In 2011, a small group of individuals became inspired by Raindance.org’s efforts and the potential of a growing film and arts community that is providing a new focus for many who live in the region. The Windsor Centre for Film launched Raindance Windsor-Detroit to bring opportunities that otherwise would not exist in the region for students, artists, volunteers, and job seekers. Raindance “chapters” have been established in major cities across the globe, and Windsor-Essex and Detroit filmmakers, writers/authors, designers and others are proudly ready to be a part of that scene.
Raindance.org, an international collective, was established in 1992 to provide information and advice to the then-struggling British independent film community. Dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film in both the UK and around the world. , Raindance is unique, combining film training courses with the UK’s only truly independent film festival, specializing in first-time filmmakers. Using the knowledge and contacts that have been built up over the years, Raindance has developed a global membership scheme that will help filmmakers on any budget, supplying the correct advice, increase film knowledge and put artists in touch with like-minded filmmakers. Today Raindance.org has film schools and chapters in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, New York, Paris, London (UK), Brussels, Berlin, Budapest – and now Windsor-Detroit.