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11th Raindance Film Festival - The facts & figures

Story by: Jack Foley

THE 11th Raindance Film Festival has broken all previous attendance records, with screenings averaging 70% audience attendance - a figure which is up 40% from last year.

The quality of films screened at this year's festival has led to audiences commenting that Raindance has, this year, offered a better selection of films than ever before - over 300 have been screened from all over the world.

The festival is already renowned as a place for the discovery of films, often screening titles which go on to become box office hits months after the festival.

After screening at Raindance, Mexican film, A Beautiful Secret, sparked a bidding war for European distribution rights.

The film, which moved some members of Raindance audiences to tears, opens in Mexico next week on an unheard of 450 screens.

Other audience favourites were UK horror picture, The Last Horror Movie, Christina Ricci starrer, Miranda, and French film, Malefique.

A film made and set in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina was awarded the top honour at the festival, and received the Jury Prize for Official Selection Feature at the festival Closing Night on Friday, November 7.

Fuse (pictured) was directed by Pjer Zalica and the prize is awarded for the most outstanding feature film screened at the UK’s largest independent film festival, as voted by the Raindance jurors.

A documentary set in Iran, another country better known as a place of conflict, was also awarded a top prize at the awards.

And Along Came A Spider is directed by Maziar Bahari.

Other honours went to director, Thomas Farone, for his Debut Feature, Nate Dogg; while the UK Feature category was won by The Last Horror Movie, directed by Julian Richards.

This year’s Jury Panel included award-winning actress, Samantha Morton, and Sadie Frost, who attended the presentation night, with Trudi Styler and Rankin.

The awards presentation preceded the screening of the Closing Night film, 16 Year’s of Alcohol, which won its director, Richard Jobson, the Best Directorial Debut at last Tuesday's British Independent Film Awards. He also introduced the screening.

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