Ben Shirinian has built a career out of pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in his pursuit to create compelling content. Ben began his professional career in advertising, heading the broadcast department at one of Canada’s leading advertising agencies. There he was able to hone his stylistic vision directing and creating both traditional and digital content for global brands. He also served as Creative Lead for Sony PlayStation and led the campaign for the highly anticipated launch of PlayStation 3 in Canada.
Some of Ben’s other career highlights include writing and directing LOST IN MOTION, an award-winning branded content film series in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada and world-renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Guillaume Côté. The film made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered international media attention. Following the success of the first film, Ben completed a striking follow up, LOST IN MOTION II, which won Best Cinematography at the Canadian Society of Cinematography (CSC) Awards and Best Editing at the AICE Awards.
Ben is also set to direct LAND OF DECORATION, the upcoming feature from Oscar nominated producer Gil Netter (LIFE OF PI), NEVERAFTER from producers Sentient and Endurance, and AMERICAN DRIFTER, the upcoming feature film from Oscar nominated producer Robbie Brenner (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB).
Ben is currently co-owner of a Toronto-based commercial production company, LOOKOUT specializing in motion graphics, design, animation and live action for a wide range of global clients.
Ben is represented by CAA and Lighthouse Management & Media for feature films and television.