Source: Galeforce Films


Raindance Film Festival has set a programme of 59 feature films for its 2021 edition, which will run from October 27 to November 6 as a hybrid festival of in-person London screenings and online films via new digital partner Curzon Home Cinema.

For its in-person screenings, the festival has struck new partnerships with six London cinemas – three Curzon venues (Hoxton, Soho, Mayfair), plus Genesis Cinema, Regent Street Cinema and Bertha DocHouse.

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It has also partnered with Curzon Home Cinema for UK-wide online screenings, with all titles from the official selection available on a pay-per-view basis via Curzon Home Cinema’s app. Details on the revenue split between distributors, the festival and Curzon are yet to be confirmed.

Raindance 2020 ran as a predominantly online event; 70% of the online audience was located outside of London, which has motivated the continuation of a significant digital presence for this year.

The festival will open with the UK theatrical premiere of Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers starring Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza and Cary Elwes. The film first screened at the in-person Berlin Film Festival event in June, going on to play Melbourne and Karlovy Vary film festivals.

The UK premiere of Anita Rocha da Silveira’s Medusa, in which a group of Christian women gang up to attack women who they judge to be too liberal or promiscuous, will close the festival.

The festival has added two new thematic strands for 2021: Screamdance for horror titles, and Boomerang, which aims to embrace ‘the joy of indie film’.

Five features will have world premieres at the event, including Luke Cutforth’s The Drowning Of Arthur Braxton, about a bullied teenager who falls in love with a mermaid-like girl in his local swimming pool. Also debuting at the festival is Sonita Gale’s Hostile, a documentary exploring the increasing expulsion from the UK of the migrants on which the country has relied for decades.

Awards will be given in eight categories across the full official selection, including best international film, best UK film, best director and best performance. A 33-strong jury includes actors Fiona Shaw, Natalie Dormer, Phoebe Dynevor, Mena Massoud and Tobias Menzies; LGBTI+ campaigner Peter Tatchell; and industry executives including Head Gear Films managing director Phil Hunt and Curzon’s director of programme and distribution sales Damian Spandley.

Raindance 2021 programme

Best Sellers (Can) dir. Lina Roessler – opening gala

Medusa (Braz) dir. Anita Rocha da Silveira – closing gala


In The Mirror (Lat) dir. Laila Pakalnina

The Noise of Engines (Can) dir. Philippe Gregorie

King Car (Braz) dir. Renata Pinheiro

Tzarevna Scaling (Rus) dir. Uldus Bakhtiozina

The Day I Found A Girl In The Trash (Pol) dir. Michal Krzywicki 


All Sorts (US) dir. J. Rick Castaneda

My Heart Goes Boom! (Sp-It) dir. Nacho Alvarez

Zip It (Egy-S Arabia-UK) dir. Anicee Gohar

Sweet Disaster (Ger) dir. Laura Lehmus


As Far As I Know (Hun) dirs. Nandor Lorincz, Balint Nagy

Mayday (US) dir. Karen Cinorre

Second Thoughts (Ger) dir. Zora Rux

Shapeless (US) dir. Samantha Aldana

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar (Fr-Kos-US) dir. Luana Bajrami

Ascension (US) dir. Jessica Kingdon

Female Gaze

My Sunny Maad (Cze-Fr-Slovakia) dir. Michaela Pavlatova

Porcelain (It-Bel-Neth) dir. Jenneke Boeijink

Shadow (Por) dir. Bruno Gascon

Subjects of Desire (Can) dir. Jennifer Holness


Beans (Can) dir. Tracey Deer

Sami, Joe And I (Switz) dir. Karin Heberlein

The Revolution Generation (US) dirs. Josh Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Viral (Ger) dirs. Udi Nir, Sagi Bornstein

Youth v Gov (US) dir. Christi Cooper


A Bird Flew In (UK) dir. Kirsty Bell – world premiere

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton (UK) dir. Luke Cutforth – world premiere

Listen (UK-Por) dir. Ana Rocha

I Am Gen Z (UK) dir. Liz Smith

Hostile (UK) dir. Sonita Gale – world premiere


The Rossellinis (It-Lat) dirs. Alessandro Rossellini, Lorenzo d’Amico de Carvalho

Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon (US) dirs. Kelly Rundle, Garry McGee

Oscar Micheaux – The Superhero of Black Filmmaking (It) dir. Francesco Zippel


The Caviar Connection (Fr) dir. Benoit Bringer

White Noise (US) dir. Daniel Lombroso

Power, Profit And Populism: The Battle for Hard Brexit (Ger) dir. Tom Costello

Soros (US) dir. Jesse Dylan

Far Eastern Golgotha (Rus) dir. Julia Sergina

Children of the Enemy (Swe-Den-Qat) dir. Gorki Glaser-Muller


Miguel’s War (Leb-Sp-Ger) dir. Eliane Raheb

The Pop Song (Sp) dir. Raul Portero – world premiere

Girl Like You (Australia) dirs. Frances Elliott, Samantha Marlowe

Against The Current (Ice) dir. Oskar Pall Sveinsson


Father of Flies (UK-US) dir. Ben Charles Edwards – world premiere

The Secret of Sinchanee (US) dir. Steven Grayhm

Where’s Rose (US) dir. John Mathis

The Welder (US) dir. David Liz

Vampir (UK-Ser) dir. Branko Tomovic


Learning to Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen (US) dir. Jesse Lauter

I’m Wanita (Australia) dir. Matthew Walker

Helmut Lachenmann – My Way (Ger) dir. Wiebke Popel

Out-of-Competition Gala Presentations 

Hating Peter Tatchell (Australia-UK) dir. Christopher Amos

Take Me To The River: New Orleans (US) dir. Martin Shore

The Laws of the Universe: The Age of Elohim (Jap) dir. Isamu Imakake

Guest Country: Cyprus

The Man With The Answers (Cyp-Gre) dir. Stelios Kammitsis

Smuggling Hendrix (Cyp-Ger-Gre) dir. Marios Piperides

Pause (Cyp) dir. Tonia Mishiali

Patchwork (Cyp) dir. Petros Charalambous