The UK’s top indie film party Comes to Café de Paris this April: Raindance announces the Fifth Annual Independent Filmmaker’s Ball | The Fan Carpet

The UK’s top indie film party Comes to Café de Paris this April: Raindance announces the Fifth Annual Independent Filmmaker’s Ball

08 March 2018


The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball, the fundraising gala for the Independent Film Trust presented by Raindance, will be back in London at Café de Paris on the night of the 18th April.

This year, Raindance rolls out the red carpet for a Tiki Night Special, inspired by 1960’s rock & roll and surf films. Filmmakers and indie film lovers alike are invited to the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball for an evening of Hawaiian fun, with live music, networking, and a fundraising raffle with special guests at the hottest party in town.

All proceeds from the raffle go to Raindance’s charity arm, the Independent Film Trust, towards a collaborative project called 25x25 to support under-represented from diverse groups and offer opportunities to bring under-represented film artists into the industry.

The Ball promises to be a wild night of music and celebration at the art deco-inspired Cafe de Paris. Party-goers will be swinging to the live big band sound of Natty Bo & The Top Cats, and there will be a charity raffle with top prizes and celebrities in attendance.

Special guests last year included NFTS Director and Virgin Group co-founder Nik Powell, Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins) Christian Vit (Game of Thrones), Sean Cronin (Mission Impossible) and actress and filmmaker Sadie Frost amongst many others.



Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance Film Festival, said “Come join Raindance to celebrate independent filmmaking. Let your hair down, grab a drink and come boogie with us! After all, it’s all for a great cause.”

Tickets to the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball are £18 on early-bird price, £21 general access, or £16 for Raindance Members. All tickets are available through the Raindance Website.

Raindance Film Festival is currently crowdfunding in order to increase access and diversity, to attract wider audiences, and to meet its environmental and sustainability goals for the forthcoming 26th edition of the Festival in 2018.

About Raindance
Since 1993 the Raindance Film Festival has annually uncovered the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Raindance-premiered hits include Pulp Fiction, Memento, the Blair Witch Project, Love Exposure and The Machine. The rest of the year at Raindance is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspectsoffilm. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest film training organisations, catering for over 3000 students per year.

About the Independent Film Trust
The Independent Film Trust is a UK charity established to advance the cause of independent filmmaking. We support initiatives that encourage diversity in the film industry, help develop new audiences for independent cinema and empower emerging filmmakers to develop their craft and careers. Ouractivitiesinclude: labs and mentoring for early to mid-career film artists; film school scholarships; and community workshops teaching filmmaking and festival curation as a means of self-expression.

Raindance & IFT Patrons & Trustees include: Nick Broomfield, Faye Dunaway, Mike Leigh, Alan Parker, Tim Roth, Mike Figgis, Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass, Armando Iannucci, Mick Jones, Adrian Lester, Ken Loach, Gillies MacKinnon, Michael Madsen, Ewan McGregor, Dave McKean, Samantha Morton, Bill Nighy, Rebecca O’Brien, Nik Powell, Marky Ramone, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Trudie Styler, Meera Syal, Jeremy Thomas, Michael Winterbottom.

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