Ben Kempas

Producer of Marketing and Distribution at Scottish Documentary Institute

With 15 years of experience as documentary filmmaker and cinematographer working out of Munich, Ben took up a newly-created post at the Scottish Documentary Institute in 2011. As Producer of Marketing and Distribution, he works across a slate of documentary films, connecting filmmakers and audiences in innovative and meaningful ways. Now based in Edinburgh, he develops campaigning strategies, online communications, distribution technology, and fundraising tools. Also a web producer and senior editor of SDI's online platforms, Ben helps shape a new voice for Scottish documentary. He ran the campaign for the award-winning film I Am Breathing, enabling more than 300 screenings across 45 countries, and pioneered in a 'pay it forward' release of Future My Love.
Since 2002, Ben has spent much of his spare time as co-host of The D-Word, the web's most vibrant community for documentary professionals.
Ben is a certified NationBuilder Architect and has won a number of environmental and human rights awards for his documentary Upstream Battle which played at the Toronto International Film Festival and more than 30 other festivals around the world.

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