Author: Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove

Mesmerized by the moving image from a young age, but unable to watch TV or films until his early teens due to the constraints of his Amish background, Canadian-born Elliot Grove followed up formal art school training with a series of jobs behind the scenes in the film industry. Elliot founded the prestigious British Independent Film Awards in 1998, which has been credited by the film’s director, Danny Boyle, with starting the media interest in Slumdog Millionaire, and by Tom Hooper for The King’s speech.

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Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing


Producing feature films is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film…


Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Distribution


Getting your film made is easy, compared to the struggles filmmakers have in getting their films distributed. At Raindance Film Festival we work with countless filmmakers trying to get their shorts, features and documentaries screened to as wide an audience as possible. Of course the filmmaker’s wet dream is to have their film picked up…

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Three Ways the Film Industry Will Change


I ask every single filmmaker I meet the same question: why did you want to make your film? The answers vary from filmmaker to filmmaker, from film school to no film school and from film to film. The most common answer is to make money. Next is fame (or to use the film as a…


VIDEO: Elliot Grove Interview – Film Festivals, Independent Filmmaking and Social Media


Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for…


Does Your Script Have a Ghost?


THIS USEFUL GUIDE should be referred to whenever you get stuck. Ask yourself the following questions, and see if you can unlock your story, and discover the fractures in your story. Premise the premise is fractured the premise is not spoken to in enough scenes the premise doesn’t speak to a larger theme the premise…

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Pitching Your Script: Sell the Sizzle not the Steak


Tips For Pitching 1. Reading notes: The sure-fire way to bomb in a pitch meeting.  Don’t read, ever. You cannot look passionate if you are reading from notes. Refer to a few notes made on an index card if you are worried about freezing in your pitch. But I know you won’t freeze, because you…

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Seven Tips on Preparing to Market Your Script


There are two things that writers hate – writers hate writing and writers really hate selling. Unless you master the art of selling, you will never be a professional screenwriter – no one will pay you for your work. And selling your work need not be a painful and dreaded experience. In fact, it can…

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What Social Media Really Means To The Film Industry


  Valentine’s Day 2005 was a momentous day in the history of cinema – a date overlooked by the moguls of Hollywood and the learned film scholars. It was the day that the three co-founders of registered the URL at a website called The launch of this social media website itself took a…

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