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Raindance Canada was established as a bridge/liaison between people considering or desirous of getting into filmmaking and the different film programs offered in Canada. Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in Canada and around the world, and spans the full spectrum of the art, craft and business of independent movies - from guerilla style low or no budget productions to big budget indie blockbusters.


Raindance is proud to have helped to establish the careers of over 3,000 worldwide, and have discovered great filmmakers (but not limited to) like Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight currently ranks as the sixth highest worldwide grosser of all time and Inception), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Tom Hooper (King's Speech) and Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire multi-Oscar winner) each of whom launched their careers after taking one of our intensive weekend workshops.


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Write & Sell the Hot Script

Learn how to formulate a realistic plan to write the type of screenplay sought by film script buyers. Discover the way to simply and effectively market your scripts and how much money you can expect to earn.  At Raindance, we don't teach filmmaking, we make filmmakers. Christopher Nolan (Inception), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire) and Tom Hooper (King's Speech) start their careers at Raindance. Why not you? For more info or to register, visit http://b...

Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party

Have an idea for a movie?  Pitch your idea or screenplay to a panel of industry insiders & executives at this event; it's Dragon's Den for filmmakers. Intense fun infront of a LIVE audience! Over $1,000. value in prizes. Where? Revival Bar    9:30 pm Industry Networking starts 783 College Street (College/Shaw)  When? Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011   Time?         6:00 pm to 9:30 pm  Register to pitch and attend: www.raindancec...

Director's Master Class

Focusing on the challenges of being a working director in Toronto and abroad, Warren will pragmatically breakdown key elements of film directing through anecdotes discussion and video clips. Intensive teaching capsules loosely based on the "Ten Things" Warren found out film schools don't teach you, will be followed by inclusive and exhaustive question and answer periods by one of this country's most talented young directors.During this intensive day-long Saturday master class, Warren w...

$249 Value Filmmaking Class for $69

This powerful information-packed day will give you the tools and information you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director or filmmaker.  Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, British Independent Film Awards and Raindance tv will be in Toronto to deliver his acclaimed Filmmaking Course, which has been given to over 4000 people internationally.Course Outline:Part 1 - Writing the ScreenplayPart 2 - Making the MoviePart 3 - So you want to Direct?Part 4 - Breaking into the Film Industry...

Film Distribution & Acquisitions in Canada

There are a handful of distribution companies in Canada that play a pivotal role in the industry as we know it. What is their exact role? What do they look for in a project and at what stage? This seminar will allow writers, directors and producers get a better idea of what the protocol is in approaching a distributor with a project for consideration. Seminar OutlineWhat are the common do's and don'ts?What documents should be part of submission package?What makes a good synopsis/one pager/pitch...

Filmmaking for Teens

72% off Filmmaking Course for Teens. This intensive one-day introductory course is designed specifically for young aspiring filmmakers and gives an overview of filmmaking ? writing-producing and directing. Learn what it takes to be a filmmaker, the roles and responsibilities of the key creative positions, and how you can start your career NOW. It?s never too early! (This course is also offered on Sunday July 10.)Designed specifically for a young audience, this course breaks down each element of...

Entertainment Law for Filmmakers

This 4-evening course covers entertainment law and legal issues that are critical to all filmmakers. From script to production to distribution, entertainment lawyer Jindra Rajwins gives you the legal framework to understand securing rights and trademarks, film funding and investor issues, the legalities of distribution deals, and strategies for negotiating the legal landscape for your film project. Packed with information, this is a must-have resource for any filmmaker who is serious about buil...

Maximize Your Shoot

Successfully completing your film or video means achieving your scheduled shoot day - every day. But making your vision a reality takes more than wishing and hoping. It starts with effectiveplanning. Whether you’re prepping a web video, a no-budget indie film or a Hollywoodblockbuster, your most valuable production assets are the time and effort you spend planning.For more info, visit

Documentary 101

This 2-evening course will cover the basics of producing a one-off or series in the documentary or factual film fields. Starting with the basics, this course will take you through your story idea, development of pitch materials and financing to pre-production, production, post-production and deliverables.This course will take you from A to Z to help you prepare for a documentary film shoot. Full of practical tips, case studies, problem scenarios and handouts of call sheets, shooting schedules, e...

Secrets of a Successful Screen Auditions

Successful directors claim that smart casting is 80% of their job. Successful producers know thatputting the right people on screen means money. Yet many filmmakers don’t know how to usethe audition process to full advantage, or how to get the best work from actors. Successful actors know how to prepare for their ‘job interview,’ but most actors are frustrated by their audition results. They don’t know how to present their skills, talents, or themselves in a positive way. Casting becomes...

