Biography of Malcolm A Benson
Malcolm A Benson is a multi award winning Media Professional and the CEO of Benalex Media based in London. He is an Alumni of London Metropolitan University having obtained two Academic Hons Degrees as well as a Post- graduate diploma and other undergraduate qualifications in the same University.
His first academic degree was in Professional Studies in Education (BA Hons) followed by a second degree in Law (LLB). He then went on to do an LPC before joining a Law firm in London where he now practices.
He is a Mentor and has mentored a number of students at the London Metropolitan University as well as in the film industry. M A Benson also qualified as a Teacher before following his passion and extending his reach into the Media and Entertainment industry. He is a Film Producer, Actor, Director and Screenplay writer. He has produced a number of films such as ‘Phantom of Fury’; ‘Forget the Pact’, ‘Ortega and His Enemies’, which had picked up 14 Film awards nominations.
His recent film Return of The Don, having sold out its UK Premiere seats at the British Film Institute (BFI) IMAX Cinema and hitting no 23 on UK Box Office chart, has also won 5 Film Festival Awards. These include the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival Award of Recognition, Canada International Film Festival Award of Excellence, Depth of Field International Film Festival Award of Exceptional Merit, Accolade International Film Festival Award etc. Return of The Don has received over 40 Film Award Nominations so far including The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, Festival International De Film du Cannes, London Independent Film Festival, NAFCA Awards, ZAFAA Global Awards, CA Awards, BEFFTA Awards, Cameron Film Awards, African Film Awards etc.
Malcolm Benson’s Film Premiered in Cannes twice and was chosen and screened at the Mache Du Film by the New World Cinemas in Cannes. M A Benson has been Nominated Best Director, Best Producer, Best Screen Writer and Best Actor by the Los Angeles based NAFCA Prestigious Awards, BEFFTA Awards, ZAFAA Global Awards and African Film Awards in 2016
Awards seasons. In previous years M A Benson has amongst other awards also picked up the ZAFAA Best UK Film Director and The Life Changers Award as a Champion for Art and Culture. He has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Gathering of Africa’s Best (The GAP Awards) for his contributions on the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans through The Arts
His many TV productions are shown on flagship sky channels such as Nollywood Movies Channel 329 and Vox Africa Channel 218. This includes the high profile ‘Show 4 Africa’ and ‘Take 101’ which have attracted widespread media appeal. Take 101 is a documentary TV series that helps film makers especially new, young and upcoming ones to learn the A to Z about the film making process from concept to reality and from ideas to motion picture.
M A Benson’s Media Company launched one of the first Igbo TV shows on a UK Television, which aired on Ben Television SKY Channel 182 paving the way for other producers of similar shows. He is a founding member and creator of the successful Igbo Heritage Awards event. M A Benson is actively involved in the community leadership, fund raising and empowerment projects. He has worked actively as a committee member for three Former Mayors of the London Borough of Waltham Forest and two Former Mayors of London Borough of Enfield raising money for various charities.
He is a committee member for delivering the successful Nigerian Centenary Awards UK 2014. M A Benson is the former president of a youth organization for all igbos based in the UK called The Igbo Cultural and Support Network (ICSN).
He is the current President of Okija UK since 2013 and a founding member of the Actors Guild of UK as well as the Vice President of the UK Nollywood Producers Guild. M A Benson is driven by his passion for giving back to the community and is a much heralded community/industry leader and creative champion.
Some of his work can be found at http://www.benalexmedia.com, Facebook M A Benson, Twitter MabensonFilm, IMdB Malcolm Benson, Instagram Mabensonproduction.