Raindance Film Festival 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge Comes to Gateshead

For the first time in 22 years Raindance Film Festival is going on tour and, alongside showcasing the best in independent film at Vue cinemas across the country, there will be a series of events to support local filmmakers including Raindance’s very own 48 Hour Filmmaking Challenge.

The challenge offers filmmakers throughout the UK the opportunity to put their skills to the test by following a brief and creating a short film in just two days. At each of the Raindance Film Festival Tour locations, judges will choose a shortlist of the films submitted, which will be showcased as part of the programme. One film from each Vue site will then win a place in the short film category at the 22nd annual Raindance Film Festival at Vue Piccadilly in London this September.

The prize includes two passes to this year’s Festival, and the overall tour winner will also receive £500 in Pond5 stock vouchers, giving them access to royalty-free stock footage, music and sound effects.

From amateur producers, to groups of friends looking for something new to do at the weekend, the competition is free to enter and open to everyone. Filmmakers just need to register their interest to find out more by sending an email to tour@raindance.co.uk with ’48 Hour’ as the subject line. Registered filmmaking teams will be briefed by email at the start of each challenge with a checklist of things to include such as a local landmark and a certain line of dialogue.

The Raindance Film Festival Tour is taking a selection of standout independent films on a special tour of Vue Cinemas across the country in a bid to share inspiring content outside of the Capital. Raindance will take the best of the previous year’s Film Festival to Vue cinemas in six cities starting from Monday, 9th June 2014 in Edinburgh.

Tickets for the Raindance Film Festival Tour are available here.

When: Wed 11 & Thurs 12 June

Where: Vue Gateshead, Trinity Square, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 1AG

Ticket prices:

Before 5pm - £4 concession/£5.50 Adult
After 5pm - £6 concession/7.50 Adult


Day 1
2.30pm The Critic (pre-view)
4.30pm 99 Minute Film School
6.30pm Powerless
8.30pm Whoops!

Day 2
2.30pm Whoops! (repeat)
4.30pm Shorts Programme
6.30pm The Critic
8.30pm 48 Hour Film Challenge


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