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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  • Jan Švankmajer to embark on final feature film ‘Insects’

    Jan Švankmajer to embark on final feature film ‘Insects’

    Jan Švankmajer – the world-renowned Czechoslovakian surrealist animation filmmaker whose body of work includes over thirty films including the features Alice, Conspirators of Pleasure and Little Otik – has recently announced plans to begin filming what he has declared as …

  • Annecy 2016 VR events announced

    Annecy 2016 VR events announced

    Annecy have this week announced three major VR-centric events as part of their 2016 line-up, showcasing the medium’s growing relationship with animation as a means of telling bold, envelope-pushing stories.

    Google Spotlight Stories: Once upon a time in 360 (13/06/2016)…

  • Google launch Patrick Osborne’s ‘Pearl’

    Google launch Patrick Osborne’s ‘Pearl’

    Pearl, a new addition to the Google Spotlight Story series directed by Academy Award®-winner Patrick Osborne, has officially launched today. You can watch the film below via the Spotlight Stories channel:

    Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows

  • Skwigly Podcast: Joe Brumm (Studio Joho)

    Skwigly Podcast: Joe Brumm (Studio Joho)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Joe Brumm of Studio Joho, the team behind the animation on some of the most successful College Humor animated gags, including Paperman Threesome and Tinderella: A Modern Fairy Tale. …

  • ‘The Foley Grail’ – book review

    ‘The Foley Grail’ – book review

    The Foley Grail: The Art of Performing Sound for Film, Games and Animation
    Second Edition
    Author: Vanessa Theme Ament
    Publisher: Focal Press

    There’s a much-bandied about quote (the earliest instance of which I can track down being a mention in …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Conor Whelan (‘Snowfall’)

    Skwigly Podcast: Conor Whelan (‘Snowfall’)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Dublin-born, Vancouver-based animator and designer Conor Whelan, who has produced high quality commercial work for clients such as the Institute of Creative Advertising & Design, alongside personal projects such …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – latest trailer and posters

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – latest trailer and posters

    LAIKA have today released their latest official full-length trailer for their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings, following the first and second trailers released earlier this year.

    An epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio …

  • NFB’s Annecy 2016 presence strengthened by Official Features Selection

    NFB’s Annecy 2016 presence strengthened by Official Features Selection

    Among the recently announced list of feature films that will compete for the Best Feature Cristal at Annecy 2016 will be Window Horses from director Ann Marie Fleming, the first (since Pierre Hébert’s La Plante Humaine in 1997) National Film …

  • Annecy 2016 Features Selection Revealed

    Annecy 2016 Features Selection Revealed

    On top of a number of exciting feature film premieres – such as The Red Turtle, Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets – set to take place at Annecy 2016, this year’s list of officially-selected competitive and non-competitive …

  • CAN at CIFF (Part 1)

    CAN at CIFF (Part 1)

    Very few inaugural outings for an animation strand of a festival make quite such a strong impression out of the gate as the team behind Cardiff Animation Nights’ managed to this past weekend, whose animation strand incorporated into the longer-running …

  • Disney talent to present ‘Moana’ and new short ‘Inner Workings’ at Annecy 2016

    Disney talent to present ‘Moana’ and new short ‘Inner Workings’ at Annecy 2016

    Highly respected filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) will be representing Walt Disney Animation Studios at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival in a presentation an exclusive and previously-unseen preview …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Rosto (Studio Rosto A.D)

    Skwigly Podcast: Rosto (Studio Rosto A.D)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome the highly prolific and acclaimed Dutch animator/multimedia storyteller Rosto. With musical origins that date back to the early nineties, Rosto’s interactive graphic novel project Mind My Gap began in …

  • Michèle Lemieux exhibition to be held in Paris

    Michèle Lemieux exhibition to be held in Paris

    The work of renowned children’s book illustrator and animator Michèle Lemieux will be honoured in a special exhibition that takes place at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris from today until September 2, 2016. The exhibition, entitled The Whole and …

  • Don Hertzfeldt on Blu-ray – Review

    Don Hertzfeldt on Blu-ray – Review

    Blu-ray has been a tricky medium for this consumer to get on board with, existing as it does in an era where the ephemeral nature of home media has become resoundingly clear, yet the fond memories of accruing films and …

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – Latest Trailer & Character Posters

    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – Latest Trailer & Character Posters

    Illumination Entertainment have released the latest trailer for their upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets in anticipation of its late-June UK release. Following on from an initial teaser last June and a more extensive trailer in January, this …

  • Annecy 2016 to welcome Guillermo del Toro

    Annecy 2016 to welcome Guillermo del Toro

    The Annecy festival have this week announced its latest 2016 Masterclass event in which award-winning master storyteller Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) who will be discussing his prolific career and offering up a first ever glimpse of …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Felix Massie (Nexus/Aardman/Arthur Cox)

    Skwigly Podcast: Felix Massie (Nexus/Aardman/Arthur Cox)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome award-winning animator Felix Massie. Following a string of highly-regarded projects for Arthur Cox and Aardman, Felix presently works at Nexus as an animator and director where he made his …

  • ‘Day of the Tentacle Remastered’ – Review

    ‘Day of the Tentacle Remastered’ – Review

    If I were to do the fair thing and disregard the Super Mario franchise, my two fondest memories of playing video games as an adorable whippersnapper also happened to be, in their own way, two of my biggest visual, creative …

  • ‘Finding Dory’ – new character images and cast info released

    ‘Finding Dory’ – new character images and cast info released

    As the release of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory draws ever closer, prospective audiences have been given more of a look at the ensemble cast via a series of images originally released to USA Today. The film, a sequel to the 2003 …

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New footage released for Easter

    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ – New footage released for Easter

    Illumination Entertainment have released more footage from their upcoming feature film The Secret Life of Pets, with a focus on Kevin Hart’s character Snowball to coincide with the Easter weekend:

    As well as Hart the film also stars fellow comic …

  • ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – first teaser trailers released

    ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – first teaser trailers released

    I AM Lego Batman#LEGOBatman pic.twitter.com/TSg9IOdLAw

    — Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) March 22, 2016

    This week has offered up some up the first glimpses of Warner Bros.’ follow-up to its joyful 2014 hit The Lego Movie with the release of early images …

  • Skwigly Podcast: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (‘Anomalisa’)

    Skwigly Podcast: Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (‘Anomalisa’)

    In the latest episode of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we welcome Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, directors of the stunning stop-motion feature film Anomalisa, currently out in UK cinemas. Kaufman, a well-established and respected screenwriter whose filmography includes Being John …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new trailer released!

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ – new trailer released!

    LAIKA have today released a new trailer for their upcoming feature Kubo and the Two Strings. Following the first official full-length trailer released earlier this year that focused on the titular Kubo, this second look offers viewers a more detailed …

  • British Animation Awards – 2016 winners announced!

    British Animation Awards – 2016 winners announced!

    Last night saw the 2016 British Animation Awards take place, twenty years after the prestigious event began. The biennial ceremony took place at London’s BFI Southbank presented by voiceover artists Duncan Wisbey and Jess Robinson, awarding the best of this …

  • Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss ‘Anomalisa’

    Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss ‘Anomalisa’

    Tomorrow will see the wider UK release of Anomalisa, one of the past year’s most anticipated animated features following its near-universal Stateside acclaim. The film, which Skwigly reviewed last week, is penned by Charlie Kaufman, a man whose scripts are …