Managing Director & Content Producer: Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell is a Bristol-based animation/post-production freelancer, independent director, composer and graphic novelist.
As a freelancer he has produced animation work for CBeebies, Channel 4, Plymptoons, Somethin' Else, Wonky Films, A Productions, Slurpy Studios, Channel Flip and Happy Hour to name a few.
As an independent director he has produced three multi-award-winning short animated films - "House Guest", "Ground Running" and "The Naughty List" - which have been showcased at over 100 international film and animation festivals including ITFS Stuttgart, Clermont-Ferrand, Encounters, Monterrey International Film Festival, I Castelli Animati and Anima Mundi. He is presently working on his fourth short, "Bullies", and recently released his first original graphic novel "Throat".

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  • Podcast: Oscar-winning director Patrick Osborne on ‘Pearl’ (Google Spotlight Stories)

    Podcast: Oscar-winning director Patrick Osborne on ‘Pearl’ (Google Spotlight Stories)

    In our first proper podcast of 2017 we’re delighted to welcome back Patrick Osborne, the Academy Award®-winning director of Disney’s Feast, discussing his contribution to Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories series Pearl. Following on from previous entries such as Glen Keane’s …

  • Toon Boom Harmony 14 – Review

    Toon Boom Harmony 14 – Review

    As some may already know, alongside my role as Managing Director here at Skwigly I am most often entrenched in the world of 2D animation and motion graphics, alternately as a freelancer and, when resources and circumstances allow, an independent …

  • “Ivan’s Need” available now via Vimeo On Demand

    “Ivan’s Need” available now via Vimeo On Demand

    Ivan’s Need, one of the most enjoyable festival hits of recent years, has been released online to rent or buy through Vimeo On Demand via Groupement Suisse du Film d’Animation, the association of Swiss animation professionals. Following the lusty adventures …

  • Skwigly Podcast: The Second Outtake Special!

    Skwigly Podcast: The Second Outtake Special!

    Happy Simbazwa (?) from the Skwigly Animation Podcast!
    In our first episode of 2017 we’re kicking off the new year by bringing you a second outtake special. Following on from last year’s edition, once again Skwigly listeners can treat themselves …

  • Animation Composed – podcast special featuring John Erik Kaada, Scot Stafford & Alexis Harte

    Animation Composed – podcast special featuring John Erik Kaada, Scot Stafford & Alexis Harte

    Skwigly are very pleased to bring you our latest podcast special Animation Composed, a celebration of the harmonious relationship between music and animation. Settle in for over two hours of standout animation music selections and exclusive interviews with special guests.…

  • 12 Animations of Christmas!

    12 Animations of Christmas!

    At the end of a tumultuous year and with the Christmas weekend fast approaching, we at Skwigly appreciate that it’s not always easy to get into the holiday spirit. So to give you a boost in the ol’ baubles we’ve …

  • Podcast: 2016 Animated Holiday Specials

    Podcast: 2016 Animated Holiday Specials

    For our Christmas 2016 edition of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re pleased to welcome talents from three animation highlights of this holiday season.

    Jamie Badminton, co-director of Snowy Day, whose previous work includes helming Karrot Entertainment‘s various properties including the …

  • Podcast: Ron Clements & John Musker (‘Moana’)

    Podcast: Ron Clements & John Musker (‘Moana’)

    For our sixty-third episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we hear from directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker – whose prior credits include the much-loved Disney features The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992) and …

  • Jorge Gutierrez to direct new Google Spotlight Story ‘Son of Jaguar’

    Jorge Gutierrez to direct new Google Spotlight Story ‘Son of Jaguar’

    It has been announced today that acclaimed director Jorge Gutierrez, whose work includes the award-winning Nickelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and the 2014 Reel FX feature film The Book of Life, is the latest director set …

  • London International Animation Festival 2016 award winners announced

    London International Animation Festival 2016 award winners announced

    The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returned to the Barbican last week for ten days of animation screenings, special events, talks and forums, screen talks. Having presented over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features …

  • Podcast: Ann Marie Fleming (‘Window Horses’)

    Podcast: Ann Marie Fleming (‘Window Horses’)

    For our sixty-second episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, whose body of work includes the animated biography The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) and the adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s I Was …

  • The 44th Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The 44th Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The nominations for the 2017 Annie Awards, “ASIFA-Hollywood’s most glamorous event”, have this week been announced. Described as “animation’s highest honour” and now entering its 44th edition, the awards focus on the best that mainstream animation has offered up in …

