Gordon B. Thomas

With this scholarship, family and friends seek to honor Gordon's memory and promote his values: creativity, diligence, inspiration to others, and celebration of human diversity. In addition, the scholarship is intended to promote his commitment to learning, his love for teaching, and his belief that we need to hear each other's voices to make a difference.

For students studying Animation!

Gordon B. Thomas  

Memorial Scholarship

Gordon, also known to family and friends as Don, received the first Master of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Animation from San Francisco State University in June 2001. Don also taught animation classes at SFSU and helped to research and set up facilities to improve the animation program. He died on June 6th, 2003 at the age of 35.

Don's final film, Pedro + Tony?, was shown at more than fifty festivals in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. It won the Best Animation Prize at the Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival !

Filmography and Awards

  • Pedro + Tony ?  2001

       Best Animation Prize - Chicago Lesbian and Gay   

       International Film and Television Festival 2002

  • Goodnight, I love you 1997

       * Best Animated Short - Reel Affirmations DC, Gay and Lesbian               Festival 1994.

       * Golden Apple Award - National Education Media Network 1998.

       * 1st Runner up = In The Life Short Film and Video Awards 1998.

  • Idiots in Orbit 1997

  • Fixit 1993

     * Silver Apple Award - National Educational Film and Television

        Festival 1994.

     * ​Honorable Mention - Chicago International Film Festival 1993.

     * Special Recognition - Central Florida Film Festival 1993.


  • The Baby From Outer Space 1991

     * Award of Excellence - California State Fair 1993

     * 1st Place - Marin National Film and Video Festival 1993

     * 2nd Place - Central Florida Film and Video Festival 1993

    * 2nd Place - Chicago International Children's Film Festival 1991

  • Going On a Picnic 1988

     * 1st Place - Hometown USA Video Festival 1989​.

     * Honorable Mention - Chicago Access Network Awards 1988.

  • My Television is Dead 1988

    * 2nd Place - Chicago Access Network Awards 1989​.

  • Love is On Half Inch 1987

  • At The Theatre One Night 1987

  • You Are A Nerd 1986


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Gordon B. Thomas Memorial Scholarship fund?


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