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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  • 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 …

  • Lightbox: An Interview with Job Roggeveen and Joris Oprins (Job, Joris & Marieke)

    Lightbox: An Interview with Job Roggeveen and Joris Oprins (Job, Joris & Marieke)

    In the latest episode of our animated mini-documentary series Lightbox, Skwigly meets Job Roggeveen and Joris Oprins of the Netherlands-based animation studio Job, Joris & Marieke.
    Together with Marieke Blaauw the team have created several acclaimed shorts including MUTE and …

  • 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 …