Ben Phelps is an award-winning Writer and Director from Sydney, Australia. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Film Studies), Bachelor of Laws and Masters of Media Production (Directing), Ben has written several feature screenplays and directed successful short films, TV commercials and online content.
Ben’s short films, CHECKPOINT (Screen NSW Young Filmmakers Fund) and NICE SHOOTIN’ COWBOY (Screen Australia), have garnered over 20 awards and been selected for Official Competition in over 100 prestigious international festivals, including 40 Academy Awards accredited festivals. Highlights include major prizes in Australia, USA, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Russia. CHECKPOINT won the Jury Prize at Montreal Film Festival 2006 and a Dendy Award at Sydney Film Festival 2007. NICE SHOOTIN’ COWBOY became one of only 80 films eligible for the 2011 Oscars after winning Best Short Film at Austin Film Festival 2009. Both films were picked up for international distribution by Flickerfest and Arenafilm respectively, playing on TV in over 6 countries worldwide, including SBS Australia. Check out the full list of Awards and Festivals for Ben’s films.
Ben also has a feature screenplay in development, THE HITMAN’S COOKBOOK, with co-writer/editor Gabriel Dowrick and Producer, Paul Sullivan, of Benchmark Films. THE HITMAN’S COOKBOOK was a semi-finalist in the prestigious screenwriting competition at Austin Film Festival 2011 and a finalist in the acclaimed international competition, Script Pipeline 2012.
Ben is an alumnus of the competitive creative lab, Accelerator, at Melbourne International Film Festival. He is represented by Redback Media (TVCs, corporates & branded content).