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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  • Get Animated! Watch 25 recent NFB animated films for free

    Get Animated! Watch 25 recent NFB animated films for free

    In celebration of International Animation Day (which takes place on October 28th), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has put up 25 of its more recent animated short films to watch for free for their 10th anniversary edition of …

  • LIAF unveils 2016 Barbican programmes

    LIAF unveils 2016 Barbican programmes

    The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) has this month unveiled its 2016 Barbican programmes. With the announcement of further events planned to take place at the Whitechapel Gallery as well as regular festival venue The Horse Hospital to follow, you …

  • Seed Animation creates film for Breast Cancer Awareness month

    Seed Animation creates film for Breast Cancer Awareness month

    In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout October, London-based Seed Animation Studio have recently produced a short animated film in association with breast cancer support society Breast Cancer Care. The 30-second film Check ’em, featuring music and …

  • KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival unveils 2016 programme

    KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival unveils 2016 programme

    The ninth edition of Amsterdam’s KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival will be taking place from October 25th, running through to the 30th. Taking place at the city’s EYE Film Museum, this year’s festival will be presenting over 300 international animations alongside …

  • Aardman tease ‘Early Man’ with first character footage

    Aardman tease ‘Early Man’ with first character footage

    Aardman have today teased excited fans across the globe with the first new character footage from their upcoming feature film Early Man!

    Following an announcement and teaser poster back in May of last year, the film officially confirmed its status …

  • Podcast: Peter Firmin and Daniel Postgate

    Podcast: Peter Firmin and Daniel Postgate

    For our sixtieth episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re proud to feature an interview from this year’s Canterbury Anifest in which Skwigly contributor Neil Whitman meets Peter Firmin of Smallfilms, the production company that brought the UK such timeless …

  • Intimate Animation: Veronica L. Montaño & Manuela Leuenberger (“Ivan’s Need”)

    Intimate Animation: Veronica L. Montaño & Manuela Leuenberger (“Ivan’s Need”)

    Following our recent podcast minisode series, Skwigly are extending our coverage of this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival into episode 3 of Intimate Animation, our new podcast series where we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animations …

  • Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 4

    Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 4

    For our latest batch of Podcast Minisodes Skwigly have been delighted to bring you a series of exclusive filmmaker interviews from this year’s edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival that took place in Bristol last week.

    Showcasing …

  • Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 3

    Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 3

    For our latest batch of Podcast Minisodes Skwigly are delighted to bring you a series of exclusive filmmaker interviews from this year’s edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, taking place in Bristol this week.

    Showcasing a diverse …

  • OIAF 2016: Award Winners

    OIAF 2016: Award Winners

    Wrapping up its landmark 40th edition, leading North American animation film festival the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) last night announced its 2016 award winners at a ceremony that took place at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.

    With 80 …

  • Encounters 2016: Animated Award Winners

    Encounters 2016: Animated Award Winners

    The 22nd edition of the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival drew to a close last night with the announcement of this year’s winners. Those who took home prizes from the animation side are as follows:

    Animated Grand Prix

    Analysis …

  • Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 2

    Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 2

    For our latest batch of Podcast Minisodes Skwigly are delighted to bring you a series of exclusive filmmaker interviews from this year’s edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, taking place in Bristol this week.

    Showcasing a diverse …

  • NFB launch interactive app “Where’s Monsieur Pug?”

    NFB launch interactive app “Where’s Monsieur Pug?”

    Frima Studio and the National Film Board of Canada have announced the release of their new mobile geolocation game Where’s Monsieur Pug?, based on the short film by Janet Perlman. Combining geocaching with augmented reality, the game is available for …

  • Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 1

    Skwigly at Encounters: Filmmaker Q&As 1

    For our latest batch of Podcast Minisodes Skwigly are delighted to bring you a series of exclusive filmmaker interviews from this year’s edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, taking place in Bristol this week.

    Showcasing a diverse …

  • Podcast: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director Travis Knight

    Podcast: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director Travis Knight

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome back LAIKA CEO Travis Knight. Following his work as Lead Animator on the studio’s hit feature films Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, he has since gone on to make …

  • Lightbox: Haley Mancini (‘The Powerpuff Girls’)

    Lightbox: Haley Mancini (‘The Powerpuff Girls’)

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox Skwigly meet Haley Mancini, writer and voice-over actress on Cartoon Network‘s 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.
    First created by Craig McCracken (Dexter’s Lab, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends), the original …

  • Intimate Animation: Anna Ginsburg (‘Private Parts’)

    Intimate Animation: Anna Ginsburg (‘Private Parts’)

    After a warm response to its first episode last month, Skwigly are proud to bring you episode 2 of Intimate Animation, our new podcast series where we explore, discuss and interview the talents behind animations (old and new) that deal …

  • Interview with ‘Toutes Nuancées’ director Chloé Alliez

    Interview with ‘Toutes Nuancées’ director Chloé Alliez

    French-born director Chloé Alliez is a new talent to watch out for, having recently graduated from the illustrious visual arts school La Cambre with an MA in Animation following a prior bachelor’s degree in Illustration. Among the four stop-motion shorts …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Review

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Review

    Though not the biggest headline grabber of this summer’s mainstream cinematic offerings, LAIKA CEO Travis Knight‘s first directorial effort Kubo and the Two Strings does a far better job of meeting the bar of quality raised by some of 2016’s …

  • Lightbox: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director Travis Knight

    Lightbox: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director Travis Knight

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox we welcome back LAIKA President and CEO Travis Knight, who this year has made his directorial debut with the studio’s fourth stop-motion feature film Kubo and the Two Strings.
    The film, …

  • Aardman Week Podcast: Featuring Nick Park, Peter Lord & David Sproxton

    Aardman Week Podcast: Featuring Nick Park, Peter Lord & David Sproxton

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we reminisce on the glorious body of work Bristol-based Aardman Animations have been responsible for over the past forty years, from their internationally-renowned Oscar winning films to their hidden gems. Amongst …

  • Interview with ‘Long Live the Royals’ creator Sean Szeles

    Interview with ‘Long Live the Royals’ creator Sean Szeles

    Having debuted earlier this year in the States, Cartoon Network‘s new four-part miniseries Long Live the Royals will premiere on the network’s UK channel today, playing over four consecutive nights. The UK version of the show will also feature beloved …

  • DepicT! 2016 Shortlist Announced

    DepicT! 2016 Shortlist Announced

    Today sees the announcement of the DepicT! 2016 shortlist.
    A competitive strand within Bristol’s Encounters Festival, DepicT! challenges filmmakers to create an effective and engaging film told in 90 seconds or less.
    Previously shortlisted filmmakers include Dane Winn, Steve Kirby, …

  • ‘My Life as a Courgette’ acquired by GKIDS

    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ acquired by GKIDS

    Fantastic news for animation fans – independent animation distributor GKIDS have snapped up the North American distribution rights to Swiss director Claude Barras’s highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette).

    The news of the …

  • Encounters expands its 2016 line-up

    Encounters expands its 2016 line-up

    Bristol’s Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival has expanded the line-up for its 22nd edition to include even more exciting industry events for animation and film fans to get excited about.

    On top of a variety of supplemental events ranging …