About Ben Grace
Ben Grace is an award-winning director, filmmaker and editor based in Southampton, England. Previously releasing YouTube vlogs and comedy skits under the username Ben Grace Affie, Ben decided to focus solely on independent filmmaking. Since then he has written and directed over a dozen short films as well as assisting other crews as a DOP and editor.
How I Ate Your Mother, Ben Grace's first major short film won three awards at the Exposure Filmmakers 48 Hour Film Festival (Audience Award for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Editing) that was judged by Fay Rusling (Greenwing, Smack the Pony), Phil Peel (Love, John Lennon's Turd) and Glen Jevon (A Day in the Life of Status Quo, Laugh a Minute). HIAYM was also a finalist for Shooting People's Film of the Month (May 2014) judged by Will Massa (Senior Programme Manager at British Council Film) and screened as part of Nightpiece Film Festival and Portobello Film Festival. In September 2014, How I Ate Your Mother was also shortlisted at the Eastleigh Film Festival, which was judged by Owen Williams (Empire Magazine) and Gerard Melling (Commissioning Editor, Daytime Factual on BBC ONE/TWO).
In October 2014 After Party was 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. In January 2016, After Party was picked up for distribution by CryptTV, a LA-based distribution company co-founded by Eli Roth and Jason Blum.
In November 2014, Ben Grace won Best Director and Best Editor for Spanner in the Works at the Exposure Filmmakers 48hr Film Challenge. Actor Tom Dangerfield also won Best Actor for his role in the film. Spanner in the Works was accepted into the 5th Annual Siliguri International Short Film and Documentary Contest (as part of the Siliguri International Film Festival) in West Bengal, India. In March 2015, Spanner in the Works was also accepted into the Très Court International Film Festival and The Box Film Festival. In May 2015 Spanner in the Works was also accepted into the Walthamstow International Film Festival.
In January 2015 Smoking Kills won the title of Film of the Month in the One-Minute Films category of TOFF:The Online Film Festival. This win qualifies Smoking Kills for consideration i
n the same category for Film of the Year. Smoking Kills has also been accepted into the Now or Never International Film Festival in Gran Canaria, Spain.
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.
"This guy knows what he's doing, and how to do it well. I'm always happy to work with Ben."
- Steve Bull, Escelion Films
"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