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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  • Lightbox: Philippe Vaucher

    Lightbox: Philippe Vaucher

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Skwigly talks to Montreal-based artist, animator and director Philippe Vaucher about the making of his latest salt-on-glass short film The Well/Le puits.
    Philippe Vaucher has directed animated films for over ten …

  • First glimpse at Bill Plympton and Robert Morgan’s contributions to “ABCs of Death 2″
  • Lightbox: Oscar-winning NFB director Chris Landreth

    Lightbox: Oscar-winning NFB director Chris Landreth

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Chris Landreth speaks with Skwigly about his latest film Subconscious Password, which received much acclaim following its 2013 release. Produced for the National Film Board of Canada, the film uses Landreth’s …

  • Disney Release First Images From “Feast”

    Disney Release First Images From “Feast”

    The world at large has been given a sneak peek at Disney’s latest short film offering Feast after two images were premiered on USA Today yesterday. Following the film’s special premiere presentation at this year’s Annecy, the images reveal the …

  • Encounters Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Retrospective

    Encounters Festival Unveils 20th Anniversary Retrospective

    With less than a month left until Bristol’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival launches its 20th edition, the full line-up of a specially-curated, free-to-the-public retrospective screening which will play throughout the fest has been released. As described on the …

  • Lightbox: Swiss filmmaker Isabelle Favez

    Lightbox: Swiss filmmaker Isabelle Favez

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Swiss animation director Isabelle Favez talks to Skwigly about her working process and upcoming projects. Favez’s multi-award-winning filmography includes the shorts Au Coeur de l’hiver/Heart of Winter, Valise/Mixed Bag and Tarte …

  • Lightbox: ‘Amazing World of Gumball’ creator Ben Bocquelet

    Lightbox: ‘Amazing World of Gumball’ creator Ben Bocquelet

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox Ben Bocquelet, creator of Cartoon Network‘s The Amazing World of Gumball talks to Skwigly about the creation of the show, his influences and what UK viewers can expect in the upcoming …

  • OIAF 2014 Official Selection unveiled

    OIAF 2014 Official Selection unveiled

    The Ottawa International Animation Festival has posted the officially selected films for this year’s edition online. Representing the UK’s animation output are Bros McLeod, WhiteRobot, Nicolas Ménard, Alex Grigg, Joseph Mann, Daisy Jacobs, Martin Pickles, Elizabeth Hobbs, Kasia Nalewajka, Tim …

  • Lightbox: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ director Dean DeBlois

    Lightbox: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ director Dean DeBlois

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox Dean DeBlois, co-director of Lilo & Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon, talks to Skwigly about his role as writer and sole director on the highly-anticipated sequel How To Train …

  • “Morph” Reborn!
  • Glen Keane debuts ‘Duet’!
  • Bill Plympton’s CHEATIN’ – Review

    Bill Plympton’s CHEATIN’ – Review

    A true festival highlight for this year’s Annecy-goers was the opportunity to see Bill Plympton‘s much-anticipated feature film Cheatin’ (or, in France, Les Amants Electriques) on the big screen. The film is his sixth independently-produced, full-lenth movie of the last …

  • Q&A with ‘Ab Ovo’ director Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi

    Q&A with ‘Ab Ovo’ director Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi

    Cracow-born Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi is a recent graduate of the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. Having directed two prior shorts Protozoa (2010) and Carnalis (2012), her 2013 graduation film Ab Ovo has fared especially well, winning awards …

  • Annecy 2014 – Special Events

    Annecy 2014 – Special Events

    It’s truly hard to believe it’s been a year since our last jaunt to Annecy, a town that seems almost frozen in time, curled up around the crystal clear lake and baking under the hot sun. In fact, ‘baking’ might …

  • Annecy 2014 – Short Film Highlights

    Annecy 2014 – Short Film Highlights

    In contemplation of a nude painting of himself in a now-archaic Simpsons episode, notorious corporate sociopath Mr. Burns paraphrases the famous line when he concedes “I may not know art, but I know what I hate…and I don’t hate this.”…

  • Annecy 2014 Winners

    Annecy 2014 Winners

    Last night the remaining winners for Annecy 2014 were revealed. Have a look at the full list below and let us know what you think of the films that made the cut:

    Cristal for a Feature Film
    The Boy and …

  • First Prizes Awarded for Annecy 2014

    First Prizes Awarded for Annecy 2014

    Last night the winners of the first round of prizes for Annecy 2014 were revealed, with wins for France, Great Britain, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland and Canada.

    Through The Hawthorn (Anna Benner/Pia Bord/Gemma Burditt, Likely Story, UK) – Festival Connexions Award…

  • Producing Animation: Marcel Jean

    Producing Animation: Marcel Jean

    Marcel Jean is a Canadian director, producer, writer and film historian who in recent years has taken on the role of Artistic Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. His knowledge and devotion to animation has led to a …

  • NFB’s Hothouse 10: Call For Entries
  • Lightbox: Torill Kove, director of “The Danish Poet” and “Me and My Moulton”

    Lightbox: Torill Kove, director of “The Danish Poet” and “Me and My Moulton”

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Montreal-based Norwegian NFB director Torill Kove discusses her career and short film work, including the Oscar-nominated My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, the Oscar-winning The Danish Poet and her brand new …

  • Lightbox: Theodore Ushev

    Lightbox: Theodore Ushev

    In the latest episode of our new video series Lightbox, Montreal-based Bulgarian NFB director Theodore Ushev discusses his highly-acclaimed 20th Century Trilogy of short films: Tower Bawher, Drux Flux and Gloria Victoria. Ushev also elaborates on his 2013 installation piece …

  • Lightbox: Joanna Quinn

    Lightbox: Joanna Quinn

    In the second episode of our new video series Lightbox, Joanna Quinn takes us behind the scenes of her latest Beryl animation – the trailer for the Bradford Animation Festival‘s 20th anniversary.

    The trailer stars Beryl (Girls Night Out, Body …

  • Launching ‘Lightbox’!

    Launching ‘Lightbox’!

    This week sees the launch of Skwigly’s latest content strand which can be viewed (and subscribed to) on our official YouTube Channel. While many of you Skwigly readers are probably aware of our video content, we’ll be complementing our existing …

  • Skwigly Banner – May 2014: Sophie Klevenow

    Skwigly Banner – May 2014: Sophie Klevenow

    Hailing from Germany, Bristol-based Sophie Klevenow has been creatively proactive since the early 2000s. With a background in design, art, puppetry and theatre, Sophie ventured into animation with her student shorts Discount Ticket (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, 2006) and the award-winning Noesis …

  • Norman McLaren: The Master’s Edition

    Norman McLaren: The Master’s Edition

    With the great Norman McLaren’s 100th ‘birthday’ having passed last week, centenary celebrations have already begun in Canada and Scotland and are set to carry on throughout the summer. While there are a multitude of screenings, installations, apps, documentaries and …