LFA Filmmaker's Club: Screening of award-winning short film 'Rain Catcher' and Q&A with creators

18 February 2021, 15:00-17:30

This event is exclusive to LFA Filmmakers' Club community (current LFA students and alumni).

We are thrilled to announce our series of LFA Filmmakers’ Club events celebrating the ‘Resurgence of Short Films’!

Our first event will be with the filmmakers of multiple award-winning short film ‘Rain Catcher’; LFA Alumnus Michele Fiascaris (Writer/Director) and Filippo Polesel (Writer/Producer).

'Rain Catcher' is a thriller noir short film starring rising British actor Dudley O’Shaughnessy, Jo Hartley, and Marcus Taylor. The film follows a voyeuristic photographer who is on a quest to uncover the identity of his stalker, a mysterious man who appears in his pictures.

Distributed by HBO, HBOGo and available on Amazon Prime, ‘Rain Catcher’ has been selected by several Oscar-qualifying and BAFTA-qualifying film festivals, has won the prestigious 'Silver Melies' award, and has been nominated for the ‘Golden Melies’ for Best European Short of Fantastic Genre of 2020 at Sitges Film Festival. Following the success of the short film, 'Rain Catcher' is currently being developed into a feature film!

Michele and Filippo will be sharing in-depth insight into their festival and distribution strategies, budgeting and financing, team development, the entire production process, as well as how to develop a short film into a feature!

Since graduating from our Filmmaking Diploma in 2010, Michele has been an active part of LFA's filmmaking community and LFA were delighted to help support the production of 'Rain Catcher'. Talking of his collaboration with LFA, Michele commented:

The LFA has not only helped me develop my filmmaking skills but also connected me to my closest collaborators, with whom I keep working to this day. The Academy has supported the project 'Rain Catcher' and has been instrumental in different areas of the production of the short film.


Michele Fiascaris, Filmmaking Diploma Graduate

Michele is an award-winning Writer-Director. He has written and directed numerous short films, commercials, documentaries, and the feature film 'Fat Cat'. Michele has directed content for BBC and BAFTA TV and for brands such as Nike, Lamborghini, P&G, Kiehl’s, FIAT, Barilla and numerous others, including the United Nations.

Filippo is an award-winning writer and producer of commercials, short films and documentaries. His advertising portfolio includes brands such as Fiat, Sony, P&G and Campbell’s amongst others. He has produced content for TV networks such as HBO, A&E and RAI. Filippo’s productions have been selected in several Oscar-qualifying festivals, including HollyShorts and the world’s foremost genre film festival, Sitges Film Festival. 

Michele and Filippo run an award-winning short film festival Shorts On Tap, which became the fastest-growing short film showcase in London with sold-out events and extensive media coverage. Shorts On Tap has been awarded the prestigious Film London Boost Award in 2015, and is now an international showcase with events planned in Berlin, and Tokyo. 

Together, Michele and Filippo also run Yellow Pill, an award-winning production company specialised in film, commercials, branded content and documentary.