The David Thomas Awards are a collection of prizes, screening events and workshops supporting emerging Brighton filmmakers. The awards aim to help exceptional graduating students from The University of Brighton bridge the gap between education and industry, whilst also supporting young filmmakers already working in the city.  

The awards have been set up in the memory of Brighton Filmmaker David Thomas and are run by The University of Brighton and The Progress Film Company, both of whom David had a close connection with.  Each award combines a financial prize (coming from various fundraising activities by the Thomas family), with an offer in-kind from a local company. 

There are three main prizes on offer:

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The David Thomas Progress Mentorship Prize

£250 Prize Money
Production support from The Progress Film Company

The David Thomas Progress Mentorship Prize is open to any student in their graduating year from The University of Brighton. This award allows students to direct a short film over the course of the following year with the full production support of The Progress Film Company. You can view the 3 previous winner's films HERE

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN. TO APPLY CLICK HERE

You will be asked to give a brief overview of the film which you plan to make and how it will benefit your career path.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a one on one workshop session at Progress where the idea can be discussed and developed.  The winner of the prize (chosen by a committee set up by the University of Brighton) will be announced at the David Thomas Awards Evening on 30th May 2018. 

N.B. Applications close on the 3rd May 2018


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The David Thomas Emerging Filmmaker Prize

£250 Prize Money
Promotion Hire Voucher worth £250

The David Thomas Emerging Filmmaker Prize is open to any filmmaker with a strong link to Brighton who have completed their short film whilst under the age of 27.   A shortlist will be drawn up from submitted films and the best 3 films will be screened at the David Thomas Awards Evening on the 30th May 2018.   A screening audience vote will be held to decide the winner, which will  announced at the end of the awards.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN.  TO APPLY CLICK HERE. 

N.B. Applications close on the 15th May 2018


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The David Thomas Student Filmmaker Prize

£250 Prize Money
Complimentary hire at The Brighton Studio worth £380

The David Thomas Student Filmmaker Prize is open to any School of Humanities student at the University of Brighton who’ve made a film as part of their degree.  The top 2 films, (judged by a committee set up by the University of Brighton) will be screened at The David Thomas Awards Evening on the 30th May and the winner announced at the end of the screening.

The two films with the highest grade from each filmmaking module are automatically entered for this prize by University tutors.