This Autumn, Canon embraces grassroots moviemaking by sponsoring the 15th Raindance Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent film festival and one of Europe’s most creative. Raindance runs from 25 September to 7 October, across central London.
Canon’s presence at this year’s Raindance Film Festival includes its sponsorship of a new award category, the Canon Best Cinematography Award, demonstration stands and a technical masterclass, hosted by leading figures within the film industry, Anthony Dod Mantle and Stefan Ciupek.
Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance, added: “It is great news that Canon is supporting independent filmmakers at this year’s Raindance Festival – including sponsorship of the Best Cinematographer Award. Canon and Raindance are natural partners since Canon HD camcorders are ideal tools for up-and-coming filmmakers.”
“Canon is proud to support the 15th Raindance Film Festival,” said Jacco Leurs, Marketing Director, Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Many independent moviemakers already use Canon HD products and we hope to encourage them to feed their imagination and be inspired at Raindance.”
Canon Best Cinematography Award
The Canon Best Cinematography Award is a new, Canon-sponsored award category at this year’s Raindance Film Festival. Recognising the best cinematographer in a short film, the winner will receive a Canon XH A1 High Definition camcorder as their prize.
Under the umbrella theme Creative Clarity, Canon’s participation at Raindance is intended to enable young and emerging filmmakers to realise their creative vision. The empowering qualities of its HD products will be highlighted in a range of promotional activities.
Canon HD Masterclass: On Saturday 29 September, at 4.30pm, the Canon HD Masterclass will be jointly hosted by acclaimed cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle and Stefan Ciupek, one of Europe’s leading HD technicians. The multimedia class will offer tips and tricks for shooting in High Definition and will last for approximately 90 minutes. Patrons are advised to arrive early for this session as a full house is expected. The Masterclass will take place at Cineworld, Trocadero Centre, 13 Coventry Street.
The Making of Raindance: An exclusive insider documentary – sponsored by Canon – will reveal just how much work goes into putting a festival together. Shot by Jonathan Caouette, director of the cult documentary Tarnation (2003), the movie will uncover all of the action from behind the scenes. The finished film will be previewed at the closing night party and subsequently screened on Raindance’s very own online TV channel .
Touch & Try: Raindance attendees will also have the opportunity to get hands-on and learn about HD shooting with the Canon HV20 – Canon’s popular consumer camcorder. Touch & Try stands will be located in London’s Trocadero Centre, at 1 Piccadilly Circus, and will be open daily during the periods 27-29 September and 4-6 October.
Canon’s HD line-up
Canon’s HD product line-up comprises a full range of high quality camcorders, from consumer point-and-shoot models – including the HR10 and the multi-award-winning prosumer HV20 – to professional-standard kit.
Canon’s professional 3CCD X series range includes the broadcast-ready XL H1 and XH G1, as well as the XH A1 – the tool of choice for independent moviemakers. The XH A1 combines a compact design with outstanding image quality, complete control over image variables, and a genuine progressive shooting mode (25p).