Mark Simon Hewis is a multi-award winning filmmaker based in Bristol. He has been making short films since he was 17 when his first film - made entirely inside a photo-booth using the built-in camera - was shown at the infamous Curzon Cinema in Brixton, London. He has continued to make films that have had success at festivals throughout the world, including distribution deals throughout the USA, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Mark has spent the last three years making his first feature film 8 Minutes Idle for Ifeatures/ BBC Films and Arthur Cox whist also working as a live-action commercials director, writer, editor and producer for companies including Aardman Animations.
Mark graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003 with a Masters in Animation where he a made two films, Trap and Spinnaker Leech, both of which competed in film festivals throughout the world. He was awarded Film Council funding to make The Chihuahua Messiah, runner-up for the BBC New Filmmaker Award 2005 and won the Fortean Times Film of the year 2006. He made a short live action comedy for BBC3, released in 2006 called God and Dave, runner-up in the Encounters Festival Audience Award and selected by the British Council for representation. It was completed and aired in 2006, winning the audience award at the Bristol Filmmakers Festival the same year. Mark then made the short The Life Sized Zoetrope in 2008. It was used by Mark Kermode in a Review Show special on BBC2, about how to make the perfect short film. In 2008 it was nominated for 8 awards at the British Animation Awards (even though it is a live-action film), won the Grand Prix at the London International Animation Festival and the Tampere Film Festival. It subsequently gained distribution deals across the world and has been included in DVD compilations about the history of alternation short animation and filmmaking.
In the past Mark has been represented as a commercial director by Aardman and ArthurCox in Bristol where he has worked for 8 years making pop promos, commercials and branded content. As well as directing he has been a freelance Production Manager, 1st Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Composer and Editor on around 60 commercials and short films. These roles have included the planning and organisation of the Guinness World Record for the biggest animation ever created and Editor of the BAFTA award winning film Mother of Many in 2009.
Mark has recently received funding for a new short film due to be finished by the end of 2017, and is in script stage for his next feature film and developing a TV series.
(He is also a proud Dyslexic and apologises for any errors on this website he simply cannot see.)