Posted by Karen on
05/17/2016 06:50:09 PM
Thomas Ikimi was born in 1979 in Westminster, London. He attended primary school in Nigeria, prep and public school in England, and university in America. He holds a literature and writing degree from Columbia University, New York.
In 2002, in his sophomore year, Thomas wrote, produced, and directed the existential thriller 'Limbo'. It was a student feature film made for $9,000 on his credit card, that went on to become an Official Selection of the 2005 Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy after playing at the Cannes Film Market. It was not part of his degree and this did not count towards his university credits.
After graduation, Thomas moved back to London and worked on screenplays for producers. In 2007, while working shifts at his local electronics store, Thomas began work on writing 'Legacy' a film he would go on to co-edit, produce, and direct. It starred Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba, and Thomas raised the $500,000 budget himself.
Legacy premiered at the 2010 Tribeca FIlm Festival, and on the festival circuit that followed, garnered the Best Film Award at the American Black Film Festival, was nominated for Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival in London, was nominated for a British Independent Film Award, won Best Director at the London Screen Nation Awards 2011, and was picked up for distribution in both the US and UK with limited theatrical releases in both countries.
Thomas now lives in Los Angeles, working on his projects.
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