BEN BRIAND / ABOUT & CONTACT
With a fine arts background Ben is a unique breed of director working across narrative, installation, documentary, music video and commercial disciplines.
Ben’s award winning work is often praised for its distinctive approach. He forms delicately crafted visual images whilst eliciting honest human performances from the heart of his stories. His work is cinematic in style and his technical eye always enables a beautiful yet highly contemporary aesthetic.
In the commercial arena Ben has directed numerous award winning advertising campaigns for clients such as Sony Ericsson, Toyota, Telstra, Westfield & high-end accessories brand Benah. He was awarded the Silver SHOTS Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival (2009) followed by the New Director Award at Adfest for his Ballantines Soccer Can TVC, which also picked up two Pencils for Ben’s Direction and Editing at AWARD. Other commercial projects he directed have picked up numerous awards including Spikes, two Silver Medals at the Phoenix Awards and a Gold at the New York Festivals’ International Advertising and Television and Film Awards.
Ben’s first foray into drama came when he won the coveted major prize for the Optus ONE80 Project in its inauguration year. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed docu-drama short film Hammer Bay, produced by MTV Films and Cherub Pictures. In 2009 & 2010 Ben wrote and directed three critically acclaimed short films that solidified his talent for drama; These personal projects deal with his ongoing preoccupation with the themes of memory and identity. These distinct projects went on to gain immense notoriety for Briand with one of the films, Apricot, garnering a huge online cult following upon release, eventually being voted Best Narrative film on Vimeo by a community of over 3 million users. The same year he received a nomination for Best Director by the Australian Director’s Guild for Some Static Started.
Heavy weight film industry publication Encore Magazine selected Ben as one of the top 10 industry faces to watch.
Ben continues to work on unique commercial and film projects.
For feature film related work Ben is managed by Mosaic Media Group Los Angeles CA.
All other contact ben(at)benbriand.com