  • WATCH: Late Night Work Club launch second anthology ‘Strangers’

    WATCH: Late Night Work Club launch second anthology ‘Strangers’

    Late Night Work Club, the ‘rotating collective’ originally set up by Pittsburgh-based animator/illustrator Scott Benson in 2012, has this morning launched their second anthology film Strangers, following on from 2013’s Ghost Stories. The films can be watched in their entirety …

  • Intimate Animation: Andreas Hykade (‘Ring of Fire’)

    Intimate Animation: Andreas Hykade (‘Ring of Fire’)

    This week sees the conclusion of the first season of Intimate Animation, the podcast in which we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animations (old and new) that deal with themes of love, relationships and sexuality.

     

    In episode …

  • 10 animated shorts advance in 2017 Oscar® race

    10 animated shorts advance in 2017 Oscar® race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the ten animated shorts (out of seventy qualifiers) that will go forward for consideration of an 89th Academy Awards® nomination.

    Click on the films listed below to learn more about …

  • Interview with Diane Obomsawin (‘I Like Girls’/’On Loving Women’)

    Interview with Diane Obomsawin (‘I Like Girls’/’On Loving Women’)

    Diane Obomsawin (also known by her pen-name Obom) has been a staple of the Montreal underground comics scene since the mid-80s, having moved to Canada after growing up. Cutting her teeth in the world of animation while studying at Concordia …

  • Q&A: The Perfect Worlds of Karni & Saul

    Q&A: The Perfect Worlds of Karni & Saul

    Earlier this month the UK-based directorial duo Karni & Saul – AKA Sulkybunny – launched their animated music video for Katie Melua‘s Perfect World, taken from the singer/songwriter’s latest studio album In Winter.
    The pair have been producing work since …

  • An interview with Eoin Duffy (‘I Am Here’/’The Missing Scarf’)

    An interview with Eoin Duffy (‘I Am Here’/’The Missing Scarf’)

    Following his 2013 debut short film On Departure, made with the assistance of the Irish Film Board, Vancouver-based Irish director Eoin Duffy‘s The Missing Scarf wowed audiences internationally in 2014 with its nuanced, design-informed approach to timing and composition matched …

  • BAFTA Children’s Awards 2016: Winners

    BAFTA Children’s Awards 2016: Winners

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts last night announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The ceremony was hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown …

  • Interview with Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (‘Oscar’)

    Interview with Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (‘Oscar’)

    Following a string of successful and visually inventive approaches to the animated documentary in the form of the short films McLaren’s Negatives (2006), Passages (2008), The Sapporo Project (2010), Femelles (2012), Flocons (2014) and Jutra (2014), Montreal-based filmmaker Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre …

  • WATCH: ‘My Home’ (Dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen)

    WATCH: ‘My Home’ (Dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen)

    This week sees the public launch of Phuong Mai Nguyen‘s wonderful short film My Home. Written by Nguyen and Patricia Valeix, the film is produced by Richard and Sarah Van Den Boom‘s Papy3D Productions, the studio also responsible for such …

  • Interview with Anete Melece (‘Analysis Paralysis’/’The Kiosk’)

    Interview with Anete Melece (‘Analysis Paralysis’/’The Kiosk’)

    Back in 2013 Latvian-born animator Anete Melece‘s multi-award-winning short film The Kiosk charmed its way onto the animation circuit with the warmth of its story (in which shopkeeper Olga finds herself trapped in her kiosk while embarking on an unexpected …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! 2016 – Filmmaker Talkshow 3

    Skwigly at KLIK! 2016 – Filmmaker Talkshow 3

    Concluding our series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, in episode 3 we hear from more attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of the KLIK! Filmmaker Talkshow.

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  • WATCH: Karni and Saul direct ‘Perfect World’ for Katie Melua

    WATCH: Karni and Saul direct ‘Perfect World’ for Katie Melua

    This week sees the launch of directorial duo Karni and Saul‘s animated music video for Katie Melua‘s Perfect World, taken from the singer/songwriter’s seventh studio album In Winter, released last month.

    The pair have been producing work since 2002, with …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! 2016 – Filmmaker Talkshow 2

    Skwigly at KLIK! 2016 – Filmmaker Talkshow 2

    Continuing our series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, in episode 2 we hear from more attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of the KLIK! Filmmaker Talkshow.

    Featured in …