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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  • Skwigly Podcast: Tom Brown & Daniel Gray (Holbrooks)

    Skwigly Podcast: Tom Brown & Daniel Gray (Holbrooks)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Tom Brown and Daniel Gray of Holbrooks. The duo began working together as students at University of Wales, Newport where they ultimately produced the multi-award-winning t.o.m., and have since …

  • Further guests and events revealed for Annecy 2016

    Further guests and events revealed for Annecy 2016

    Following last week’s announcement of the festival’s focus on 21st century Korean animation, further programme details for this year’s upcoming edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival have been revealed.

    Expanding on the tradition of Work In Progress sessions …

  • Annecy 2016 to celebrate 21st century Korean animation

    Annecy 2016 to celebrate 21st century Korean animation

    In celebration of the 130th anniversary of France and Korea’s treaty of friendship, trade and navigation (signed on June 4th June 1886), this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival has organised The Year of France-Korea 2015-2016. These …

  • Oscar wins for ‘Inside Out’, ‘Bear Story’ and ‘Ex Machina’

    Oscar wins for ‘Inside Out’, ‘Bear Story’ and ‘Ex Machina’

    The 2016 Oscar winners have been announced, and while the world at large can finally rest now that Leo has had his day, we at Skwigly are as ever more focused on the animation-centric categories, the results of which proved …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Louis Hudson & Ian Ravenscroft (Dice Productions)

    Skwigly Podcast: Louis Hudson & Ian Ravenscroft (Dice Productions)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Louis Hudson and Ian Ravenscroft of Dice Productions. Since being established in 2009 the Birmingham-based studio has produced a number of fantastic animated shorts with some of the British …

  • ‘DuckManBoy’ from Dice Productions released online!

    ‘DuckManBoy’ from Dice Productions released online!

    This week sees the online launch of DuckManBoy, the latest animated short from director Louis Hudson and writer Ian Ravenscroft, AKA Dice Productions. With their glowing comedy track record featuring such excellent work as 2011’s All Consuming Love (Man In …

  • Theodore Ushev discusses latest work ‘Blind Vaysha’

    Theodore Ushev discusses latest work ‘Blind Vaysha’

    Continuing an astonishingly prolific streak of new film work following his 20th Century Trilogy as well as last year’s Blood Manifesto and Sonámbulo, Bulgaria-born experimental animator and artist Theodore Ushev‘s latest film Blind Vaysha premiered this week at Berlinale – …

  • Interview with Sarah Van Den Boom, director of ‘In Deep Waters’

    Interview with Sarah Van Den Boom, director of ‘In Deep Waters’

    In our latest director interview Skwigly meets Sarah Van Den Boom, an animator and illustrator based in Paris, France. Following a stint at Acme Filmworks she set up her own production company Papy3D in 2006 along with Richard Van Den …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Elliot Cowan

    Skwigly Podcast: Elliot Cowan

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome New York-based Australian animator Elliot Cowan, director of The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead, an independent feature developed from an online webseries, shorts from which having screened around …

  • Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    TV Licensing and the BBC recently teamed up to launch a creative competition for animation students in the UK to visualise a number of less-than-plausible real-life excuses the public have given for not having a TV Licence.

    All areas of …

  • Lost “Dad’s Army” episode emerges from the trenches – in animated form!

    Lost “Dad’s Army” episode emerges from the trenches – in animated form!

