This year’s Raindance Film Festival kicked off on September 26th, with a fantastic programme of international films. We caught up with Elliot Grove, the founder of London’s largest independent film festival, to talk about what makes their film selections stand out from the rest.
Congratulations with the Raindance Film Festival and this years’ amazing lineup. How did you and your team select the films because it’s probably an incredible burden to choose between all those amazing films?
We were spoiled with films. For every film we’re showing here, we said no to 59 other movies. Our programmers are always looking for extreme films and extreme stories. I don’t necessarily mean violence but extreme stories, extreme filmmaking techniques. Some of our movies were made under some incredibly difficult situations, some filmmakers used new technologies and the third extreme we’re looking for is if the movie is extremely entertaining.
How do you decide which movie is going to open and closing the festival then?
That’s absolute torture. This particular film (Prinsecita) was amazingly good and at the same time, it’s also a triple F-rated movie. Female rating. The movie has female writers and producers and the story is also about a young girl. It’s also about Chile, which is our guest country for this year. It all fell into place.
So Chile is this year’s guest country. Who decides the country?
It’s actually just by the feeling. We don’t know next year’s country yet. Last year it was Italy.
If you have any advice for filmmakers who want to get their film onto your line up, what would it be?
Tell a story. I don’t care if it’s one minute, an hour or two hours. Just tell a story. Make sure it is bold, fresh, innovative and something that no one else is doing.
Ok, thank you so much for the interview and good luck with the film festival!
Liselotte Vanophem, Film and Celebrity Reporter – Just Celebrity Magazine