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: ‘Finding Dory’ & ‘Piper’

    Skwigly Podcast: ‘Finding Dory’ & ‘Piper’

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we air some grievances and concerns regarding the UK’s recent referendum outcome and the longer-term ramifications leaving the EU may have on the animation industry.

    Later in the episode we welcome …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    In the week since Annecy 2016 wrapped up we’ve been positively spoiled by the wealth of new animation talent, upcoming projects and recent industry successes in its wake. Today we bring you a second round of special event highlights from …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 1)

    Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 1)

    In the week since Annecy 2016 wrapped up we’ve been positively spoiled by the wealth of new animation talent, upcoming projects and recent industry successes in its wake (it’s certainly made for a fine distraction from certain troubling current events). …

  • Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    Annecy 2016: Short Films In Competition 6 – ‘Off-Limits’

    On first viewing of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival‘s sixth (of six) short film competition screening ‘Off-Limits’, I left with a vague impression that the selection largely suffered from ‘Naked Emperor’ syndrome; the inevitable cluster of films whose artistic …

  • Jan Švankmajer answers Skwigly readers’ questions

    Jan Švankmajer answers Skwigly readers’ questions

    Following the successful launch of celebrated Czech animation filmmaker Jan Švankmajer’s proposed “last film” Insects , the film has already amassed over 130% of its initial target, with a hopeful stretch goal in place that would guarantee the film’s production …

  • ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ – Film Review

    Perhaps the least surprising outcome of this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival awards ceremony came in the form of a double-win for My Life as a Courgette (AKA My Life as a Zucchini, depending on where you catch it), …

  • Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Following Friday’s Special Prizes ceremony, last night saw the announcement of the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival award winners. Presented by Artistic Director Marcel Jean along with the festival jury members and several guests, the evening kicked off with …

  • Trailer for Felix Massie’s ‘Rain or Shine’ released

    Trailer for Felix Massie’s ‘Rain or Shine’ released

    Rain or Shine, the upcoming contribution to Google ATAP’s Google Spotlight Stories series of immersive, interactive short film experiences was showcased at the Annecy International Festival of Animated Film this week to much enthusiasm. The film, directed by Felix Massie …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Prize Winners

    Annecy 2016: Special Prize Winners

    Ten special Annecy International Animated Film Festival prizes have been awarded tonight at the Annecy Town Hall. These awards were distributed in the presence of Annecy Mayor Jean-Luc Rigaut at a ceremony that took place earlier this evening. You can …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Chris Renaud (‘The Secret Life of Pets’)

    Skwigly Podcast: Chris Renaud (‘The Secret Life of Pets’)

    In this episode of the podcast we meet Chris Renaud, director of Illumination’s latest feature The Secret Life of Pets, that will premiere at the Annecy festival tomorrow in anticipation of its wider European release next week. Chris Renaud’s industry …

  • ‘Window Horses’ – A Conversation with Ann Marie Fleming

    ‘Window Horses’ – A Conversation with Ann Marie Fleming

    Award-winning filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming, whose body of work includes the animated biography The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003) and the adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), has recently finished work on …

  • ‘Welcome to Showside’ – Graphic Novel Giveaway!

    ‘Welcome to Showside’ – Graphic Novel Giveaway!

    This week (June 15th) sees the publication of the trade paperback edition of Welcome to Showside. The 176-page graphic novel, an original creation of Adventure Time comic artist Ian McGinty, is published by Z2 Comics, a New York-based boutique publisher …

  • Interview with Franck Dion (‘The Head Vanishes’)

    Interview with Franck Dion (‘The Head Vanishes’)

    UPDATE: Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes recently won the Short Film Cristal at this year’s Annecy International Festival of Animated Film!
    Following a firmly-established and much-celebrated filmography that includes the multi-award winning shorts The Phantom Inventory (2006), Monsieur Cok (2008) …

  • NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Pumpers’ (Pascaline Lefebvre)

    NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Pumpers’ (Pascaline Lefebvre)

    This week on Skwigly we’ve been delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    With a BA in Graphic Design from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Pascaline …

  • ‘Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children’ review

    ‘Psychonauts, the Forgotten Children’ review

    Among the Official Features Selection of this year’s Annecy festival is Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez’s Psychonauts, The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas, los niños olvidados). Adapted from Vázquez’s independent graphic novel Psiconautas, the film is a feature-length outing for the characters …

  • NFB: Hothouse 11: ‘Mindfork’ (Catherine Dubeau)

    NFB: Hothouse 11: ‘Mindfork’ (Catherine Dubeau)

    This week on Skwigly we’re delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    After five years of art school in her teens, Catherine Dubeau spent several years at …

  • NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Him’ (Lorna Kirk)

    NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Him’ (Lorna Kirk)

    This week on Skwigly we’re delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    Lorna Kirk completed her MA in Visual Anthropology in 1999 at the University of Manchester …

  • Patrick Osborne discusses ‘Pearl’ (Google Spotlight Stories)

    Patrick Osborne discusses ‘Pearl’ (Google Spotlight Stories)

    Google ATAP have recently released the latest project in their Spotlight Stories series, Pearl. Pairing up with Patrick Osborne, the Academy Award®-winning director of Disney’s Feast, the ATAP team have created another immensely watchable, immersive storytelling experience following on from …

  • NFB Hothouse 11: ‘UFO’ (Rhayne Vermette)

    NFB Hothouse 11: ‘UFO’ (Rhayne Vermette)

    This week on Skwigly we’re delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    With a background in architecture, Rhayne Vermette has pieced together an informal film education through …

  • NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Little Big Bang’ (Duncan Major)

    NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Little Big Bang’ (Duncan Major)

    This week on Skwigly we’re delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    Duncan Major started out as a printer’s devil making books, cards and posters with metal …

  • NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Fyoog’ (Curtis Horsburgh)

    NFB Hothouse 11: ‘Fyoog’ (Curtis Horsburgh)

    This week on Skwigly we’re delighted to meet the participants of the National Film Board of Canada‘s 11th Hothouse apprenticeship scheme for emerging Canadian animators.

    Hailing from Calgary, Curtis Horsburgh is Victoria-based, mixed media animation artist whose work combines traditional …

  • Interview with Malcolm Sutherland, Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 11

    Interview with Malcolm Sutherland, Mentoring Director for the NFB’s Hothouse 11

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

  • Interview with Jessica Borutski (‘Bunnicula’)

    Interview with Jessica Borutski (‘Bunnicula’)

    Canadian-born, LA-based animation artist Jessica Borutski is no stranger to cartoon rabbits; her previous experience in animated series production includes the controversial redesign of the Looney Tunes character ensemble for 2010’s The Looney Tunes Show, as well as a brief …

  • An Interview with Jan Švankmajer

    An Interview with Jan Švankmajer

    In less than a week since its launch, world-renowned Czech animation filmmaker Jan Švankmajer’s proposed “last film” Insects had already received over 90% of its first funding goal, firmly proving the artist’s status as one of animation history’s most respected …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Bill Plympton (Plymptoons)

    Skwigly Podcast: Bill Plympton (Plymptoons)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re delighted to welcome back New York-based, twice-Oscar-nominated indie animation legend Bill Plympton of Plymptoons. With a long-established reputation as one of the scene’s most prolific artists, Bill has recently added …