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 sophomore feature LIMBO, was awarded the Cannes Film Festival "Official Selection 2020" label and will have its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September followed by a European Premiere at San Sebastian International Film Festival. Limbo is backed by Film4, The British Film Institute and Screen Scotland. Limbo is produced by Irune Gurtubai for Caravan Cinema and Angus Lamont.
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 has been theatrically distributed across Europe and sold to television and VOD as far as China. It is available on Amazon 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'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 with M&C Saatchi and Saatchi World Services.
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 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.