Magazine article Screen International

Gibson Stands Down from LFS

Magazine article Screen International

Gibson Stands Down from LFS

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EXCLUSIVE: Mike Leigh praises London Film School director Ben Gibson for "outstanding" service.

London Film School director Ben Gibson has stepped down from the post he held for 14 years.

The LFS board is now looking to appoint a new director who will likely assume the role from next autumn.

Gibson will remain active at the school until the transition to the new director.

Gibson has been instrumental in raising the profile of the LFS in the UK and abroad and has also overseen the school's long-gestating transition from Covent Garden to the Barbican.

In December 2013, the school announced its first major funding towards the transfer, with a move planned for 2016, the same year the school celebrates its 60th birthday.

Gibson told ScreenDaily: "It has been an engrossing pleasure to lead this dynamic and important institution since 2000. LFS is a wonderful place to work and learn, and the privilege of teaching and supporting talented, collaborative and clear-eyed people from all over the world counts as one of the important experiences of my life".

"I've never held any job for this long," he continued. "I want to pursue some other interests after 14 years, and 2014 feels like an 'eclipse' moment where I can move on. …

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