Magazine article Screen International

LFS's Ben Gibson to Join Berlin Film School amid Student Protests

Magazine article Screen International

LFS's Ben Gibson to Join Berlin Film School amid Student Protests

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Gibson was selected by the appointments committee over rival applications by filmmakers Bela Tarr and Romuald Karmakar, producer Dagmar Jacobsen and Pavel Jech, currently Dean of Prague's FAMU, as the successor to the previous director Jan Schütte.

Gibson leftthe LFS last year after 13 years as director to become director of degree programmes at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney.

Gibson is no stranger to the dffb having recruited the Berlin academy as one of the European partners in the Making Waves distribution and marketing workshop with Paris' La Fémis, Barcelona's ECAC, and Romania's UNATC.

During his time at LFS, Gibson collaborated with the dffb on the Serial Eyes postgraduate high-level TV series writing and producing programme, launched in January 2013.

Funded by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA, the programme was developed by dffb in cooperation with the LFS and the National Film School in Denmark.

The third intake for this intensive eight-month full-time course last month has participants from Germany, the UK, Croatia, Russia, Italy and France.

A statement signed by dffb lecturers, including producers Peter Rommel and Gerhard von Halem, directors Andres Veiel and Connie Walter and screenwriter Jochen Brunow, said that Gibson was "an outstanding personality of European filmmaking (. …

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