Festival saw 62% rise in attendance.

The winners of the 19th Raindance Film Festival in London include:

  • Best UK Feature, Stranger Things, wr/dir/prods Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal (UK-US)
  • Best Documentary, How To Start A Revolution, dir Ruaridh Arrow (UK)
  • Best International Feature, Just Between Us, dir Rajko Grlic (Croatia/Serbia/Slovenia)
  • Best Debut Feature, Tilt, dir Viktor Chouchkov Jr (Bulgaria)
  • Best Microbudget Feature, Monk3ys, wr/dir Drew Cullingham (UK)

The jury included actor Dexter Fletcher, director Gillies Mackinnon, and TV/radio presenter Alex Zane.

Elliot Grove, festival founder and director, said: “This has been a really successful festival – from the heart of London’s West End we’ve screened over 200 features and shorts at the state-of-the art Apollo Cinema, Piccadilly. Attendance was up by a staggering 62% on last year proving that the appetite for independent film is thriving.”

Raindance ran Sept 28-Oct 9.

Other winners were Words (Best International Short), Love At First Sight (Best UK Short) and Reset (Film of the Festival). The winning team behind Reset — including Italian director Nicolangelo Gelormini) will now get a chance to create Raindance’s trailer for the 20th anniversary festival.

The festival closed Sunday night with a screening of Cristian Jimenez’s Bonsai from Chile.