Festival - Raindance Auteur Award

The recipient of the inaugural Raindance Auteur Award has been announced...

The Raindance Film Festival have 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, which will be released 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 and watch the trailer for I, Daniel Blake below.

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