Derek is a veteran filmmaker. (Which is to say I'm a military veteran and a filmmaker. I didn't, like, grip on Chinatown.) Born and raised in South Florida Derek grew up making films with his friends and when they weren't free he'd cast his toys. After 8 years in the US Coast Guard where he would make web series and perform standup comedy on the side, he left to pursue his dream of completing film school. Derek now lives in Orlando and makes films for passion while working as an online instructor at one of the top 30 film schools in the US.
  • Director (2 Credits)
    Ignition
    Short, Student
    That One House
    Short
Best Picture (Nominated)
Ignition
Austin Comedy Film Festival
Austin, TX
2022
Best Director - Derek Toombs (nominated)
Ignition
Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
2022
Best Actor Derek Toombs (nominated)
Ignition
Nevermore Film Festival
Durham, NC
2022
Audience Choice Award
That One House
Central Florida Film Festival
Mount Dora Fl
2022
Best Apocalyptic Student Film
Ignition
End of Days Film Festival
College
University of Central Florida
Film BFA
20162020
Birth Date
June 3, 1986
Birth City
Margate Fl
Current City
Orlando FL
Gender
Male
Derek's first ever film was an unlicensed sequel to Jurassic Park, an idea that was promptly stolen when universal made a licensed sequel to Jurassic Park.
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