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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  • DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT!, the ultra-short competition strand of Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has today opened its call for submission. As with prior editions, the contest is open to films of any nationality, genre, budget and level of professionalism, so …

  • Podcast: Interview with ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ director Robert Valley

    Podcast: Interview with ‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ director Robert Valley

    In episode 68 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Robert Valley, director of the original Vimeo animated documentary short Pear Cider and Cigarettes.

    Developed from Valley’s own self-published graphic novels and produced by Cara Speller of Passion Pictures, the …

  • WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    Following a festival run that includes 80 international screenings and 20+ awards, Rhiannon Evans’s NFTS short Fulfilament is now online to watch in full.

    The stop-motion film, produced in 2015, follows the journey of a lost, wandering thought manifested as …

  • Interview with Eva Cvijanović (“Hedgehog’s Home”)

    Interview with Eva Cvijanović (“Hedgehog’s Home”)

    A graduate of Concordia University, director/animator Eva Cvijanović’s independent film work includes 2010’s Once Upon a Many Time and 2013’s Seasick. Her work with the National Film Board of Canada began with her participation in the seventh edition of the …

  • ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – Review

    ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – Review

    The Lego Movie‘s largely flawless execution doubtless came as something of a relief to those who, having been burned by many an ill-conceived movie adaptation of a toy-line, didn’t quite know what to expect. On top of relief was the …

  • Intimate Animation: Signe Baumane (‘My Love Affair With Marriage’)

    Intimate Animation: Signe Baumane (‘My Love Affair With Marriage’)

    Today sees the return of the Skwigly podcast series Intimate Animation, in which we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animation that deals with adult themes of love, relationships and sexuality – for a second season.

    In our first …

  • Encounters opens its 2017 Call for Entries

    Encounters opens its 2017 Call for Entries

    Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, has this week opened the call for entries to its 2017 edition. Films completed from 2016 onward and less than 30 minutes (including credits) are eligible for this …

  • WATCH: ‘The Inverted Peak’ by The Brothers McLeod now online

    WATCH: ‘The Inverted Peak’ by The Brothers McLeod now online

    This week sees the online release of The Inverted Peak, a largely-improvised film collaboration between award winning animators The Brothers McLeod and sound designer and composer Tom Angell.

    The film earned itself an Honorable Mention at last year’s Manchester Animation …

  • Podcast: Rune Spaans (‘The Absence of Eddy Table’)

    Podcast: Rune Spaans (‘The Absence of Eddy Table’)

    In episode 67 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Norwegian animator, VFX artist and director Rune Spaans, AKA Superrune. Hailing from Brønnøysund in Norway, as a self-taught visual artist Rune began working in video games in the 90s before …

  • Signe Baumane unveils new indie feature ‘My Love Affair With Marriage’

    Signe Baumane unveils new indie feature ‘My Love Affair With Marriage’

    Signe Baumane, acclaimed director of the 2014 independent animated feature Rocks in My Pockets, has this week unveiled her plans to animate and produce a follow up film My Love Affair With Marriage. As with Rocks, funding is being sought …

  • Filmmakers respond to Best Animated Short 2017 Oscar nominations

    Filmmakers respond to Best Animated Short 2017 Oscar nominations

    With today’s 2017 Oscar nomination announcements still very much a fresh affair, several of the filmmakers nominated for Best Animated Short Film have this afternoon shared their responses to the news.

    Patrick Osborne’s Pearl stands out as being the first …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director and VFX team respond to double Oscar nomination

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director and VFX team respond to double Oscar nomination

    Today’s announcement of the 2017 Oscar nominations bore a double-dose of good news for the team behind LAIKA’s latest masterwork Kubo and the Two Strings. In response to being nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, director/producer and LAIKA CEO Travis …

  • NFB presents ‘Naked Island’: Public Service Alerts for a new era

    NFB presents ‘Naked Island’: Public Service Alerts for a new era

    This weekend has seen the release of fourteen brand new microshorts from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Framed as ‘Public Service Alerts’, Naked Island presents a variety of satirical and sociopolitically astute takes on the modern world through …

  • 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 …