Ben Gibson is Director of the DFFB. He worked at the Australian National Film School (2014-2016), and was Director of the London Film School (2001-14). He is also a visiting professor at Goldsmiths London University. From 1986 to 2001 he worked as an independent producer and as Head of Production at the British Film Institute (BFI). His production credits include: Terence Davie’s 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, more than 20 other low budget features and numerous short films by directors including Patrick Keiller, Gurinder Chadha, Lynne Ramsay, Richard Kwietniowski and Andrew Kotting. From 1981 to 1987 he was a partner in distributors The Other Cinema/Metro Pictures, acquiring and promoting films by Almodovar, Marker, Akerman and Godard, as well as opening London’s Metro Cinema. He has also been a theatre director, a film programmer and a film critic and journalist.