Folks I have just received this announcement in my inbox and I must confess I am more than a bit devastated that AFTRS could not manage to hold on to one of the major personnel assets it has attracted in recent years. I have only met Ben Gibson since his appointment but his energy, drive, support for his students and his passion, with much of that passion springing from a deep cinephilia, was a unique set of attributes. I have a feeling that this is not at all good news for the institution which brought him to this country. Anyway here's the announcement:
It is with regret that I announce that Ben Gibson will be leaving his role as Director, Degree Programs at AFTRS on 30 September 2015.
After nearly 13 years devoted to educating and developing talented filmmakers, first at the helm of the London Film School and more recently here at AFTRS, Ben has decided to pursue his passion for the industry through other avenues.
Over the next few months, until the end of August, Ben will be undertaking a research project for AFTRS Council documenting the nature and use of screen MFA degrees. As part of this project Ben will examine and benchmark the curricula, structure and outcomes of such degrees internationally. His report will be considered by Council, as it continues to develop the programs offered by AFTRS. Ben will undertake this work off site.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Council and staff of AFTRS, to thank Ben for his contribution to AFTRS and wish him every success in the future.
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA