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.