The David Thomas Progress Mentorship Prize





2014 - Beth Sabey

Beth Sabey was the first recipient of the Progress Mentorship Award, 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, UN*DEPENDANCE Film Festival, Bertha DocHouse screen 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, more of which you can view here.



2015 - Joe Eggleston

Joe Eggleston was the second winner of the Progress Mentorship Award. During his time at Progress, he Produced a documentary on THE REAL JUNK FOOD PROJECT, an international group of cafes, projects and pop-ups with the aim of reducing 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.



2016 - Maria Hanlon

Maria Hanlon was the third annual winner of the Progress Mentorship Award.  During the mentorship, Maria Produced a short film PARKY following the life of 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 embark on life as a Freelance Filmmaker. 


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, and combines digital footage with content filmed on a Super 8 camera. 








2018 - Zoe McElya

Zoe McElya started producing challenging and thought-provoking work while studying a BA graphic design course which she completed this year. 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 complex relationship between religion and mental health.