    Dad’s Army, one of the UK’s true comedy institutions that originally ran from 1968 to 1977, has recently been the focus of some celebration, with the BBC holiday special We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story in anticipation of Oliver Parker’s …

  • Lightbox: Mackinnon and Saunders

    Lightbox: Mackinnon and Saunders

    In the latest episode of our animated mini-documentary series Lightbox we meet Mackinnon and Saunders founders Ian Mackinnon and Peter Saunders.
    As one of the world’s leading puppet-making companies, Mackinnon and Saunders specialise in designing and constructing characters for short …

  • Director Chris Renaud on ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

    Director Chris Renaud on ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

    Following the release of new trailer footage and images from Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming feature The Secret Life of Pets, director Chris Renaud (whose industry credentials include co-directing the first two installments of the Despicable Me franchise and co-creating the indefatigable …

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New Trailer & Images Released

    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New Trailer & Images Released

    Following a recent unveiling of a new one-sheet poster earlier this week, Illumination Entertainment have released the latest trailer for their upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets:

    Illumination have also released a series of new images from the …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Rauch Bros. Animation

    Skwigly Podcast: Rauch Bros. Animation

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we take a look at the recent Oscar nominated animated shorts and features and ponder the plight of the animated sitcom. Also discussed are Mosaic Films‘ recent Animated Minds project and …

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

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new trailer and posters released!

    LAIKA have today released a new trailer, posters and story info for their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings.

    The new character posters showcase key players Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones), Monkey (Academy Award winner …

  • Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression

    Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression

    This month sees the online release of a series of animated documentary shorts by Mosaic Films for the award-winning Animated Minds project. Coordinated by animation director George Sander-Jackson, Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression focuses on the devastating mental health …

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – Brand New One Sheet Launched

    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – Brand New One Sheet Launched

    In anticipation of a brand new trailer to be launched this Thursday (January 28th), a brand new one-sheet poster image for Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets has been unveiled.

    From the makers of Despicable Me …

  • Lightbox: Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore on ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Prophet’

    Lightbox: Cartoon Saloon’s Tomm Moore on ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Prophet’

    In the latest episode of our animated mini-documentary series Lightbox Skwigly meets Cartoon Saloon Creative Director and co-founder Tomm Moore.
    Established in 1999, Cartoon Saloon has grown into one of Ireland’s most respected studios, producing television shows, short films and …

  • An Interview with Elliot Cowan, director of ‘The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead’

    An Interview with Elliot Cowan, director of ‘The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead’

    Today on Skwigly we meet New York-based Australian director/animator/illustrator Elliot Cowan, whose first dabblings in the animation world came about during his studies at Victoria College of the Arts, after which he moved to Tasmania for the subsequent decade working …

  • 2016 Oscar® nominations announced

    2016 Oscar® nominations announced

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have today announced their nominations for the 88th Academy Awards®! As regards animation, the selected projects have been whittled down from sixteen shortlisted feature films and ten animated shorts. Announced by directors …

  • Theodore Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ (NFB/ARTE) to premiere at The Berlinale

    Theodore Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ (NFB/ARTE) to premiere at The Berlinale

    Continuing an astonishingly prolific streak of new film work following his 20th Century Trilogy as well as last year’s Blood Manifesto and Sonámbulo, Bulgaria-born experimental animator and artist Theodore Ushev‘s latest film Blind Vaysha will have its premiere at this …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Don Bluth & Gary Goldman

    Skwigly Podcast: Don Bluth & Gary Goldman

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re proud to present an interview with industry veterans Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, whose acclaimed body of work includes The Land Before Time, Anastasia, An American Tail, All Dogs Go …

  • Happy 2016 from Claude Cloutier!

    Happy 2016 from Claude Cloutier!

    Following on from fellow 2016 Oscar nomination shortlistee and NFB filmmaker Cordell Barker’s latest video, award-winning animator/illustrator Claude Cloutier has this week unveiled a special animation titled Happy New Year in the theme of his latest short film Carface.

    Carface …

  • Exclusive: ‘Here We Go Again…’ – new video from Cordell Barker (‘If I Was God…’)

    Exclusive: ‘Here We Go Again…’ – new video from Cordell Barker (‘If I Was God…’)

    In a Skwigly exclusive we’re delighted to be able to share with you a new video from Canadian animator Cordell Barker, director of the Oscar-nominated shorts The Cat Came Back and Strange Invaders.

    The new video is a look back …