Erin Brown Thomas photographed by Yessi Sanchez


Erin Brown Thomas is a genre-promiscuous writer/director who often plays in sandboxes of comedy and suspense, crafting dramas that masquerade as comedies until their final emotional gut punch. 

Her directing portfolio includes wins at the Academy Award-Qualifying Hollyshorts and Cinequest, as well as Catalyst Story Institute.  A dozen other Oscar-qualifying festivals have screened her work competitively and she’s twice competed at Cannes in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. 

Erin is a Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist and on the Coverfly Red List (top .07% of comedy projects in 2022).  Her writing has advanced at Sundance Development Track, Sundance New Voices, Austin Film Festival, and dozens more, with several first-place wins. 

She is the artistic director of Salute Your Shorts film festival, named “Best Film Festival” by USA Today in 2024.  Curation has deeply impacted her curiosity and voice as an artist.  Follow along on instagram.

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"A Question Of Service" Wins At Hollyshorts!

A Question of Service, a pilot directed by Erin and starring Narcos and WandaVision actor Hans Obma, won "Best TV" at the Academy Award-Qualifying Film Festival. 

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"Rekindled" takes top prize at Rom Com Fest

Rekindled starring Kelly Vrooman took the jury prize for best short film at Rom Com Fest in DTLA. Festival presenters included Crazy Ex Girlfriend Creator Rachel Bloom, SNL alum Casey Wilson, Burning Love star June Diane Raphael, and Legally Blonde co-writers Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith. Read more about the festival in The LA Times, Variety Magazine,  The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Magazine, and Dateline.

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Jury-Award Winner At Cinequest!

BUT FIRST... Won the jury prize for best music video at the Oscar Qualifying 2020 Cinequest Film Festival!

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"Erin is an amazing talent.  I literally don't know anyone who is working as hard, or more excited to learn, as she is."

Jeremy Howe

Writer, Producer (The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon)

“Erin has proved to be an invaluable asset, earning my trust quickly and becoming my true partner in the final stage of my film, Tokyo Project.  She has a fantastic eye, and a true director vision.  From Erin’s passion comes enormous creativity, and she executes it with the precision of a driven, talented filmmaker”

Richard Shepard

Emmy-Winning Director

“Erin thrives on set and brings a contagious enthusiasm to projects. I welcome her creative feedback.“

Rob Estes

Actor, Director (Melrose Place, 90210, CSI Miami)

“Erin is the industry authority on directing and producing aerial films. Her pioneering vision of storytelling through aerial artistry is endlessly inspiring and flawlessly executed!”

Christa B. Allen

Actress (Revenge, 30 Going on 30)

“Erin is a triple threat! I’ve read and seen her work as a director and worked with her as an editor. Her natural instincts artistically, her ability to visualize and create a story and her professionalism to stay focused and get the job done are my favorite of her super powers and the core of her talents.”  

Deborah M. Pratt

Writer, Director, Executive Producer - Quantum Leap