About

Ben Crawford is a Filmmaker from the UK, currently based in Birmingham. Ben works at the intersection of contemporary moving-image, narrative and non-fiction cinema. His work uses film to understand why things came to be the way they are. He explores the boundaries of documentary to create work that explores the murky nature of identity and place.

Background

Ben’s distinctive style of filmmaking begun in earnest as a 21 year old in art school. In the decade or so that has passed, he has gone on to make films for himself and clients that challenge convention, tell evocative stories and get selected for awards.
Ben recently completed a part-time Master of Arts Degree at the University of Birmingham, earning a high distinction. His graduation film ‘From the End of the Road’ was incredibly well received and Ben is screening it in film festivals and art galleries.
He also has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Kent. As part of his undergraduate degree he was trained in Directing, Cinematography and Documentary Photography at Marmara University, Istanbul.
Although he believes filmmakers don’t need to go through university, his experiences abroad and in the UK have been thoroughly formative and fulfilling.

Commercial

Ben has extensive experience producing film/video for clients in the cultural and education sectors. The comibination of his academic training and extensive professional experience give him the unique ability to create sought-after content. Working closely with institutions, artists and collaborators, Ben’s intuitive and insightful films have been shown in festivals, exhibitions and online.
He has worked in crews in film and television and has experience in and out of the arts/cultural sector, in education, research, curation and workshops/facilitation.
He is currently employed at the pioneering Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham as Creative Digital Producer where he leads on media production across the organisation.

Internationally exhibited

Ben’s films have been shown internationally in both gallery and cinema contexts, including at Birmingham’s Flatpack festival and Margate’s Turner Contemporary where his films were displayed for the prestigious Platform Graduate Award.
From the End of the Road‘ was incredibly well received and Ben is currently exploring festival and screening opportunities. It is due to have it’s world premiere in May 2022 as part of the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham. More information can found on it’s dedicated website and twitter.
It’s success is a testiment to Ben’s abilities, it’s wide recognition is striking when considering that it was made during pandemic conditions and as a university project.

MA Film and Television: Research and Production (part-time)
University of Birmingham, 2019-2021

BA (Hons) Fine Art with approved year abroad
University of Kent 2011-2015

Marmara University, Istanbul, 2013-2014

Advertising with Marketing Communications
Certificate in Higher Education
Bournemouth University, 2008-2011

Nominated for Best Documentary (From the End of the Road), Midlands Movies Awards 2022

West Midlands Open, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, 2022

From the End of the Road – World Premiere, Flatpack Festival, 2022

Maryam Wahid: Zaibunnisa | Artist Introduction, Midlands Arts Centre, 2022

Dark to Light, Exploding Cinema, 2020

Locked-Down, Oddball Space, 2020

Platform Graduate Award, Turner Contemporary, 2015

Wetlands, Medway, Kent, 2015
Founding member/exhibiting artist

  • Shortlisted for Medway’s Culture, Design and Tourism 2015 award

  • £5000 University of Kent 50th Anniversary Student Project Grant winner

  • £1500 Medway Community Scholarship winner

  • Financial and other in-kind support from various organisations

Degree Show, Chatham History Dockyard, University of Kent, 2015

51zero Voyager – The Other Side of Here
Maison de l’Art et de la Communication, Sallaumines, Lens, France, 2015

Showroom, Bay Furniture, Gillingham, 2014

The Playground Collaborative, Sun Pier House, Chatham, 2013

Twenty14 Presents: The Loft, Sail and Colour Loft, Chatham Historic Dockyard, 2012

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