Thomas Freundlich

Projection Designer, videographer

Thomas Freundlich is one of the leading forces behind Finland’s independent dance-film scene. Coming to filmmaking from a career as choreographer and dancer, 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 a filmmaker and cinematographer, Freundlich’s work ranges from dance shorts, documentary work and performance videography to music videos and projection design for the stage. His work has been seen at some 350 film festivals worldwide as well as on broadcast channels including Arte, Yle, SVT, NRK and TSN. Freundlich’s recent film work includes Cold Storage (2016), which has, to date, received 40 awards worldwide; as well as Rooted with Wings (Yle/SVT 2018), a documentary on the work of Tero Saarinen. Third Practice (2019) is his first time as part of Tero Saarinen’s team in a TSC creation.