5 Cons Filmmakers Fall For

It's the 20th year of the Raindance Film Festival and we are open for submissions.

Like last year, and every year before, we start getting arm-twisting telephone calls from self appointed experts calling themselves festival 'consultants'.

I dont know about you, but we are sick to the death of consultants!

With Rotterdam's excellent IFFR underway, and with Berlinale starting on the 10th of Feb, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a whole new wave of newbie festival consultants infecting these two fine events.

But this is just one of the cons out there.

Do your research:

Read: 5 Cons Filmmakers Fall For

Bingham Ray

I was stunned to read of the untimely death of one of the great independent film champions. Bingham Ray.

I first met him at the very first Raindance Film Festival in 1993.

We met in the cinema lobby and swapped glasses - me his wire rims and he my shades - a tradition that continued for the next 5 years.

Bingham would always take me aside and offer advice and most importantly, encouragement. When he came to the first British Independent Awards, he told me knew it would be a winner. Funny how now such words mean so much.

To Nancy and his family: my condolences.

6 Lessons Porn Has For Independent Filmmakers


It's really competitive out there in movie land. Getting an audience for your film is not going to get any easier.

Then, a flash of late night inspiration following a cruise through porn land. These guys 9and girls) might just be on to something!

Read: 6 Lessons Porn Has For Independent Filmmakers

The Raindance Film Festival Team
Submissions now open!