The 26th annual Raindance Film Festival kicked off in London last week, and will build to a cinematic climax this coming Saturday 6th October. Enjoying hundreds of films screened, are thousands of cinephiles and fans in particular of independent cinema, which is Raindance’s roots and bastion of expertise in both Exhibiting AND Teaching.
Raindance’s Film School has mentored and allowed thousands of budding filmmakers and their crews of all sizes to learn and hone their crafts as creative storytellers over the last couple of decades. What has defined their courses in London, Toronto and host of other creative hubs around the world has been practical, actionable technics and advice about all aspects of creating films. As Raindance claims: ‘We don’t teach filmmaking. We make Filmmakers’
A slight cloud to this silver lining of creativity has been LOCATION. If you’re not fortunate enough to live within the catchment area of one of Raindance’s hubs like London or Toronto, then long commutes for courses, or finding another film school, were the only options… until now.
Raindance have partnered with Quickclass to proudly launch the Pocket Film School Apps for iOS and Android, and for the duration of the festival are inviting cinephiles to download and try for free (for the duration of the Festival) the first course: Elliot Grove’s “99-Minute Film School”. The difference between taking a Pocket Film School course and just binging on a stream of standard Masterclass videos is the testing along the way! Pocket Film School is sophisticated enough to test each student about what they’re learning, to ensure they’re truly absorbing the knowledge and learning the essentials they’ll need out on their next shoot, edit, and entry into film festivals themselves.
These initial small steps will lead to a flood of courses made available on the platform. Raindance are intending to have their first 20 separate courses available by Christmas!
One final benefit and possibly the most exciting aspect of Pocket Film School is how it’s designed to open Raindance up to non-English speaking learners! Already, the Apps are available in German, Spanish and Japanese, and the potential number of languages is unlimited. Once the learner sets their native language, the lectures are automatically served with the appropriate language – opening up Raindance knowledge to a multitude of keen and enthusiastic film students around the globe!
Check out ’99 Minute Film School’ on Raindance’s Pocket Film School App until this Sunday 7 October!