Thunderdance is an annual event set in the heart of the East London at the beautifully re-built 1920's 'The Castle' cinema. The festival aims to support independent cinema from around the globe and provide a platform for emerging talent to be seen and heard.

Throughout our 4 year tenure, we have hosted 5 Thunderdance events and this marks it's six edition. We have had a history of diverse judges with renowned directors, producers, actors and influencers and aim to keep the recognition of talent accessible to all.

UPDATE 4th December 2020:

We just want to say a big thank you to all who submitted to the festival this year and well done to those who have been selected. Some truly outstanding work has been heavily debated during the judging process and there were some heated arguments over zoom to arrive at the final selection.

With the pandemic this year, we will not be hosting a physical event. However, we want to reassure all those who have been selected that there are exciting developments in the pipeline for the relaunch of the festival in 2021, including a new website to showcase the work from 2020 and the development of a platform to champion emerging talent going forward.

We are reinvesting in the brand this year and are completely overhauling Thunderdance for 2021 and we feel that it will become a platform that you will feel truly proud to be hosted on.

Thank you,
Team Thunderdance

A physical award will be given to the Winners of the festival.
Honourable Mentions will be given a feature on the Thunderdance website.

Please take note that maximum timings per category is 20 minutes

Selections will be promoted online.

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Overall Rating
  • Ben Hector

    Josh & Ruby are lovely and the quality of films exceeded expectations. Great audience and atmosphere and a pleasure to attend.

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Ben is an extremely talented film maker, with a very exciting future it was lovely to have you at the event!



  • Silvio Cantoro

    I wish long life at this festival.

    June 2018
  • Oscar Barany

    Really fun night, organisers were so friendly and made sure it was a really welcoming environment.

    December 2017
  • Rafael ValĂ©rio

    It has an honor to have my film CHOICE selected in 2017. Sadly the film didn't made it to finalists, but the communication went great and the selection seemed very good. Hoping this festival will only get bigger and bigger!

    December 2017
  • mohammad poustindouz

    One of The Best festival

    November 2017