Ben Gibson Appointed: Director Degree Programs

Ben Gibson, The London Film School and image of two young people at a wedding AFTRS new Director of Degree Programs Ben Gibson,The London Film School and a still from 'Beautiful People'

Jul 3 2014

The School is delighted to announce that Ben Gibson, the departing Director of the London Film School, has been appointed as Director, Degree Programs at AFTRS.

Ben will take on a key leadership role at the School and joins AFTRS with a wealth of experience. Prior to joining the London Film School in 2001, he worked as a film distributor and independent producer, and as Head of Production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. His production and executive production credits include Terence Davies' The Long Day Closes, Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein, John Maybury's Love is the Devil, Carine Adler's Under the Skin and Jasmin Dizdar's Beautiful People, as well as 20 other low budget features and many shorts by UK directors including Patrick Keiller, Gurinder Chadha, Lynne Ramsay, Richard Kwietniowski and Andrew Kotting.

As a partner in distributors The Other Cinema/Metro Pictures he acquired and promoted films by Pedro Almodovar, Chris Marker, Chantal Akerman and Jean-Luc Godard as well as opening the West End’s Metro Cinema in 1986. He has also been a theatre director, a repertory film programmer and a film critic and journalist. He leaves LFS at the end of July.

Ben's final year at LFS has been attended by great creative success. The school won 35 festival prizes and mentions in 2013-14, including a BAFTA nomination. This year’s Palme d'Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival was won by Leidi, the LFS graduation film of Simón Mesa Soto. Also at Cannes, amongst seven graduates featured in the 2014 selection, The Salt Of The Earth, co-directed by LFS graduate Juliano Ribeiro Salgado with Wim Wenders, was awarded the Un Certain Regard’s Special Jury Prize.

He will commence his new role at AFTRS in September.

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