Markus Blunder is an internationally acclaimed photographer, advertising director and filmmaker known for his stunning visuals and emotionally true character portrayal.
Building on his award-winning career as a music video director with David Fincher’s famed Propaganda Films (where he helmed dozens of videos for the likes of Shania Twain, En Vogue, Des’ree, Metallica, Slayer, Texas and The Gypsy Kings), Markus Blunder segued into the world of commercials and quickly established himself – according to the Cannes issue of Campaign Magazine – as “one of the world’s hottest new directors”.
Leaving a blazing trail of award-winning global campaigns in his wake (for the likes of Lexus, Mercedes, Audi, American Express, Nintendo, Mitsubishi, Bank of China, T-Online and Samsung Mobile Phones), Markus returned to his Austrian homeland in 2013 to produce and direct his debut indie feature, ‘Autumn Blood’ (currently available on Netflix US).
Receiving wide critical acclaim from around the world and garnering best picture awards at both the San Diego and Hollywood film festivals, Markus' debut was declared the best foreign movie of 2014 by The Chicago Examiner whilst LA Weekly described it, "as if Herzog had decided to film a Western in the Austrian Alps.”
The Icelander Gisli Gislason was born in Reykjavik in August 1960. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Iceland in 1986 and opened his own law office the same year.
Alongside his law practice he has been active in the business sector. He has set up REMAX system in Iceland and Denmark (www.remax.com) and sold both companies (in 2003 and 2006). He got involved in the movie industry in 2009 when his friend for many years, Ingvar Thordarson, made him an offer that he could not refuse. Gisli is now one of the owners of movie companies in Iceland, Austria and Germany, www.kisi.is , www.dreamrunnerpictures.com and www.eeethree.com.
Gisli is currently living in Iceland with his wife (for 30 years) and their five children (and two grandchildren) and he is the president of The Association of Innovators and Inventors in Iceland and the owner and CEO of Northern Lights Energy Ltd, www.nle.is.
Educated in Reykjavík and Boston, Ingvar Thordarson has been a creative driving force in various fields of the arts over the past two decades as film producer.
Features, documentaries and short films produced by Ingvar have won prestigious awards at film festivals worldwide, while achieving high commercial success. Some of these high-profile productions include The Bothersome Man (Jens Lien, 2006), which won the critics' award at Cannes; Astropia (Gunnar B. Gudmundsson, 2007), which achieved the highest box-office success in Iceland; Jitters (Baldvin Zophoníasson, 2010); and Tom of Finland (Dome Karukoski, 2017).
Ingvar is recognized for his ability to initiate, develop, produce and promote films and other artistic events in the most inclement of arctic environments. He presented over 40 screenings at Iceland’s first and only outdoor drive-in cinema; ran a Reykjavík movie theatre, combining commercial success with artistic integrity; promoting projects by ground-breaking artists including David Bowie, Sting, Richard O'Brien, Eddie Izzard, Prodigy and Pet Shop Boys.
Formerly a Hollywood-based communications specialist with over 20 years experience in the creation of numerous marketing strategies on behalf of the world's largest corporations and major film studios, Dennis has developed high-value strategic alliances with the producers of the James Bond franchise and the producer partners of Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay on various film properties including Minority Report and the Mission Impossible franchise.
As part of his consulting work for Disney, Dennis imagineered their most extensive European retail promotion and largest roadshow ever rolled out in Europe, in the latter case touring 80 cities in 12 countries, attracting over 500,000 visitors and nearly $40m worth of media publicity in return for a total production and co-marketing spend of $9m, thanks largely to alliances created with AmEx and Hasbro.
Topping his Hollywood career as the lead entertainment consultant to Microsoft, Dennis aligned the Windows, MSN and HP brands with the world's largest film franchise by conceiving and negotiating a $20m global co-marketing campaign and a 3-minute product placement scene with James Bond.
Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Junyan is a protégée of the renowned Chinese contemporary ink artist, art historian and filmmaker Bingyi Huang, with whom she has worked on various cultural projects.
Recipient of a scholarship to study at SciencesPo Paris at the age of seventeen – where she obtained her Bachelor degree (with honors) in Asian Studies and Political Sciences – Junyan has also studied Art History at Mount Holyoke College, USA, and has obtained her Master of Law in Intellectual Property at the Law School of SciencesPo Paris.
Fully trilingual in Chinese, English, and French (with additional proficiency in German and Japanese), Junyan is determined to share her passion for culture, language and the arts with a global audience thanks to her new position as Producer's Assistant to DreamRunner's founders.
Born in Changsha, China, Cilin gained his BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts with a Major in Film Studies from King’s College London, UK. Having also studied Politics at the Peking University, Beijing, Cilin was the recipient of a scholarship to read Film Studies at the University of Sydney.
Fluent in Mandarin and English, he has written various art and film articles for The Art Newspaper in China and taken the Assistant Director role on the Anglo-Chinese co-production film “SUSU”, selected for screening by several festivals (including the Beijing International Film Festival), and now due for release in Q4 2018. In addition to his new duties as Producer's Assistant to DreamRunner's founders, he also programs Chinese cinema for the Seattle International Film Festival and the UK’s Filming East Festival.