About Raindance Film School


The School

 Located in Guadalajara city, the largest and most important city in Jalisco, Raindance Film School Guadalajara offers students one large studio room for practical acting and filmmaking classes, an editing suite and additional classrooms and study areas for private study.  There is a student lounge, gardens and cafeteria where students can share experiences with fellow students and teachers. The facilities are also used as filming spaces for practical activities. 

Our industry partners provide plenty of practical experiences in real movie sets learning the craft from the very beginning and our students have access to real players in the industry.

Why study in Guadalajara?

Guadalajara, Jalisco is an excellent choice for studying film due to its active film scene and rich cultural heritage.

The city is developing as the most important filming CENTER in the country.

We are the only state in the country that offers a cash rebate of 40% for film production. We have a favorable climate 365 days a year and all the ecosystems, within a short distance, to be the perfect location for any film, and a wide variety of urban landscapes full of architectural landmarks.

The city is a hub of creativity and talent, with an active film community that provides an environment conducive to learning and collaboration.

Our geographical position is strategic, very close to Mexico City with air bridges to important cities such as CDMX, Los Angeles and routes to New York, Detroit, Vancouver, Madrid, and Atlanta, which is relevant because it is the largest airport on the continent and the one with the greatest connectivity, this allows flights to be scheduled to any part of the world.

Jalisco is the state with the highest agri-food production in Mexico and this is one of the causes of its abundant, varied and delicious gastronomy.

According to a classification by Time Out magazine, the neighbourhood “Americana” in Guadalajara has the beauty characteristics to be among the best in the world and in 2022 it was distinguished as The Coolest Neighborhood in the World.

The city hosts internationally recognized film festivals, giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of film from a global perspective.

Furthermore, and no less important, we are the birthplace of tequila, mariachi and charrería, symbols of Mexico in the world.

Jalisco is Mexico

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 Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays, 8.30am to 2.30 p.m.


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