Ben Gibson becomes new director of DFFB

The DFFB Board of Trustees chaired by the Head of Berlin Senate Chancellery Office Björn Böhning has confirmed the appointment of Ben Gibson as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH

After the board of trustees in their meeting on 23 October 2015 unanimously adopted the proposal of the appointments committee to appoint Ben Gibson as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH, the contract negotiations on the employment of the new director by the chairman of the board of trustees and head of Berlin senate chancellery Björn Böhning have now successfully been concluded. Ben Gibson has been officially appointed as the new director and manager of DFFB GmbH in the board of trustees meeting which has confirmed the decision today. He will begin his work at the prestigious Berlin Film Academy starting 15 February 2016.

State secretary Björn Böhning, the chairman of the board of trustees and head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery Office, explained:
“The board’s unanimous vote in favour of Ben Gibson is a sound basis for a successful realignment of the dffb. I am delighted that with Ben Gibson the Film Academy will be led by an internationally recognised expert of great experience.“

The new director Ben Gibson about DFFB:
”I’m honoured and delighted to be joining the DFFB. The school is not just a great film conservatory but also a key institution in the history and future of film and television culture in Germany and in Europe. Until now I was an outside admirer of its special traditions and its powerful creativity; inside the academy I will have a lot to learn and plenty of passion and experience to contribute.”

Frequently working as a producer, Ben Gibson (57) led the London Film School from 2001 until 2014. Prior to that, from the late 80s to 2001 he worked as an independent film producer and as Head of Production of the British Film Institute from 1989 to 1999. Further career milestones were the establishment of the London Metro Cinema and his work as a film journalist. In the 90s Gibson worked as a producer with film directors such as Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, 1992), Derek Jarman (Wittgenstein, 1993), John Maybury (Love is the Devil, 1997), Carine Adler (Under the Skin, 1997) and Jasmin Dizdar (Beautiful People, 1998). His films were shown at the major film festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Toronto and Locarno, where they were awarded numerous prizes. He is considered a filmmaker with excellent international contacts who will be contributing his wealth of arthouse and low-budget cinema experience.
Most recently Gibson was at the Australian Film Televison and Radio School in Sydney. In Berlin, Ben Gibson has taught and moderated at the Berlinale Talents since its launch, an initiative which every year offers 300 selected talents the opportunity to meet creatives from the international film industry during the film festival.

At present, Ben Gibson is still working and teaching in Australia and will be leading a co-production workshop for Griffith Film School during the Asia Pacific Film Conference before moving to Berlin with his family in February 2016.

Published on November 05, 2015