THE VETERAN FILMMAKER WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN AN “IN CONVERSATION WITH” DISCUSSION DURING THE FESTIVAL
The Raindance Film Festival today announced that legendary and multi-award winning British filmmaker, Ken Loach will receive the Festival’s first-ever Raindance Auteur Award, recognising his achievements in filmmaking and contribution to the film industry.
Best known globally for his films that highlight various British socio-economic issues, Ken Loach won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his latest film, I, Daniel Blake, in UK cinemas October 21st.
The award will be presented by Raindance Founder Elliot Grove, on Thursday, September 29th, 2016, where Mr. Loach will also participate in an “In Conversation With” discussion spanning his career, films, the ever-changing film industry and what he may have in store for audiences in the future.
Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched a long career directing films for television and the cinema, from Cathy Come Home and Kes in the sixties to Land And Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 2006), Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share and I, Daniel Blake.
“We could not be more thrilled that Ken Loach will be the recipient of the Festival’s first-ever Raindance Auteur Award,” said Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance. “He has always been a great supporter of Raindance and as a prominent figure in the independent film industry and a filmmaker who, over the years, has changed the way we look at film, we could not think of a more fitting artistic talent for this award.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
eOne will be releasing I, Daniel Blake in the UK on October 21st, 2016.
The 24th Raindance Film Festival will take place from September 21st – October 2nd in London’s West End and will screen 108 feature films and 85 short films.
Last week the Festival announced its Opening & Closing Night films, Manu Riche’s Problemski Hotel and Dominik Moll’s News from Planet Mars. Both films will screen at Picturehouse Central on September 21st and October 2nd, respectively.
The Festival’s Music Strand, Co-Production Forum, Industry Days and additional jury members will be announced on September 13th, 2016.
A list of In Competition films as well as all features, shorts, web series and VR experiences can be found on the Festival website (raindancefestival.org).
Festival passes can be purchased here.
Industry can apply for accreditation here.