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Filmmaker BENJAMIN FREEMANTLE Proves a Unique Voice Sharing Narrative and Documentary Stories with the World

NEW YORK (March 5, 2020) – Rising filmmaker Benjamin Freemantle is proving a unique voice in cinema, winning awards and accolades for both his narrative and documentary film projects.


Since its premiere on the festival circuit in February, Freemantle earned the Award of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards for writing, producing and directing the new coming-of-age short, Squeak. The film follows a young boy’s courageous journey to confront a mouse keeping him awake at night, only to discover the squeaks have a far more dreadful source. Continuing on the circuit, Squeak heads to the Rome Independent Prisma Awards, Digital Griffix Film Festival and Frostbite International Film Festival.


Freemantle also recently debuted a second festival project as director and producer of the mini-documentary, Next 10, which experiments by asking friends and strangers to draw what they think the world will look like in 10 years.


Freemantle has surfaced as a rising talent in several areas of filmmaking, including editing. He put his skills to work as the editor on Sancheev Ravichandran’s biographical docu short about food, culture and family in Kopitiam, which premiered last month at the 2020 Santa Barbara Film Festival.


Coming up, Freemantle has several projects in the works, including directing the surreal identity crisis comedy Check The Box, and the complicated immigrant tale Where Are You From Again? He is finishing-up as editor and producer on the coming-of-age struggle All The Things I Wish I Said, and also steps in as post-production supervisor and co-editor for the upcoming dramatic short, Kurma, about an Indian man trying to grieve the loss of his daughter while caring for his ailing father.


Originally from Ontario, Canada, Freemantle moved to New York to study his craft at New York University. He earned a BFA in Film & Television from Tisch School of the Arts with honors Summa Cum Laude. He first attracted attention for his short film, Wishes and Dreams, receiving numerous awards and official selections nods, including an Award of Merit in the Social Justice category at The Best Shorts Competition.  

Freemantle is not only a solid filmmaker, but he is a trained dancer. After training with A2Y Dance Inc’s Senior Company, Freemantle was a dancer and choreographer for Pulse Dance Project, an elite contemporary and hip-hop troop at NYU. He also served as President of The Ballet Company at NYU for two years.

Freemantle now splits his time between New York City and Toronto, Canada.


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