Coming from a background in documentary cinematography and award-winning filmmaking, Ben has been focusing on campaigns around films in recent years, recognising how documentaries can influence public opinion and trigger social change.
Clients across Europe and North America hire Ben as strategic consultant or active outreach producer to identify and engage target audiences, create networks and partnerships, produce additional content, and build action-focused websites.
First as producer of marketing and distribution at the Scottish Documentary Institute and now with his new company Film & Campaign, Ben has worked on high-profile projects including I Am Breathing (global screening day), Future My Love (‘pay-it-forward’), Bugs (building and running BUGSfeed, a publishing platform about edible insects), and Moving Docs (a pan-European initiative for audience development).
Ben specialises in adapting NationBuilder campaigning software for outreach work around films like Awake - the Life of Yogananda, Seven Songs for a Long Life, Bikes vs Cars, and for organisations like Danish Documentary, Auto Images, Meridian Hill Pictures, Fathers Network Scotland, or Van Jones’ Magic Labs Media.
Ben is also known for serving 12 years as volunteer co-host of The D-Word, building a professional documentary community with 10,000 members.
He is a frequent consultant, speaker and tutor at film industry events across Europe.