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

The awards have been set up in the memory of Brighton Filmmaker David Thomas by The University of Brighton and The Progress Film Company, both of whom David had a close connection with, as well as the Thomas family who oversee the fundraising for the prizes.

The awards consist of three main prizes:

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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.

The 2019 awards were held on 22nd May with Connor Kinsey winning the award. Check back early next year for information on the 2020 prize.

THE DAVID THOMAS EMERGING FILMMAKER PRIZE

£250 Prize Money

The David Thomas Emerging Filmmaker Prize is open to any filmmaker with a strong link to Brighton who has completed their short film (max length 15 minutes) whilst under the age of 27. A shortlist will be drawn up from submitted films and the best three films will be screened at the David Thomas Awards Evening on 22nd May. A screening audience vote will be held to decide the winner, which will be announced at the end of the awards.

The 2019 awards were held on 22nd May with Faye Fillingham winning the Emerging Filmmaker Prize for her short film, Punchline. Check back early next year for information on the 2020 prize.

THE DAVID THOMAS STUDENT FILMMAKER PRIZE

£250 Prize Money

The David Thomas Student Filmmaker Prize is open to any student at the University of Brighton who has made a film on a School of Humanities or School of Media filmmaking module. The top two films, (judged by a committee set up by the University of Brighton) will be screened at The David Thomas Awards Evening 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. The winner is selected by a committee from the University of Brighton.