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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  • 10 animated shorts advance in 2016 Oscar® race

    10 animated shorts advance in 2016 Oscar® race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the ten animated shorts (out of sixty qualifiers) that will go forward for consideration of an 88th Academy Awards® nomination. The films span a number of international production territories including …

  • Q&A with Spin Kick Bros

    Q&A with Spin Kick Bros

    Following the launch of their online animation strand back in April, Wildseed Studios – the brainchild of duo Jesse Cleverly and Miles Bullough – have continued to expand the channel’s output with the addition of  new series, both live-action and …

  • ‘Oh Willy…’ directors Marc and Emma join Nexus
  • Skwigly Podcast: Sheldon Cohen & Rhiannon Evans

    Skwigly Podcast: Sheldon Cohen & Rhiannon Evans

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet Sheldon Cohen, known for his BAFTA-winning NFB short film adaptation The Sweater, discussing his more recent autobiographical animated short My Heart Attack which will screen as part of Skwigly’s …

  • Scrat returns in ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ short ‘Cosmic Scrat-Tastrophe’

    Scrat returns in ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ short ‘Cosmic Scrat-Tastrophe’

    In the lead-up to 2016’s Ice Age: Collision Course, Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox have released a new short film starring the hit movie franchise’s hapless and ever-imperiled Scrat. Watch Cosmic Scrat-Tastrophe below:

    The new five-minute film leads in …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! – Special Guests

    Skwigly at KLIK! – Special Guests

    Continuing our series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, in episode 4 we chat with festival director Yvonne Van Ulden about what goes into the running of KLIK! as well as this …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 3

    Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 3

    Continuing our series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, in episode 3 we hear from more attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of the KLIK! Filmmaker Talkshow.

    Featured in …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Sam, director of ‘Pos Eso’

    Skwigly Podcast: Sam, director of ‘Pos Eso’

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet Spanish director Sam in anticipation of an upcoming screening of his stop-motion feature film Pos Eso (Possessed) at Manchester’s HOME to be introduced by Steve Henderson. Other films Sam …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 2

    Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 2

    Continuing our series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, in episode 2 we hear from more attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of the KLIK! Filmmaker Talkshow.

    Featured in …

  • Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 1

    Skwigly at KLIK! – Filmmaker Talkshow 1

    Skwigly are proud to present a series of exclusive podcast minisodes from this year’s edition of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival.
    In episode 1 we hear from attending filmmakers in conversation with Hans Walther as part of the KLIK!’s Filmmaker …

  • Timothy Reckart celebrates Día de los Muertos with Sun Bones music video ‘Arms’
  • Lightbox: “We Bare Bears” Creator Daniel Chong

    Lightbox: “We Bare Bears” Creator Daniel Chong

    In the latest episode of our video series Lightbox, Daniel Chong speaks with Skwigly at the 2015 Annecy International Animation Festival about his hit show We Bare Bears, now airing in the UK on Cartoon Network following its Stateside debut …

  • GMUNK joins Nexus and Nexus Interactive Arts

    GMUNK joins Nexus and Nexus Interactive Arts

    Designer/director GMUNK is the latest addition to the Nexus/Nexus Interactive Arts talent roster for exclusive UK and European representation. has joined their impressive roster of talent for exclusive representation in the UK and the rest of Europe.

    GMUNK is a …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Factory & Rumpus Animation

    Skwigly Podcast: Factory & Rumpus Animation

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet Phil Chalk, Managing Director of Factory. Having most recently produced Scream Street for CBBC, the Manchester-based studio is known for a variety of popular series including Newzoids, Strange Hill …

  • ICO and Astley Baker Davies take ‘The Big Knights’ on Tour!

    ICO and Astley Baker Davies take ‘The Big Knights’ on Tour!

    The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) have teamed up with Astley Baker Davies to put together a newly-remastered feature film compilation of Neville Astley and Mark Baker’s much-loved BBC children’s series The Big Knights. The film brings together a selection of …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Doug TenNapel (‘Armikrog/’The Neverhood’/’Earthworm Jim’)

    Skwigly Podcast: Doug TenNapel (‘Armikrog/’The Neverhood’/’Earthworm Jim’)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re very happy to welcome animator, artist, graphic novelist and video game designer Doug TenNapel. On top of his current ongoing projects such as the Dreamworks/Netflix series VeggieTales In The House …

  • An Interview with Animation Director Paul Driessen

    An Interview with Animation Director Paul Driessen

    Presently based in France, Dutch-Canadian animation director Paul Driessen has been consistently prolific in the world of animated shorts since the early seventies. Initially developing his style at the National Film Board of Canada, Paul has subsequently produced over twenty-five …

  • A Conversation with ‘Armikrog’/‘Earthworm Jim’ creator Doug TenNapel

    A Conversation with ‘Armikrog’/‘Earthworm Jim’ creator Doug TenNapel

    Tennessee-based artist Doug TenNapel‘s output ranges from graphic novels (including such brilliantly-drawn works as Creature Tech, Ratfist and the ongoing Scholastic Graphix series Nnewts) to animated TV shows such as the Nickelodeon series Catscratch and presently VeggieTales in the House …

  • Q&A with Nexus director Jack Cunningham

    Q&A with Nexus director Jack Cunningham

    Jack Cunningham is a London-based animator, illustrator and director at Nexus Productions. Recently Jack was approached to direct a short animation for Google Play’s California Inspires Me, a series of recollections from local artists and performers commissioned for the California …

  • Encounters 2015: Animation Highlights (Part 3)

    Encounters 2015: Animation Highlights (Part 3)

    Shortly before this year’s Encounters festival kicked off my wisdom teeth decided to start shifting like tectonic plates, jolting their toothy brethren into a state of despair that no amount of clove oil could assuage. As such I found myself …

  • NFB Launch ‘I Love Potatoes’

    NFB Launch ‘I Love Potatoes’

    This week sees the launch of I Love Potatoes, the latest project from the National Film Board of Canada‘s acclaimed interactive media strand. Created by established documentarian and NFB artist in residence Vali Fugulin (whose recent projects with the NFB …

  • Skwigly Podcast: the talents behind ‘Danger Mouse’ + Encounters 2015 highlights

    Skwigly Podcast: the talents behind ‘Danger Mouse’ + Encounters 2015 highlights

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we meet the talents behind CBBC’s new Danger Mouse reboot, including voice cast members Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse), Kevin Eldon (Penfold) and Shauna Macdonald (Professor Squawkencluck). We also hear from CBBC’s …

  • Go Behind-The-Scenes of ‘Honda: Paper’ with PES

    Go Behind-The-Scenes of ‘Honda: Paper’ with PES

    PES fans will have doubtless seen his elaborately animated and extraordinarily detailed new commercial for Honda which was first broadcast this past weekend. In it the veteran indie filmmaker has applied his outside-the-box creativity to the daunting brief of visually …

  • Encounters 2015: Animation Highlights (Part 1)

    Encounters 2015: Animation Highlights (Part 1)

    Last week saw Bristol’s Watershed fully immersed in Encounters festivities, with creatives from all corners of the globe coming together to celebrate exciting new work. As usual Skwigly were ever-present to rejoice in the festival’s animation strand, which remains a …

  • Encounters 2015: Animated Award Winners

    Encounters 2015: Animated Award Winners

    The 21st 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 and honorable mentions from the animation side are as follows:

    Animated …