Create Your Press Kit

In one evening you will receive the tools to assemble your press kit, write a press release and pitch your film to the press. Much ignored and usually left to the last minute, this essential tool can be the difference between whether the press chooses to write about you and your film...or someone else. Having a great Press Kit, Press Release and Website are indispensable tools in getting your film noticed. For more info, visit

Creating a Dynamic Cinematic Vision

If you have the urge to pick up a movie camera - this is the course for you. Award-winning screenwriter and director Leon Marr gives you invaluable insights into the techniques of great filmmakers, while helping you develop a unique and personal 'director's vision' of your own, duing this intense 2-weekend course.Don't miss this chance to study with a master. For more info, visit

Navigating Film Festivals

Film festivals are the bread and butter of the independent film industry, but they can also be just as overwhelming as they are important. Why should I go? How do I get into the A list parties? How do I meet people? This workshop covers everything you need to know about the business, art and politics of the world of film festivals, and how to use it all to your advantage in order to make the impact you want to make and meet the people you want to meet. If you're looking to learn abo...

Selling Your Screenplay

You have a film idea or screenplay for a movie but need help to take it from pitch to option to sell? This course will guide you through to develop a realistic and practical approach to marketing and selling a feature film script. Learn to hone your pitch for use in selling your project to potential producers, distributors, broadcasters and directors. Take your film idea or screenplay and prepare your material for pitching to potential buyers! For more info on how to market and sell ...

Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party - Tuesday, March 29

This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top Canadian film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't. Your chance to pitch your movie idea to the people who can get it in cinemas in this intense emotionally charged event.  For more info, visit ...

Pitching Practice - Saturday, March 26

Pitching is one of the most essential skills needed for a successful career in the film and television industry. It is also one of the most ignored skills by newcomers to the industry. To understand the basic psychology behind a pitch that will help to enhance your chances to be heard by top film executives...these are the people who matter.  For more info, visit ...

Write! Right! - Saturday/Sunday/Thursday, March 19/20/24

“Write Right” is an intensive course designed to launch your career as a writer. Whether you’re a rank beginner, or a seasoned veteran, you’ll learn new insights about the business and art of writing for film and TV. Everyone is looking for scripts. The challenge is to create saleable screenplays, and then develop a successful marketing strategy.  For more info, visit ...

Independent Filmmaker's Survival Kit - Thursday, March 10, 2011

Learn how to position yourself for a successful film career in today's rapidly changing and highly competitive market. This information packed evening provides valuable insight and tools for any person thinking of making a living in the film industry. Everyone wants in: the financiers, webcasters, the TV companies. They have the money and are looking for product. This is where you come in: how do you get paid and create product at the same time? For more info, visit http://ww...

99 Minute Film School - Tuesday, March 8

Explain the film industry in 99 Minutes. Of course it is impossible to explain filmmaking in 99 minutes! Or is it? Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and one of the most knowledgeable filmmakers in the UK, will attempt just that and give you a viable plan and dozens of filmmaking tips in just 99 minutes.  For more info, visit ...

Hands-On Documentary Filmmaking

Turn your next documentary project into an award winning video journalism of the year. Learn the art of documentary filmmaking and how to tell engaging stories that connect with audiences. This course will provide a practical understanding of independent documentary filmmaking, with an emphasis on low budget and hight impact visual storytelling. This is a chance to work with veteran documentary maker Sasa Petricic in a small group, using broadcast quality equipment. His news coverage of th...

Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking

What helped to kick start the careers of Christopher Nolan, Mathew Vaughn, Edgar Wright and Guy Ritchie?   They all took the intensive master class Lo To No Budget Filmmaking course taught by Toronto-born Elliot Grove, founder of the prestigious Raindance Film Festival.  “...Using Elliot’s Principles I Wrote and Directed My First Feature” CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION  Find out how to write, direct and produce a low budget feature film .... profitably. Le...

Media Training for Filmmakers

Looking to take your film career up another notch?  There are times when you will need professional advice on how to manage the media elements of your career.  Learn to maximize your promotional opportunities and create a positive impact during press interviews and junkets that translate into successful distribution deals and ticket sales.   Having a feature film completed is half the battle, publicity and marketing are the essential keys to your success. Limited seats available, reserv...

Write and Direct Your First Feature Film

FIVE NIGHTS TO KICK-START YOUR FILM CAREER  Being a writer/director in the film business ensures that your words and vision are translated to the screen exactly as you conceived them. But how do you take your ideas and characters and put them into action?  Raindance Canada is proud to offer an exclusive 5-night course starting September 27th, with Sean McConville, renowned Canadian writer & director of Deadline (2010) starring Brittany Murphy & Thora Birch.    ...

Interview from Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance

  What made you start Raindance? I had worked as a scenic artist and set designer on over 68 feature films and 700 commercials, both here at the BBC Shepherd's Bush 1974-77, and in my native Toronto in the early 80's. When I moved to London in 1986 with my family, I entertained a fantasy of becoming a property magnate, and went bust in the 1990 recession. After a year of wallowing in self-pity, my neighbour, an elderly retired farmer (who served as a barber in WW1) said to me: "Ell...

Write and Sell the Hot Script

Getting your idea from your head to a sheet of paper means a journey of just eighteen inches. Approach the journey in the right way, and you will arrive safely. Start this journey unprepared and you will end up wandering and confused, your idea locked inside you, those eighteen inches may as well be a million miles. Discover the insider trade secrets that are designed to keep outsiders from breaking into the industry. Find out shortcuts to success, and how to map out a hugely rewarding car...

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