filmmaker / cinematographer / choreographer
CEO & creative lead, Lumikinos Production
Thomas Freundlich is one of the leading practitioners in Finland’s vibrantly growing independent dance film scene. Coming to filmmaking from a career as choreographer and dancer, Mr. Freundlich has choreographed some 35 works in Finland and worldwide, encompassing ensemble pieces, solos, contemporary opera, theatre and dance film. His work has been acknowledged with over 40 grants and awards from cultural foundations, arts councils and festivals in Finland and internationally.
As filmmaker and cinematographer, Mr. Freundlich’s work ranges from dance shorts, documentary work, performance videography and 3D projects to music videos and projection design for the stage. His work has been seen at over 200 film festivals worldwide as well as on broadcast channels including Arte, Yle, SVT, NRK and TSN. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Freundlich was the co-artistic director of Finland’s Loikka dance film festival. His recent short film work includes Cold Storage (2016), which has, to date, received 33 awards and some 220 festival selections. For the last two years (2017–2018), Cold Storage has been the most widely screened Finnish short film at festivals worldwide.