Ben Sharrock is an award winning writer and director known for his unique sense of cinematic style and voice. His work has been described as visually striking, quirky and intelligent.
Amidst the Covid 19 global pandemic, Ben’s sophomore feature film LIMBO, was awarded the Cannes Film Festival "Official Selection 2020" label before having it’s World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a European Premiere at San Sebastian IFF where it won the TCM Youth Jury Award. Limbo went on to screen as part the BFI London Film Festival where it was a runner up for the Audience Award, Macao International Film Festival where it won Best Film and Best Screenplay and Cairo International Film Festival where it was awarded The Golden Pyramid for Best Film, The Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution and the International Critics FIPRESCI Award. Limbo is produced by Irune Gurtubai for Caravan Cinema and Angus Lamont. It was funded by Film4, The British Film Institute and Screen Scotland and will be released in cinemas UK wide by MUBI in Spring 2021.
Ben's zero budget debut feature film PIKADERO, premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2015, where he was nominated for Best New Director. It went on to screen at over 40 major film festivals across the globe, winning multiple awards including the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI and Best Film at Kiev International Film Festival, Critic's Choice in Zurich and the Cineuropa Award in Brussels, among others. The film was recognised by the Spanish Film Academy as an "outstanding contribution to independent Spanish cinema”. Pikadero is available on Amazon Prime in the UK and US.
Ben’s previous short film work won numerous awards, including two BAFTA New Talents for “Best Drama” and “Best Writer” for Patata Tortilla in 2015.
Ben graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Arabic and Politics before attending Screen Academy Scotland, where he graduated with an MA (with Distinction) in Film Directing followed by an Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university prize for outstanding achievement.
Ben is represented in the UK by Harriet Pennington Legh at LARK for film and television and Rowena Arguelles at CAA in the US.