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Ben Kadie is a writer, director, and visual effects artist. His 16 short films have screened at more than 200 festivals around the world, winning 5 top festival awards and 38 top youth awards including U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Ben earned a BFA in Film Production at the University of Southern California, where he was one of four in his class selected to direct an undergraduate thesis film.

Recently, Ben ventured into making music videos. His first video, THE THEORY, was a finalist in the Los Angeles Music Video Festival 2018.


He’s passionate about telling deep human stories, challenging the status quo, and advocating for social justice and diversity in media.



University of Southern California
  • BFA Film & Television Production

  • Presidential Scholar

  • Thematic Option honors programs

  • Senior Thesis film selected for USC First Look Film Festival

awards and honors

U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts 2013 (one of two in nation for film)

Overall Winner - Newport Beach Film Fest. Youth Showcase

Best Student Film - Chicago International Movies & Music Festival

Best Emerging Filmmaker - Greenville International Film Festival

Best Film - Short. Sweet. Film Festival

Sixteen shorts have screened at 200+ festivals around the world, earning 5 top festival awards and 38 top student awards.

selected work experience
visual effects artist
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