Magazine article Screen International

Skillset Awards Funds to LFS

Magazine article Screen International

Skillset Awards Funds to LFS

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The new home of the London Film School has secured its first tranche of funding from Creative Skillset.

The London Film School has secured a significant award from Creative Skillset towards its capital campaign for the relocation to the Barbican Centre.

Creative Skillset is looking to invest $3m (£1.82m) in LFS and has awarded the school up to $768,000 (£468,596) towards the development of its plans to transfer the school and its operations to the new site. A stage two application for construction works will be made in 2014.

The funding is part of Creative Skillset's four-year film skills strategy which supports the BFI's strategic priorities.

In a deal with the City of London Corporation, in space currently occupied by Barbican Exhibition Hall 1, the new location in Golden Lane will provide state of the art filmmaking facilities, extended accommodation, public outreach and space for industry screenings and events.

MIke Leigh, LFS chairman and 1964 graduate, said: "Creative Skillset and the BFI are now recognizing the urgent need for LFS to have up-to-date facilities and space, for more UK students, for freelancers using our workshops, and to realise an international film hub at the Barbican. It's the beginning of a new journey. …

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