About Raindance Film School


The School

Located in a three-storey villa in Dubai’s Jumeirah 1 neighborhood, Raindance Film School Dubai offers students two large, soundproof studio rooms for practical acting and filmmaking classes, an editing suite and additional classrooms and study areas for private study.  There is a student lounge and private study area on the third floor, where students can also have access to the roof terrace, offering breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Frame, and the Gevora.  The terrace is also used as an outdoor filming space for practical activities.

Studying film in a dynamic city like Dubai gives you access to a huge variety of people and cultures from which to gain inspiration! What’s more, you get all of the perks you can expect from being a Raindance student, learning from active professionals in the industry and designing your course of study. We’ll give you the equipment and the know-how to let your filmmaking career take shape.

Our courses, classes and workshops are some of the most popular in the world, spanning disciplines and crafts such as screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, special effects, editing, lighting, sound and short filmmaking, to name just a few.

The school is open Sunday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. UAE.


The Raindance Organisation

The organisation was founded in 1992 by Elliot Grove as a thought experiment: can you make a film with no money, no training and no experience? The first Raindance event was a masterclass with Dov Simens held in London in April 1992.

Raindance is dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film around the world. Based in the heart of London, Raindance combines Raindance Film Festival, training courses — which are offered throughout the year at our 10 international hubs — and the British Independent Film Awards.

In October 1993, the Raindance Film Festival was born, held at London’s Prince Charles Cinema and Ciné Lumière. The festival runs annually in September in London’s West End.

In 1998, Raindance created the British Independent Film Awards, an annual celebration of the best UK independent films of the year held in December. Top honours have been awarded to My Name is Joe, Billy Elliot, Vera Drake, This Is England, Slumdog Millionaire, Pride and American Honey

The film school and the workshops and the talks are one of the heartbeats of the Raindance that I admire so much.

Jude Law