Movie buffs looking for a special event to enjoy the art form may soon be booking rooms in central London hotels in order to attend the Raindance Film Festival.
Styled after its numerous sister festivals in cities such as Montreal, Budapest and Mumbai, Raindance is dedicated to screening independently financed films that are often overlooked at bigger shows.
Boasting a line-up of 100 features and 150 shorts from 36 countries, movie fans are spoilt for choice.
However, the organiser lists its top ten picks, starting with scifi flick Another Earth, romance comedy Bonsai, black comedies Black Pond and Acts of Godfrey, as well as drama A Thousand Kisses Deep, horror Hollow, sports flick Montevideo, Aussie thriller X, Afghan documentary Where My Heart Beats and Holly Rollers – a look at Christian blackjack players.
"It's time for the UK to warm up for the London Film Festival with the smaller (but potentially more interesting) celebration of indie film-making that is the Raindance Film Festival," the festival comments.
"Now in its 19th year, the Raindance 2011 line-up offers 137 shorts and 98 feature films – almost all of which are UK premieres, while over 30 are also international premieres."
Raindance was founded in 1992 by filmmakers for filmmakers, and hosts a range of training courses for aspiring artists, which 2,800 people attended in 2006.
Industry domineering directors and producers, such as Christopher Nolan, Julian Fellows and Guy Ritchie, count themselves as being among the former graduates of the Raindance film courses.