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THUNDERDANCE

FILM FESTIVAL

 
 
 
 
 
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INDEPENDENT world cinema

East 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 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.

LIGHT

The light event aims to champion all mediums & modes of film making, including narrative, music videos, animation & fashion films to name a few.

DARK

The dark event solely focuses on darker and deeper subject matter. Ranging from thrillers & horror's to psychology and mental health based narratives.

 
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POP UPS

The theme of this year’s pop-up, in honour of its location, is ‘Crime of Passion’.

The event will consist of a screening, where we will be showcasing amazing films from up-and-coming directors, followed by cocktails and nibbles served in the beautiful Cannes sun.

Get your tickets HERE

THE PANEL

2018 judges


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Rutger Hauer

Is a Dutch actor. His flm, television and gaming 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 Ravnin ‘The Last Kingdom’, and Niall Brigant in Season 6 of HBO’s ‘True Blood’.  He was the voice of Daniel Lazarski in the video game ‘Observer’, created by Bloober Team.  

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’. 

Mary Wild

Mary Wild runs a lecture series at Freud Museum London, applying psychoanalysis to film studies.

Her research focuses on representations of mental illness, identity and the unconscious.

She loves the horror genre, ontological thrillers, and surrealist cinema. Her favourite auteurs are David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Darren Aronofsky and Stanley Kubrick.

Lee Hickman

Lee Hickman is the sole owner and MD of Wizzo & Co, an Agency representing below the line talent including Cinematographers, Production Designers, Costume Designers and Hair & Make Up Designers. The Agency's award winning talent work on features, television drama, commercials and music promos - features include Disobedience directed by Oscar winning Sebastian Leilo, to the Netflix Original feature film Mute, directed by Duncan Jones, to God's Own Country, the directorial debut of writer / director Francis Lee - www.wizzoandco.co.uk

SHAUN CLARK

Shaun Clark has directed an eclectic array of award winning animated films since the early 90′s. His films have been BAFTA nominated and won prizes at Clermont Ferrand, the British Animation awards and in 2017 he won the Méliès d'argent prize.

His films have earned him praise for his use of different techniques and styles of storytelling. Shaun resides in London where he works at Flicker Mill as an animation director.

David Nutter

David Nutter is a two-time Emmy Award winner (for “The Replacements” chapter of BAND OF BROTHERS and the “Mother’s Mercy” episode of GAME OF THRONES); his other directing credits include the "Guadalcanal” and “Iwo Jima” episodes of THE PACIFIC for HBO, as well as episodes of THE SOPRANOS, ENTOURAGE, SHAMELESS, HOMELAND, and NetFlix’s recent LOST IN SPACE.  In addition, Nutter has directed the pilot episodes of SUPERNATURAL, ARROW, THE FLASH, and seventeen other other drama pilots. 

Roar Uthaug

Roar Uthaug graduated from The Norwegian National Filmschool in 2002. His graduation film The Martin Administration was nominated for a Student Academy Award. His debut feature Cold Prey (2006) was a huge box office hit in Norway, sold to more than 40 countries and spawned two sequels.

He went on to co-direct the children’s adventure Magic Silver (2009), an even bigger success.

The medieval actioneer Escape (2012) followed, selling to more than 70 countries and putting Roar on Variety’s list of 10 Euro Directors To Watch. His fourth feature The Wave (2015), the first ever Scandinavian disaster movie, was the highest grossing film in Norway that year and the official Norwegian entry for the Academy Awards. All his films have travelled extensively on the international festival circuit.

In between features Roar has directed commercials across the globe, winning numerous awards. In 2018 Roar made his first Hollywood movie Tomb Raider starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander as the iconic Lara Croft. 

SUE TILLEY

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.

SHAUN SIPOS

Canadian-born Shaun is currently a series regular in the role of Adam Strange in Syfy’s Superman prequel Krypton based on DC characters created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, David Goyer and Cameron Welsh. Krypton is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. They are currently filming their Second Season.

Some of Shaun’s TV credits include CW's Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Life Unexpected and the films Final Destination 2, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Rampage, Grudge 2.


 

NOVEMBER 2018 RESULTS

BEST DIRECTOR

WINNER - SALT

RUNNER UP - THE OLD WOMAN BY THE SEA

Director: Esme Hicks

Director: Rob Savage

BEST DARK NARRATIVE

WINNER - RODNEY

RUNNER UP - THE OLD WOMAN BY THE SEA

Director: Fred Rowson

Director: Esme Hick

 

BEST MENTAL HEALTH

BASED NARRATIVE

Runner Up - EAT PRETTY

WINNER - WEIGHT

 

Director: Rebecca Culverhouse

Director: Chris Neil

BEST EXPERIMENTAL

RUNNER UP - LOVE SICK VARLA

WINNER - HELTER SKELTER

Director: Noah Lee

Director: Denna Cartamkhoob

BEST ACTOR

RUNNER UP - FORGET ME NOT

Winner - RODNEY

Director: Florine & Kim Nüesch

Director: Fred Rowson

BEST ANIMATION

RUNNER UP - A LA DERIVE

WINNER - HAPPINESS

Director: Steve Cutts

Director: Cyprien Clément-Delmas

 

BEST THRILLER/HORROR

WINNER - SHADOWS OF MY MIND

RUNNER UP - iMEDIUM

Director: Peter Harton

Director: Alfonso García

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

WINNER - WIT H IN

RUNNER UP - KAATUNGA

Cinematographer: Adam Barnett

Cinematographer: Benoit Jones-Vallée

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2019 Cannes

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WHERE:

Olympia Cinema - Cannes, FRANCE.

WHEN: 

JUNE 18th 2019 - 3pm local time

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Right in the heart of the action. Come join us in Cannes on June 18th for our first ever pop up festival in Cannes.

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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.

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