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.
Ben's 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 and win 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" and while Scottish, Ben has been hailed as “a new voice in Spanish cinema”. Pikadero has been sold to television and theatrically distributed across Europe. Ben is now in development for his second feature.
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's commercial work has allowed him to work extensively in different cultures and parts of the world such as Dubai, Algeria, Kenya and Spain. He has worked with clients such as Natwest, Boots, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Dubai Government.
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 Distinction in Film Directing followed by an MFA in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university medal for outstanding achievement.
Ben is represented by Troika in London for film and television and Pretzel Films for commercial work.