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.
Ben Grace has recently completed Antelope, a drama that focuses on the stigma associated with mental health. Antelope has been shot with the approval and permission of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, who partnered with Ben, allowing him to film vital scenes within Antelope House, a operational PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit). Antelope is currently screening at select film festivals across Europe.
“Ben is a talented story teller and is a pleasure to work alongside. Always calm and collected on set with a clear vision of what he wants to achieve, he manages to promote a great atmosphere to work in as well as consistently delivering great stories with clear direction. He is a real asset on set from 2nd unit camera oping to BTS coverage, he takes direction or a brief and delivers great work, often throwing shot ideas into the mix that work really well. Ben is also a real team player and puts work in where it’s needed – a genuinely great person to have on set.”
– Jake Hawkins, The Red Red
“I was very fortunate to have Ben as the DoP and Editor on my short film ‘A Fine Bromance‘ and he is very hardworking and efficient. Ben Grace is very passionate about filmmaking, with particular focus on how to create the best looking shot possible. He is both skilled with the camera and in post production and has a great eye for composition. I found great value in working with Ben and wouldn’t hesitate to get him involved in any future projects.”
– Rachel Stephens, Director
“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.”
– Paul Vernon, NONREV Studios
“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!”
– Rakesh Thind, Director
“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