Ben is a film director working across narrative and commercial disciplines.
He forms delicately crafted visual images whilst eliciting honest human performances from the heart of his stories. He has directed projects featuring Gal Gadot, Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Joseph Fiennes and Jackie Weaver to name a few.
Ben’s personal film projects often feature his ongoing preoccupation with the themes of identity and memory. Most notably Apricot, Some Static Started and Castor & Pollux. The films went on to gain notoriety for Briand with 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.
His coming of age noir short film Blood Pulls A Gun had it's world premiere at SXSW Film Festival in competition for the Grand Jury Award. He was then awarded Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Melbourne International Film Festival along with a Best Director nomination by the Directors Guild of Australia. Follow up screenings included the BFI London Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
On the commercial side, Ben has helmed projects for clients such as Apple, Qantas, Inter-LGBT Association, Schweppes, Mitsubishi, Asahi Beer, Woolmark and Playboy Fragrances for Coty.
He has won numerous awards including the Silver SHOTS Young Director Award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival followed by the New Director Award at Adfest. Recently his project for Apple's celebration of same sex marriage was nominated for the Film Lion at Cannes and won TV Campaign of the Year at the B&T Awards. In addition, his short film featuring Brazilian ballet dancer Ingrid Silva won Cannes Silver Lion for Film Craft, a Gold for Best Direction at the Epica Advertising awards and took out the Grand Prix and Gold for Best Branded Content Film at the European Cristal Advertising Awards. Other commercial projects he directed have picked up numerous awards including Spikes, Clio’s and two Silver Medals at the Phoenix Awards and a Gold at the New York Festivals’ International Advertising and Television and Film Awards.
Ben continues to work on unique commercial and film projects.
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