johnny (David Thewlis) as he escapes Manchester and ends up on the streets in London. Johnny has vivid thoughts and theories about time, the meaning of life, and the coming apocalypse, and his relationships and encounters are brought to life with Leigh's extraordinary skill and realism.

Venue: Odeon West End, 40 Leicester Square WC2H 7LP
Time: 6.15pm, Thursday 18 September 2008
Tickets: £10.00 from / 0871 22 44 007

OHFC - Films and Filmmakers for the Homeless since 2005
Bad Boy Bubby Curiouser and Curiouser

This week - Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf De Heer, 1993)

This is a very odd Australian film about a man called Bubby who has spent his entire life locked up in an incestuous relationship with his mother after she brought him up to believe that the air outside was full of poisonous gasses. When his long lost father reappears Bubby escapes and becomes a local celebrity singing as part of a band. He also has a dead cat that he keeps wrapped in cling film and sporadically offers to feed it pizza whilst being dressed as a priest. Very strange indeed but surprisingly heart warming - if you can make it to the end.

Steph insists you watch all these.
Free Screening

Metrodome are releasing extreme skiing film STEEP at BFI IMAX London on 26 September. To celebrate the release, they are offering 20 pairs of free tickets to an exclusive preview screening.

The screening takes place on Sunday 20 September, at 9:30am at The BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London.

To apply, e-mail with 'Raindance Screening' in the subject field, and your name in the body of the email.
Have Your Film Screened on BBC2!

Following the success of last year, BBC Blast's Film Festival and Bursary are back!

If you're are a budding filmmaker between 13-19 you canenter your film for the opportunity to see it screened on BBC TWO. If you're 16-19 you can also apply for the Blast Bursary for the chance to win a £3000 budget to work with industry professionals on your next film and to have your film shown at Blast Film Live Festival 2009.

Successful submissions will be aired in November and December on Blast on BBC TWO.

Or online via dropsend and yousendit to

For more information and Terms and Conditions please visit:
A Night of Networking at CIDA Film Cafe

When: Wednesday 24 September 2008, 6pm-9pm
Where: Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road
London E1 4UJ
Cost: Free

CIDA (the Cultural Industries Development Agency) is holding its bi-annual Film Café networking evening. CIDA has brought together leading film financiers, support agencies, broadcasters and distributors to give filmmakers and those interested in film production the opportunity to network and find out what support is available to help them develop their film production businesses.

As an event highlight will launch their latest short film challenge, designed with CIDA. This challenge invites amateur and professional filmmakers to capture aspects of East London and its relationship with sport. Each entry will be judged by and members of the Cultural Olympiad, with the winning entry being broadcast on as a flagship film of the Cultural Olympiad.

To book your place email or call 020 7247 4710 for more details.
Hellboy - Del Toro Relaunches

MovieScope magazine celebrates the relaunch of its website this week at, where they're currently running a cover feature on mythmaker Guillermo del Toro. They've also recently interviewed Raindance alum Christopher Nolan and are constantly providing fresh insider tips on various stages of filmmaking, from scriptwriting to directing and beyond.

In conjunction with the relaunch, they've begun offering a free download of the latest issue in a new digital format. To sign up for that service, check here.
The Smalls Showcase & Awards 2008

Today is the last public showing of shortlisted nominees for The Smalls Showcase & Awards 2008.

Each of the maximum five-minute long shortlisted entries, will be shown on iPod Touch players at London's Exposure Gallery. The best films will be awarded with Gold, Silver, Bronze and 'Best New Talent' - a category open specifically to a student or graduate - at The Smalls Awards 2008.

22-23 Little Portland Street

Open today (Thurs) to the public between 10 & 6pm

For further information on the event go to their website.
Mary bloody Poppins Alumni

Lest we at Raindance forget our deep ties with both the Scottish theatre and the chip-cheery legacy of Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins, an adaptation of the production penned by course alum Julian Fellows (of "Gosford Park" script fame) launches at Edinburgh's Playhouse Theatre on October 2.

Fellowes teamed with director Richard Eyre and choreographer Matthew Bourne, creating a show that apparently balances the eager spirit of Andrews' rendition with the more sinister implications of the original source novels.

A spoonful of sugar... laced with a bit of arsenic?

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