ABOUT BEN GRACE
Ben Grace is an award-winning director, filmmaker and editor based in Southampton, England. His short films have been screened internationally at numerous festivals across the globe. In total, Ben has been nominated for over forty awards across several dozen film festivals, picking up a selection of awards. This includes being accepted into Très Court International Film Festival, Siliguri Internation Film Festival, Southampton Film Week and being a Top 3 Finalist for Shooting People’s Film of the Month.
In July 2015 Ben Grace was accepted into Creative England's South West Talent Module which is part of the BFI NET.WORK that aims to help emerging filmmakers get funding and help for their first feature film.
In January 2016, After Party was picked up for distribution by CryptTV, a LA-based distribution company co-founded by Eli Roth (Hostel) and Jason Blum (Insidious, The Purge, Whiplash). After Party was also shortlisted for the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film at the SFW: Shorts 2014 competition as part of Southampton Film Week. It has also been accepted into the January edition 2015 of TOFF: The Online Film Festival.
Antelope, Ben Grace's most recent short film, was released onto the film festival circuit in late 2017, winning the Technical Jury Prize (Best Film) at Meglio Matti Che Corti 2017 competition in Modena, Italy, a national competition under the Percorto initiative program promoted by Dipartimento di Salute Mentale e Dipendenze Patologiche (Department of Mental Health and Pathological Addictions) in Italy. The competition is held in collaboration with Idee in Circolo, Nonantola Film Festival, University of Modena, Ucca, Le parole ritrovate nazionali, the Forum Mental Health Association Rosabianca, EnnesimoFilmFestival, Corti-Vivi, Radioliberamente, DramaTeatro, vibrates and Supercinemaestivo.
In addition Antelope was longlisted for Best British Film and the Hampshire Prize at Winchester Short Film Festival and screened during Southampton Film Week as part of Ideas for Wellbeing.
“Southern Health is proud to support the making of the film ‘Antelope’. As an organisation, we are always striving to contribute towards innovative and creative ways in which we can continue to tackle stigma and discrimination that can be associated with mental illness. Through working with people with lived experience, we’re able to co-produce different materials and media that raises awareness and helps contribute to a community where mental health is more easily spoken about and supported.”
- Sarah Leonard, Acute Care Matron, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
"I struggle to find the words to describe what Antelope means to me. It is a real, honest and beautiful portrayal of what it is to be human - with or without a mental health struggle. It treads the fine line of hope and despair that many of us battle with on a daily basis. It has touched my soul deeply."
- Debs Carter, Touch Network
“Taking its name from a Southampton psychiatric intensive care unit, Antelope depicts with sensitivity and humanity the impact of a sudden descent into mental health crisis on a young woman and her family. In doing so, it shines a welcome and much-needed light on the challenges faced by many in our society who live daily with mental health issues.”
-Kevin Gardner, Solent Mind
"I have to admit to being very honoured that Ben worked on the final stages of editing on one of my short western cine-poems - “Send Me Your Smile - A Desert Monologue”. He pulled the film together out of nothing, reading the Director’s cluttered mind and visualising it in his own inimitable way to create a superb masterpiece. I would have no hesitation in working with Ben Grace again - his DOP skills are well proven, and his editing technique is tight but still with an eye for detail."
" I have worked with Ben on various projects and he is a knowledgeable resilient DOP, writer and director. His technical skills, ability to manoeuvre the set to provide the right shot on a tight schedule, is a boon to any director. Ben Grace is a total team player whom goes beyond the line of duty by not only covering all angles required but gets even more impromptu shots without eating into the allocated time. This definitely makes any post-production edit that much more easier. I look forward to working with Ben again soon!"
"This guy knows what he's doing, and how to do it well. I'm always happy to work with Ben."