Features Writer & 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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  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘All The Rage’ (Alexandra Lemay)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘All The Rage’ (Alexandra Lemay)

    Alexandra Lemay‘s enthusiasm for the medium of stop-motion began during her Film Animation BFA at Concordia University. She has since gone on to study Practical Effects at Sheridan College in Ontario. Prior to her involvement in the tenth edition of …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘End of Message’ (Benjamín Mugica)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘End of Message’ (Benjamín Mugica)

    Having studied Visual Arts at the Academia de Artes Visuales in Mexico City, Benjamín Mugica’s first creative ventures consisted largely of  drawings, paintings and sculptures. He has since gravitated toward animation due to its value as “a platform for all …

  • NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Sweet Talk’ (Esteban Azuela)

    NFB Hothouse 10: ‘Sweet Talk’ (Esteban Azuela)

    Hailing from Mexico City, Esteban Azuela ventured into Traditional Animation at the Vancouver Film School, having previous studied photography at the Academia de Artes Visuales. His enthusiasm for the visual arts has proved vital in the variety of projects he …

  • Interview with Chris Landreth, Oscar-winning Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 10

    Interview with Chris Landreth, Oscar-winning Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 10

    Beginning today, the National Film Board of Canada will be showcasing eight new micro-shorts produced as part of the tenth edition of their acclaimed apprenticeship scheme Hothouse. The scheme has been a valuable means of allowing emerging filmmakers, regardless of …

  • LAPIN! Regina Pessoa on Annecy 2015 Poster

    LAPIN! Regina Pessoa on Annecy 2015 Poster

    The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has unveiled the poster for its 2015 edition, which will take place June 15th-30th. The poster is designed by Portuguese animator Regina Pessoa, whose work as a director includes the film trilogy A Noite …

  • Skwigly Banner – March 2015: Matt Walker

    Skwigly Banner – March 2015: Matt Walker

    Matthew Walker is a writer, director and animator based in Bristol. He is a director with ArthurCox and is represented by Aardman for commercial work.

    After completing a foundation course at Falmouth College of Art and Design he then studied …

  • NFB Win 5 Canadian Screen Awards
  • Thunderbirds Are Go – New Look & Audience Reactions

    Thunderbirds Are Go – New Look & Audience Reactions

    New images of character designs for the upcoming reboot Thunderbirds Are Go were released earlier today. CG reinterpretations of the classic characters Lady Penelope, Brains and Parker have been released by ITV and can be seen below:

    The first image …

  • The Minions and Chris Meledandri in Annecy
  • Lightbox: Disney’s Oscar-winning short ‘Feast’

    Lightbox: Disney’s Oscar-winning short ‘Feast’

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Director Patrick Osborne, Producer Kristina Reed and Production Designer Jeff Turley, the team behind Disney’s Feast, the short film paired with Big Hero 6 that recently took home the Oscar for …

  • An Interview with Priit Pärn

    An Interview with Priit Pärn

    Undoubtedly one of Eastern Europe’s most commendable animation artists, Priit Pärn is still producing adventurous and daring work well into the fourth decade of his career. In the past Pärn has achieved notoriety with such films as Hotel E (1992), …

  • Toon Boom ‘Animate To Harmony’ Book Review

    Toon Boom ‘Animate To Harmony’ Book Review

    Animate To Harmony: The Independent Animator’s Guide to Toon Boom
    Author: Adam Phillips
    Publisher: Focal Press

    A love letter to a piece of software seems a little daft given my dual (dueling, on occasion) roles as both animation freelancer/director and …

  • Encounters 2015 Open For Entries
  • Richard Williams to bring ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ to Annecy 2015
  • Vincent Morisset & NFB reunite with ‘Way to Go’

    Vincent Morisset & NFB reunite with ‘Way to Go’

    Vincent Morisset has today launched his latest interactive web experience Way to Go. The project follows on from his first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada BLA BLA, creating a virtual ‘walk in the woods’ combining hand-made animation, …

  • Mr. Bean the Animated Series returns to screens Feb 16th!
  • Lightbox: ‘Shaun the Sheep The Movie’ with Aardman’s Will Becher

    Lightbox: ‘Shaun the Sheep The Movie’ with Aardman’s Will Becher

    In the latest episode of Lightbox Skwigly talks to Aardman Animation‘s Will Becher, one of the lead animators on the studio’s much-anticipated Shaun the Sheep The Movie.

    The film, directed by Richard ‘Golly’ Starzak and Mark Burton, is released in …

  • A+C Recreate 2015 Super Bowl commercials in Lego!
  • Interview with Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, director of “Jutra” & “McLaren’s Negatives”

    Interview with Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, director of “Jutra” & “McLaren’s Negatives”

    Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, a Concordia University graduate, founded MJSTP Films in 2004 and has since built up an impressive, award-winning filmography including Passages, The Sapporo Project and McLaren’s Negatives which picked up over twenty awards and took festivals by storm. Her …

  • ‘Frozen Fever’ First Pics

    ‘Frozen Fever’ First Pics

    On the heels of the runaway freight train that was Disney’s 2013 megahit Frozen, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have joined forces once more on the short film Frozen Fever. The film is a seven-minute long tale of a …

  • Michael Frei’s “Plug & Play” film & app released online

    Michael Frei’s “Plug & Play” film & app released online

    Following multiple award wins and a massive festival run of over a hundred screenings including Annecy, Ottawa, Clermont-Ferrand, Stuttgart, KLIK and Encounters, Michael Frei‘s Plug & Play, “a surreal play with plugs” has now been released online.

    Alongside the release …

  • Skwigly Banner – February 2015: Tony Johnson

    Skwigly Banner – February 2015: Tony Johnson

    Tony Johnson is a freelance illustrator and animator based in London. As a freelancer he has produced work for Creative Review, BLDGWLF, Tiny Owl Workshop as well as co-curating the independent zine Curious Dot with Adam Wells.

    Amongst his animation …

  • The 42nd Annie Awards – Winners

    The 42nd Annie Awards – Winners

    Last night the Stateside ASIFA Annie Awards announced their 2015 winners, following on from the nominations announcement in December of last year. The full list of winners is as follows:

    Best Animated Feature
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks)…

  • Don Hertzfeldt takes Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2015

    Don Hertzfeldt takes Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2015

    Following on from the successful trilogy-cum-feature It’s Such A Beautiful Day that so bowled over audiences and critics, early response to Don Hertzfeldt‘s latest World of Tomorrow (in which Julia Pott voices Emily, a woman from the future attempting to …

  • Sticky Situations: An Interview with Jeff Chiba Stearns

    Sticky Situations: An Interview with Jeff Chiba Stearns

    A graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the multi-award-winning, Emmy®-nominated animator and documentarian Jeff Chiba Stearns is the founder of the Vancouver-based Meditating Bunny Studios. Amongst his body of work are commercials from clients such as …