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THUNDERDANCE

FILM FESTIVAL

 
 
 
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INDEPENDENT world cinema

DALSTON, LONDON

 

Thunderdance film festival (TFF) is a bi-annual event set in the heart of Hackney. TFF focuses on independent cinema from around the globe. We have a diverse judging panel of renowned directors, producers, actors and influencers. 

Our aim is to support every facet of independence in the arts. From the film maker to the popcorn maker.

Winning films are screened in local theatres followed by meet and greets and afterparties.

 

ONLY RUNNER UPS AND WINNERS WILL BE SCREENED

 

 

 

 

 

THE PANEL

2018 judges to be announced soon


2017 judges

BARRY H WALDMAN

Barry is one of Hollywood's leading film producers, born and raised in New York. After producing "Zooman" for Showtime, he decided to move on to feature films.  He’s produced some of our most treasured action movies, working with legendary directors including Michael Bay and the late Tony Scott. 

He has worked with Jerry Bruckheimer for over 15yrs.  He’s credits include, Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant; Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Bad Boys II, Gone in 60 Seconds, Armageddon and Pearl Harbour.  He has just wrapped Godzilla; King of Monsters for Legendary Entertainment.

COLIN SALMON

Well known for his role as Charles Robinson in the James Bond franchise, Colin Salmon is one of the most renowned British actors. Working with such directors as Paul W.S. Anderson appearing in the films Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator. Colin also does great work with charities, including being the patron of the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust.

ALEXEY RODIONOV

Born in Moscow in 1947, Alexey in his early years assisted Sergey Urusevcskij for The Cranes Flying, Soy Cuba from 1971, and his last film Sing Your Song, Poet. Rodionov then moved on as regular DOP and camera operator for Studio EKRAN of USSR Central Television and MOSFILM studio. Since 1993 going freelance, Alexey has recently created the beautiful cinematography for The Party directed by Sally Potter.

SHERIDaN THOMAS

Having worked in music videos for several years, Sheridan joined Great Guns in the mid 90’s, where he is now Global Executive Producer and Head of Integrated Production. He has produced commercials and music videos for many of the world’s biggest brands and artists, including recent multi-award winning pieces of work for Pampers, PETA, The Weeknd, Subaru and Nike. 

Sheridan is also a regular lecturer on the NFTS Commercials Directing course and the APA Masterclass and has been a speaker at several industry events including the LIA Creative Conversations and the McCann/Eli Lilly creative conference in Tokyo.

KATHY PHILLIPS

Kathy has been the Beauty Director of Conde Nast International for 12 years, particularly on Beauty shoots for Vogue Japan and Vogue China. Working with many of the best international photographers in Paris, New York and London. Within the last five years or so, these shoots have also included moving film to be used on Vogue websites and social media.

ANDY MORaHAN

A renowned British music video, commercial and film director most know for his acclaimed collaborations with the ‘who’s who’ of the rock and pop world: George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tears for Fears, AC/DC. Having directed such films as Goal III and Highlander III. Andy is currently working on his next feature release 'The Boogieman'.

 

SUE TILLY

Muse to Lucian Freud and 80's influencer Sue Tilly is no stranger to the world of art and writing. Sue also wrote a book about Leigh Bowery and has recently collaborated with Fendi and continues to influence the fashion and art world.

2017 RESULTS

BEST FICTION

RUNNER UP

WINNER

WINNER - BOSSMAN

RUNNER UP - BABY

Director: Mitch Kalisa & Someyeh Jafari
Director: Calum Macdiarmid

BEST FASHION

RUNNER UP - TRNDSXL

WINNER - THE SLEEPING FIELD

Director: That Jam
Director: Rupert van den Broek

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Runner Up - COCon

WINNER - BOSSMAN

Director: Sarah Lederman
Director: Calum Macdiarmid

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

RUNNER UP - EMELVI

WINNER - RED SIREN

Director: Calum Macdiarmid
Director: Nacho A Villar 

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

RUNNER UP - SOMEONE

Winner - HEAD OVER HEELS

Director: Mitch Kalisa & Someyeh Jafari
Director: Leonid Grigurko

 

BEST ANIMATION

RUNNER UP - THIRSTY

WINNER - COUNT YOUR CURSES

Director: Lor Haine Yavo
Director: Oscar Barany

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER - COCON

RUNNER UP - RED SIREN

Cinematographer: Nick Bennett
Cinematographer: Idan Datauker

 

BEST ACTOR

RUNNER UP - JANIE DEE/JAMES LAILEY

WINNER - Tobi Bakare

Director: Phil Lowe
Director: Tomisin Adepeju

 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

RUNNER UP - MARIANNE

WINNER - THE OTHERWORLD

Director: Tomisin Adepeju
Director: Florence Kosky
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2018 programme

WHERE:

First floor, 64-66 Brooksby's Walk
Hackney, London E9 6DA 

WHEN: 

SATURDAY - JUNE 9th 7 pm - 1 am

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The Castle Electric Theatre opened on 8th September 1913 as an independent single-screen cinema. Total seating was provided for 619 in stalls and a small balcony area.

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          THE BAR  

The Castle Cinema has seen numerous changes, and been many things to many people, since it was first built more than 100 years ago...

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FILM SUBMISSION

SUMMER 2018 ENTRIES NOW OPEN

 
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