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 stage 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 and multi-camera performance videography to music videos and projection design for the stage. He has directed and/or shot hundreds of live performance captures, trailers and promo videos for dance, opera and theatre companies and orchestras. Freundlich’s film work has been seen at over 350 festivals worldwide as well as on broadcast channels including Arte, Yle, SVT, NRK, NHK, RSI and TSN. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Freundlich was the co-artistic director of Finland’s Loikka dance film festival. His dance short films include Cold Storage (2016), which has, to date, received 40 awards and over 280 festival selections. For the last three years (2017–2019), Cold Storage has been the most widely screened Finnish short film of any genre at festivals worldwide.