PRINCESITA, WE THE KINGS and SILENT NIGHT among the Big Winners as Winners Revealed for 26th Raindance Film Festival | The Fan Carpet

PRINCESITA, WE THE KINGS and SILENT NIGHT among the Big Winners as Winners Revealed for 26th Raindance Film Festival

08 October 2018

The Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Lumix today announced its award winners at Century Club in London.

Hosted by Raindance Founder, Elliot Grove, jury members Joanna Lipper, author, director and lecturer, writer/producer Mike Rogers alongside SAA Executive Committee, Producers Branch Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Lawrence Foldes, were in attendance to present awards to the winners.

The winning films were selected from 15 categories by the Festival’s jury members, which also included Adrian Lester, Ray Winstone, Annabelle Wallis, Laura Carmichael and Gareth Edwards, among many others.

With the 26th edition coming to a close on Sunday October 7, the Festival received a record-breaking 8929 submissions from over 100 countries, the highest it has received to date, including features, shorts, webfest, VR and music videos.



In August this year, Terry Gilliam received this year’s Raindance Auteur Award recognising his achievements in filmmaking and ongoing contribution to the film industry.

Princesita directed by Marialy Rivas was the biggest winner of the Festival this year, receiving four awards: Film of the Festival, Best International Feature, Best Performance for Sara Caballero and Best Cinematography for Sergio Armstrong. Produced by The Fabula, the Chilean production company created by the Larrain brothers, the film tells the story of twelve-year-old Tamara, who has been raised in a cult. This tense and sinister tale was written by Rivas in part to show the extremes to which men still believe they have ownership over women's bodies. As a result of winning Film of the Festival and as per Raindance tradition, Marialy will be asked to direct next year’s Official Festival Trailer.



The film generated a lot of buzz during the Festival, particularly from Raindance Founder Elliot Grove who stated that, “We chose Princesita as Film of the Festival because due to the stunning film work and the controversial spirit in which it was made. Marialy takes a risk in tackling a difficult subject in her unique, dreamlike style - and it completely pays off. We also thrilled that this being the first year we have adopted the F-rated initiative that a triple f-rated film has won Film of the Festival - Princesita is written and directed by woman and features significant female characters. We are proud to support female filmmakers every step of the way.”

Best Director was awarded to Rene Eller for WE, adapted from a controversial novel by Elvis Peeters, WE is a story about abuses of power and privilege. Unconcerned with the consequences of their actions, the members of a privileged teen group of friends spur each other on to ever more sociopathic behaviour. Lauren Mackenzie’s We The Kings a portrait of two tortured souls, played by Elliot James Langridge and Timothy West with electrifying intensity was awarded Best UK Feature and the Best Documentary went to Tre Maison Dasan, an incredibly intimate documentary giving the opportunity to those affected by the justice system, young and old alike, to share their stories. Piotr Domalewski’s Silent Night received the Discovery Award for Best Debut Feature with his insightful and tender film displaying powerful performances about the realities of a family reunited.



Richard Raymond (Souls of Totality), Aaron Dunleavy (Landsharks) and Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee (Earthrise) were the big winners in the Shorts Programme with Souls of Totality receiving the award for Best Short of the Festival, Landsharks receiving Best UK Short and Earthrise winning Best Documentary Short.

Award winning short Souls of Totality centres in on a looming moment that can change everything and stars Emmy Award winning actress Tatiana Maslany and actor Tom Cullen and Landsharks follows the vicious cycle of misguided youths on a troubled estate, forced to carry out the dirty work of exploitative adults. Earthrise tells us the story of the first image ever captured of the Earth from space in 1968.

Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. Best Animated Short was awarded to Blind Mice directed by Nicholas D’Agostino about An ex-con gets wrapped up in a con within a con. Last but not least Best Music Video Award went to Solicitous a romantic, fairytale-like story about the relationship between two sensitive giants living in the mountains directed by Zuzanna Plisz.

The Award for Best Festival Campaign goes to Mike Rogers producer of the documentary Matsuchiyo - Life of a Geisha.



The winner’s of this year’s VRX Awards will be announced at a special event tomorrow, Saturday 6th October and Bob Giordano’s The Odds will closed the Festival on Sunday, October 7th at Vue Piccadilly in London.

