Dave Thomas

Film + TV Director


  • 1 Billion
    2017 — Documentary Short — 10 mins
  • Everyone Matters
    2018 — Documentary
  • Aretha
    2019 — Short Film — 12 mins
  • The Journey to Pride
    2024 — Documentary Film — 90 mins
  • Seven Moments in Time
    2024 — Short drama Film — 15 mins
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Disappear Here Film Festival — Short Film Award. 1 Billion
  • 2018 — Nominee
    The Monthly Film Festival (TMFF) — Best Documentary Short. 1 Billion
  • 2018 — Winner
    Royal Wolf Film Awards — Best of Month Award - December . 1 Billion
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Queen Palm International Film Festival — Best Documentary Short. 1 Billion
  • 2018 — Nominee
    Independent Shorts Awards — Honourable Mention. 1 Billion
  • 2019 — Winner
    Hollywood Blood Horror Festival — Best First Time Director, Best Drama. Aretha
  • 2019 — Winner
    Aab International Film Festival (AIFF) — Best Documentary Film. 1 Billion
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Changing Face International Film Festival — Best Short Drama. Aretha
  • 2019 — Nominee
    Underground Cinema Awards — Best Short Documentary. 1 Billion
  • 2020 — Winner
    Big Syn International Film Festival UK — Special Mention Award . 1 Billion
  • 2020 — Winner
    Big Syn International Film Festival UK — Best Short Film. Aretha
  • 2020 — Winner
    The Bluenose Ability Arts And Film Festival Nova Scotia — Finalist. Aretha
  • 2020 — Honourable Mention
    Queen Palm International Film Festival — Best Short Film- Drama. Aretha
  • 2021 — Honourable Mention
    Jim Sheridan Short Film Competition — Best Short Documentary Film. 1 Billion
  • 2021 — Nominee
    Underground Cinema Awards — Rising Star Award. Aretha
  • 2023 — Winner
    Close Film Festival — Best Short Film/Best Cinematography/Best Editing/SFX. Aretha
  • 2023 — Winner
    Tokyo Film Awards — Best Inspirational Film. Aretha
  • 2023 — Winner
    Gladiator Film Festival — Best Short Film. Aretha

Dave Thomas works as a Film Director, Film Producer, Screenplay Writer, Radio Producer, Presenter, and Journalist. His production company Bella Vision Ltd., trades as Dave Thomas Films, is located in Arklow, County Wicklow.

Often working for Ireland’s biggest media companies—RTE Radio & TV, Newstalk 106-108FM Radio, The Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Independent, RTE Guide, Circa Magazine, Irish Stage and Screen magazine and many more.

He developed and designed publications, developed/invented an educational Board Game (available all over Europe) for people with an intellectual disability, co-founded/Managed a multi-award winning national Arts Centre for people with disabilities working on a global level.

Dave is a multi-award winner for Screenplays at national and international Film Festivals. His Documentary Film ‘1 Billion (Produced/Written/Directed/Edited) is winning awards at International Film Festivals. It has been screened in Australia, America, India, Ireland and Europe. Dave has won ‘Best Director’ in Los Angeles, ‘Best Producer’ in Milan in 2019 while the film has won ‘Best Documentary’ around the world. It has been acquired by global streaming platform, Amazon Prime Video and FestHomeTV.

Aretha’ is a film written, directed and co-produced by Dave with his award winning screenplay. Funded through winning the FilmOffaly Bursary Award 2018. The film has won ‘Best Drama’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Writer’, ‘Best Editing‘, ‘Best SFX’ and lots more.

‘Aretha’ is with sales agent Network Ireland TV and it has been acquired by and Kanopy. It has also been inflight entertainment on Aer Lingus.

His Feature Documentary Debut ‘The Journey to Pride, Produced/Written/Directed, will hit film festivals in 2024.

A short drama/comedy which is Produced/Written/Directed by Dave titled ‘Seven Moments in Time‘ will go into Production in Spring 2024. The screenplay has been Officially Selected and has Won at national and international film/screenplay festivals.