Friday, April 10, 2009

Raindance Canada fosters indie film at upcoming 6-day Toronto seminar

by Chris MaGee

I first heard about Raindance UK through Midnight Eye's Jasper Sharp who acts as one of the programmers for London’s annual Raindance Film Festival. I've also had friends who are independent filmmakers attend some of Raindance's film pitch seminars that occasionally touched down in Toronto. In 2007 though Hector Arenas founded a Canadian branch of Raindance to not only help promote independent film here in Canada, but to help educate independent filmmakers on how best to get their work made and out to the public. Sadly Arenas passed away last fall after a lengthy battle with cancer, but thankfully his colleague Anthony Young has picked up the reins of Raindance and is planning a six-day event that indie filmmakers in Toronto will not want to miss.

Here's the breakdown:
Tuesday, April 21st @ 7:00 p.m.
The 99 Minute Screenwriting School
Conducted by Raindance UK founder Elliot Grove
Free for Raindance Canada's members

Wednesday, April 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.
Live! Ammuntion! Pitching Competition and After Party
The legendary pitching panel returns!

Thursday, April 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.
Creating A Business Plan
Preparing your project for industry and private investors

Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Write and Sell the HOT Script
The flagship weekend writing class:
Day 1 - Learn the art and craft of Screenwriting
Day 2 - Learn how to market and sell your screenplay

Like I said, if you're a young filmmaker in the city, inspired by Japanese cinema or not, then this is something you'll definitely want to look into. To sign up, or to get additional details, check out Raindance Canada's official website here or call (416) 271-8867.

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