INDEPENDENT world cinema
Thunderdance film festival (TFF) is a bi-annual event set in the heart of Hackney. TFF focuses on independent cinema from around the globe and is split into a light and dark event spanning over a weekend of film screenings and networking.
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.
The light event aims to champion all mediums & modes of film making, including narrative, music videos, animation & fashion films to name a few. The dark event solely focuses on darker and deeper subject matter. Ranging from thrillers & horror's to psychology and mental health based narratives.
This past June we had our first ever pop up in Cannes, France. In honour of it’s location it was themed crime of passion. The event consisted of a screening where we showcased up and coming director’s winning films along with an afterparty served in the beautiful Cannes sun.
Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few. Fearless behind the lens, his imagery has become engrained in contemporary iconography.
He began his career co-founding the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused. He has since remained a prevalent force in publishing with AnOther Magazine, the bi-annual Hunger Magazine and over 42 books to his name.
A film fanatic, Rankin soon turned his hand to directing moving image. As both a photographer and director, he has created landmark editorial and advertising campaigns for some of the biggest and most celebrated publications, brands and charities
Rutger’s film & television credits and awards run into several A4 pages. His film and television highlights include; ‘Blade Runner’, ‘The Hitcher’,’ Blind Fury’, ‘Sin City’, ‘ Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ and ‘The Osterman Weekend’. Recent television credits include the roles of Ravn, in ‘The Last Kingdom’, and Niall Brigant in Season 6 of HBO’s ‘True Blood’.
In 2006 he set up the “Rutger Hauer Film Factory” (based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands), with the Communications and Media School 'In Holland'. The organization brings young talents in the filmmaking world alongside renowned filmmakers who share their knowledge and experience during workshops.
He is well-known in the advertising world for his Guinness commercials and being the voice of the awarded Lurpak butter campaign. In 1999, Hauer won the Dutch ‘Best Actor of the Century Rembrandt Awards’.
Tiger Savage is the Creative Director of SAVAGE & KING London and our new judge for the experimental category! She has been voted one of Advertising’s Superwomen of 2018. She has worked with numerous brands such as Nike, Adidas, Kronenbourg 1661, Coca-Cola and Levi’s.
Tiger’s work has earned her countless awards, including D&AD’s, Cannes Lions, Campaign Poster Awards and British Arrows to name but a few.
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.
Barry has also just completed Godzilla: King Of Monsters and is currently in post-production on the new instalment of Bad Boys.
Andy spent his formative years at Pinewood Studios and around the West End, literally studying at the knee of his father, film, TV and stage director Christopher Morahan (‘Jewel in the Crown’/’Clockwise’). He graduated from St Martin’s College and was at the centre of the music video revolution in the late 80’s, through the 90’s and into the new millennium.
Many awards and international recognition followed, including the MTV Award For Best Director for George Michael’s Father Figure and Best Video for Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain.
David Nutter won a 2015 Emmy Award for directing the “Mother’s Mercy” episode of GAME OF THRONES; in addition, the acclaimed “Rains Of Castamere” episode (aka “The Red Wedding”), from the program’s third season, garnered David both a DGA nomination for directing and was the Hugo Award-winner for “best dramatic presentation of 2014.”
David previously won the Emmy for directing BAND OF BROTHERS in 2002, and has been nominated for the “Iwo Jima” episode of THE PACIFIC (along with co-director Jeremy Podeswa), as well as the “Join The Club” episode of THE SOPRANOS. In addition to episodes of ENTOURAGE, SHAMELESS, and HOMELAND, David has directed 21 one-hour drama pilots, 19 of which have been picked up to series; his most recent pilots are ARROW, THE FLASH, and DECEPTION.
Ram is one of India's most respected filmmakers. His debut feature film "Let's Talk” premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, and won the Screen 'Best Actor' award for Boman Irani and 'Best Debut Director' at the Srinivas Gollapudi National Awards.
Ram’s biographical film on Neerja Bhanot “Neerja" has been one of the highest grossing Indian films with a female lead in history, winning 'Best Hindi Feature Film' at the National Film Awards, 'Best Director' at the Screen Awards, Stardust Awards and Zee Cine Awards, and 'Best Film' at the Filmfare Awards.
This year's Thunderdance music video judge is none other than Ilya Naishuller, known for his music video ‘Bad Motherf**kr’ - which doubled up as both music video for his own band, Biting Elbows, and branded content for the Russian vodka, Neft. The film has amassed over 130 million views.
He has also recently done a music video 'False Alarm' for The Weeknd. This was an epic action packed return to POV, coinciding with the release of The Weeknd's latest album "Starboy".
Jodie Cariss is a Drama Therapist, and founder of Self Space and CarissCreative. Jodie works with creatives and media agencies to promote social and cultural changes, and believes in understanding human behaviours using real-life challenges to pave a way forward for change.
Self Space offers an opportunity for a good conversation with a qualified person, with the probability that you’ll leave feeling better than when you came in! Self Space doesn’t just offer crisis management (although they do that too) they believe in talking about where you're at, where you’re going and where you’ve come from, so that you can reach your potential.
François Nemeta starts directing music videos in his teen bedroom in the 80’s.
After graduating cinema school in Paris, he meets young Michel Gondry and becomes his assistant, learning clever cinematography technical skills for three years.
François acquires his own 16mm Bolex cameras and directs his first short films, quickly followed by successful music videos (#1 “Lady” by Modjo) and international commercials and campaigns.
François films edgy real-life movies, always with a unique talent for capturing subtle humour and emotions.He is currently preparing his first feature.
Olympia Cinema - Cannes, FRANCE.
EVENT COMPLETE. STAY TUNED FOR NEXT EVENT.
Right in the heart of the action. Come join us in Cannes on June 18th for our first ever pop up festival in Cannes.
A BEAUTIFUL CINEMA, PERFECT FOR SCREENING THIS YEARS WINNERS. DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM VIA FILM FREEWAY BEFORE THE 1ST OF JUNE.
THIS YEAR WE ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL CRIME OF PASSION CATEGORY, INFLUENCED BY OUR SURROUNDINGS OF COURSE.
CANNES 2019 RESULTS
Directed by: Tim Wilkime
Sponsored by: Division Productions
Judged by: Francois Nemeta
Cinematography by: David Wright
Colour by: Jonny Tully
Sponsored by: CHEAT IT
Judged by: Rankin
BEST music video
Starring: Olivia Norris
Sponsored by: Vaudeville
Judged by: Ilya Naishuller
Directed by: Michelle Coomber
Sponsored by: Kanzaman Films
Judged by: Ram Madhvani
BEST mental health based narrative
THE JOHN SHOW
Directed by: Julie Sokolow
Sponsored by: McCann Health
Judged by: Jodie Cariss
Thunderdance festival choice
UNDER THE MOONLIGHT
Directed by: Jia Shijun
Judged by: Thunderdance
Crime of passion
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Directed by: Karel van Bellingen
Sponsored by: Little Black Book
Judged by: Barry H Waldman
Directed by: Iggy LDN
Sponsored by: Shift 4
Judged by: Tiger Savage
Directed by: Jacob A.R Mannstaedt
Performance by: Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen
Best Director Sponsored by: Great Guns
Best Actor Sponsored by: Talent Republic
Judged by: David Nutter & Rutger Hauer