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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  • Fantoche 2016 to open with Swiss premiere of ‘My Life As A Courgette’

    Fantoche 2016 to open with Swiss premiere of ‘My Life As A Courgette’

    This year’s edition of Swiss animation festival Fantoche will kick off with a national premiere of Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Courgette) on September 6th. The film, adapted by Céline Sciamma from Gilles Paris’s children’s book Autobiographie …

  • RCA grad Daniela Sherer receives Yoram Gross award at ASIF 2016

    RCA grad Daniela Sherer receives Yoram Gross award at ASIF 2016

    ASIF, the main annual event centered around Israeli animation since 2000 (when it was initiated and organized by ASIFA Israel) have this month announced the award-winners for their 2016 edition. Produced by the Animix Festival, the competitive event takes place…

  • Skwigly Podcast: An interview with the stop-motion talents of ‘The Little Prince’

    Skwigly Podcast: An interview with the stop-motion talents of ‘The Little Prince’

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet the team behind the stunning stop-motion sequences of Mark Osborne’s recent animated adaptation The Little Prince. The film, which landed on Netflix last week, effectively updates the classic tale …

  • Experience ‘Buggy Night’ from Google Spotlight Stories

    Experience ‘Buggy Night’ from Google Spotlight Stories

    The latest entry in Google’s Spotlight Stories series has been released this week via their YouTube channel. Following recent offerings from talent including Tim Ruffle and Patrick Osborne, director Mark Oftedal (who worked on the preceding series entry Windy Day) …

  • Encounters 2016 Festival Programme Announced

    Encounters 2016 Festival Programme Announced

    The Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival has announced the programme of events for its 22nd edition to take place in Bristol this September.  As ever the festival boasts a wide variety of events, screenings, experiences and celebrations, with the …

  • Explore the world of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ with interactive map of the film’s locations

    Explore the world of ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ with interactive map of the film’s locations

    Following on from their recent featurettes released earlier this week, today Focus Features have launched an interactive video map exploring the realm of LAIKA’s upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings.

    Using YouTube’s annotation system, desktop users can jump to …

  • Warner Animation Group release ‘Storks’ trailer

    Warner Animation Group release ‘Storks’ trailer

    Warner Animation Group, the studio responsible for the recent hit Lego Movie and the upcoming Lego Batman Movie, have released a trailer for their upcoming feature Storks:

    Written and directed by Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted co-scribe Nicholas Stoller with …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new featurettes released!

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new featurettes released!

    LAIKA have released two new featurettes for their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings, the first of which explores the lineage of the film’s villains:

    The second featurette discusses the myth of Kubo, with contributions from the film’s actors …

  • WATCH: Péter Vácz & Joseph Wallace team up for JAMES music video “Dear John”

    WATCH: Péter Vácz & Joseph Wallace team up for JAMES music video “Dear John”

    Award-winning director Péter Vácz (Streamschool/Rabbit & Deer) has created another stop-motion music video for British band James, following his 2014 animated realisation of the song All I’m Saying. For his latest video Dear John, director Vácz has teamed up with …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Paul Driessen

    Skwigly Podcast: Paul Driessen

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re joined by special guest Paul Driessen. Presently based in France, the Dutch-Canadian animation director began his career on George Dunning’s iconic 1968 feature Yellow Submarine and has been consistently prolific …

  • WATCH: Howie Shia’s ‘BAM’ released online

    WATCH: Howie Shia’s ‘BAM’ released online

    On the heels of a strong festival run, Howie Shia‘s tremendous animated National Film Board of Canada (NFB) short BAM is now available to view online in full.  Following three prior shorts produced with the NFB – Ice Ages (produced …

  • ‘Mighty Magiswords’  – an interview with creator Kyle Carrozza

    ‘Mighty Magiswords’ – an interview with creator Kyle Carrozza

    Mighty Magiswords – the brainchild of new Cartoon Network talent Kyle Carrozza, is set to make the leap from short-form, webisodic content to a full animated series. The show, about atypical adventurers Vambre and Prohyas and their worldwide quest to …

  • Pitch THIS! OIAF opens international call for TV series pitches

    Pitch THIS! OIAF opens international call for TV series pitches

    The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary, has teamed up with longtime partners Corus Entertainment and Toon Boom to offer a development deal and animation software (licenses for Toon Boom Harmony and Storybook Pro, …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new clip and motion poster

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new clip and motion poster

    Following last week’s launch of the latest of four official trailers, LAIKA have released more footage from their upcoming stop-motion feature Kubo and the Two Strings. Watch the clip below to see Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron) and the …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Mike Thurmeier & Lori Forte (‘Ice Age’)

    Skwigly Podcast: Mike Thurmeier & Lori Forte (‘Ice Age’)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re joined by Skwigly contributor Wez Allard in discussion of the recent Annecy festival and its film/event highlights, in particular the presentation of Blue Sky’s latest offering Ice Age: Collision Course …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – latest trailer and stills

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – latest trailer and stills

    LAIKA have today released their latest official full-length trailer for their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings, following the first, second and third trailers released earlier this year.

    An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation …

  • Cloth Cat Animation commissioned for Magic Mall’s ‘Luo Bao Bei’

    Cloth Cat Animation commissioned for Magic Mall’s ‘Luo Bao Bei’

    Cardiff-based animation studio Cloth Cat Animation today announced an international collaboration with Magic Mall and award-winning writer Dave Ingham on a new 52 episode preschool animated series based on Chinese fictional character Luo Bao Bei.

    Created by Beijing-based company Magic …

  • BBC World Service brings personal stories to life with animation

    BBC World Service brings personal stories to life with animation

    BBC World Service recently joined forces with UWE‘s Bristol School of Animation for a series of animated visualisations set to ‘choice audio nuggets’ from the service’s output. UWE students were tasked with creating unique animations set to ten one-minute life …

  • Skwigly Podcast: ‘Finding Dory’ & ‘Piper’

    Skwigly Podcast: ‘Finding Dory’ & ‘Piper’

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we air some grievances and concerns regarding the UK’s recent referendum outcome and the longer-term ramifications leaving the EU may have on the animation industry.

    Later in the episode we welcome …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    In the week since Annecy 2016 wrapped up we’ve been positively spoiled by the wealth of new animation talent, upcoming projects and recent industry successes in its wake. Today we bring you a second round of special event highlights from …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 1)

    Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 1)

    In the week since Annecy 2016 wrapped up we’ve been positively spoiled by the wealth of new animation talent, upcoming projects and recent industry successes in its wake (it’s certainly made for a fine distraction from certain troubling current events). …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    On first viewing of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival‘s sixth (of six) short film competition screening ‘Off-Limits’, I left with a vague impression that the selection largely suffered from ‘Naked Emperor’ syndrome; the inevitable cluster of films whose artistic …

  • Jan Švankmajer answers Skwigly readers’ questions

    Jan Švankmajer answers Skwigly readers’ questions

    Following the successful launch of celebrated Czech animation filmmaker Jan Švankmajer’s proposed “last film” Insects , the film has already amassed over 130% of its initial target, with a hopeful stretch goal in place that would guarantee the film’s production …

  • ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    Perhaps the least surprising outcome of this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival awards ceremony came in the form of a double-win for My Life as a Courgette (AKA My Life as a Zucchini, depending on where you catch it), …

  • Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Following Friday’s Special Prizes ceremony, last night saw the announcement of the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival award winners. Presented by Artistic Director Marcel Jean along with the festival jury members and several guests, the evening kicked off with …