The Raindance Film Festival is the largest indie film festival in the UK. Find out what courses are on offer as part of the Raindance Film School here!

Hosted in the buzzing West End film district of London, Raindance Film Festival champions everything wonderful about indie film. It is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. With such credibility behind it, the Raindance Film School should be an attractive prospect for budding student filmmakers.

Why the Raindance Film School? The Raindance organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove. His thinking was, “can you make a film with no money, no training, and no experience?” The ethos around fostering and promoting independent film globally led to the organisation helping to provide that training and experience for filmmaking newbies. Impressive alumni include names such as Guy Ritchie, Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan.

The courses span a multitude of disciplines throughout the film industry, from screenwriting to directing to editing to name just a few. Courses and masterclasses usually take place throughout the year and around the world, as well as online.

So, what courses are available for you to take part in?


Enrolling in any course ensures you walk away with hands-on experience and an unrivalled network in the film industry.

  • HND in Filmmaking – Raindance BTEC Level 5 HND in Filmmaking (leading towards entry to a Raindance Top-Up BA (Hons) in Film and Performing Arts Practices)
  • HND in Acting & Filmmaking – Raindance Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Acting and Filmmaking (leading to BA Hon’s Degree)
  • Top-Up BA – Raindance Film School Top-Up BA (Hons) in Film and Performing Arts Practices


Build your portfolio and strengthen your creative and professional voice with a postgraduate course.


Gain a solid comprehension and foundation in filmmaking with a short, intensive course from Raindance Film School.

Open House

If you wanted to gain more insight on the school before diving right in, you can book a place on the open day. Hosted live on Zoom, the event is your opportunity to experience a real taste of our world-renowned evening & weekend film training courses, classes and workshops.

The next event takes place on the 14th August, so secure your place for just £10, with free 1-1 slots available. Explore what the school has to offer and immerse yourself in their London film training school for the day. After the sessions are complete, you can even chat to tutors over a beer in the comfort of your own living room!