A big thank you to headline sponsor Lumix, who we are honoured and delighted to partner with this year and thank you to all our supporting partners including Guest Country Chile, Vice Film School, Embassy of Chile, DIRAC Chile, The Telegraph, Dreamax, IFT, Vue, Century Club and Virgin Money.


Film of the Festival – Princesita

Best UK Feature – We the Kings

Best International Feature – Princesita

Best Director – Rene Eller (We)

Best Screenplay – Sophie Fillières (When Margaux meets Margaux)

Best Cinematography – Sergio Armstrong (Princesita)

Best Performance – Sara Caballero (Princesita)

Best Documentary Feature – Tre Maison Dasan

Discovery Award – Silent Night

Best Short of the Festival – Souls of Totality

Best UK Short – Landsharks

Best Documentary Short – Earthrise

Best Animation Short – Blind Mice

Best Music Video – Solicitous

Best Festival Campaign - Mike Rogers for Matsuchiyo - Life of a Geisha

Webfest Jury Award – Bidune Kais (Undocumented)

Webfest Audience Award – Gimel

Raindance Spirit Award – This is Love


Adrian Lester (Primary Colors; Day After Tomorrow; As You Like It)

Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; War & Peace)

Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors; The Mummy)

Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them; Selma)

Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars: Rogue One; Star Wars: Episode III; The Matrix Reloaded)

Greta Scacchi (Presumed Innocent; White Mischief)

Jenny Agutter (A United Kingdom)

Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey; Dark Angel; In Our Name)

Jonathan Pryce CBE (Game of Thrones; Tomorrow Never Dies; Pirates of the Caribbean)

Judi Shekoni (Maleficent 2; Breaking Dawn - Part 2)

Katie McGrath (Jurassic World; Slasher; King Arthur; Legend of the Sword)

Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey; Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy; Madame Bovary)

Madeleine Mantock (The Tomorrow People; Into the Badlands)

Ray Winstone (The Departed; Noah; Indiana jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Rufus Sewell (Dark City; A Knight’s Tale; The Illusionist)

Rupert Evans (Hellboy; The Man in the High Castle; The Canal; The Boy)

Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Retribution; Resident Evil: Apocalypse)

Michael Flatley (Riverdance; Blackbird)

Lawrence Foldes (Director, Screenwriter, Producer Malibu High, Don’t Go Near the Park)

John Dunning (Writer, The Guardian, Metro, GQ, Esquire, Dazed)

Dave Cohen (Comedy Writer, Horrible Histories, Have I Got News For You, Not Going Out, My Family)

Jim Rutenberg (Media Columnist, Political correspondent The New York Times)

Chris Parkhurst (Documentary Filmmaker, The Documentary Life)

Mike Rogers (DJ, Director, Writer, Humorist, Producer, and Engineer Ghostroads)

Gonzalo Maza (Writer, Producer - A Fantastic Woman, Gloria)

Ali Mashayehki (Producer - Piece of Mind, The Styles Atlas: Jakarta)

Alex Hoffman (Head of Music for VICE UK)

Joanna Lipper (Filmmaker, Author, Photographer - The Supreme Price)


Kit Vincent (Channel 4, BBC)

Adam Meir (Actor, Voice-over artist, FX specialist - Ray Donovan, Fauda, Tyrant, Dig, Mission Impossible)

Lucy Titterington (Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London)

Carl A Prechezer (Writer, Director, Content Producer)

Hugh O’Shea (Dialect and Acting Coach - Tomb Raider, Entebbe, Peaky Blinders)

Helene Kuhn (Actress, Jezebel)

In 2018, Raindance has been proud to champion women in film by adopting the F-Rating initiative. The F-Rating has been given to films which have been either written or directed by women. If they've been both written and directed by women and they feature significant female characters, they get a triple F-rating which is the "golden standard". There are 62 F-Rated films in total, out of which 27 are features. Out of those 27 features, 13 are triple F-Rated which is a fantastic number. Raindance is the first top 50 festival to have picked up the F-Rating system (the only other big organisations are BIFA and Barbican).

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Raindance Film Festival is officially recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences USA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Independent Film Awards. Selected shorts will qualify for Oscar® and BAFTA nominations. British short films that play in competition and all British features that play in 2016 will be eligible for entry for the 2016 British Independent Film Awards BIFA.

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in the UK and around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, Training Courses, which are offered throughout the year through its 11 international hubs and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards.

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