2018 - ZOE McELYA

Zoe McElya started producing challenging and thought-provoking work while studying a BA graphic design course which she completed in 2018. During this time she made several short films based around themes of visualising truths and forcing perspectives.

Her ambitious and inquisitive nature are qualities that she hopes to carry forward in the production of her film under the Progress mentorship, looking into the power of community through Cascade, a local Brighton cafe helping former addicts on their road to recovery.


2017 - TOM DWYER

Tom graduated from the University of Brighton in 2017 where he studied Film and Screen Studies. His short film, Super Reimagined Dreamland premiered at the David Thomas Awards Evening in May 2018. The short film revolves around the theme of nostalgia, with a focus on the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, combining digital footage with content filmed on a Super 8 camera.



Maria Hanlon was the third annual winner of the Progress Mentorship Prize. During the mentorship, Maria Produced a short film Parky. The film follows the talented Brighton street artist Parky Doodles as he develops and hones his creative skills using the city as his canvas. The film premiered to a full house at the 2017 David Thomas Awards Screening Evening at The Brighton Studio.

Following on from the mentorship, Maria joined Progress as a Kit Technician before moving to London to pursue a career as a Freelance Filmmaker.



Joe Eggleston was the second winner of the Progress Mentorship Prize. During his time at Progress, he produced a documentary on The Real Junk Food Project, an international group of cafes, projects and pop-ups who aim to reduce the amount of food waste produced by humanity.

Following on from the mentorship, Joe spent two years at Progress as a Production Assistant before moving onto BBC Creative where he currently holds a role as a Junior Production Manager.



Beth Sabey was the first recipient of the Progress Mentorship Prize, which she won alongside the Student Filmmaker Prize. While at Progress she produced a short documentary Sunny which went on to screen at BFI Future Film Festival, Undependence Film Festival, Bertha DocHouse screening for mental health awareness month, Docheads and Brighton Cinecity Film Festival.

Following on from the Mentorship, Beth went back to education, graduating with a Merit MA in Visual Anthropology from The University of Manchester. She continues to produce work which has roots in social activism.