Ben Gibson is the director of the DFFB film school in Berlin. He was previously director of degree programmes at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and a visiting professor at Goldsmiths. From 2001 to 2014, he was director of the London Film School. He is a former independent producer and was head of production at the British Film Institute from 1988 to 1998. Before that he was a distributor, exhibitor, theatre director, film critic and journalist.
James Schamus is an award-winning screenwriter (THE ICE STORM), producer (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), and former CEO of Focus Features (DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MILK, THE PIANIST). He also teaches film history and theory at Columbia University. His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s “Indignation”, premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. His production company Symbolic Exchange produced Kitty Green’s documentary CASTING JONBENET (Berlinale Panorama 2017) and Andrew Ahn’s DRIVEWAYS (Berlinale Generation 2019).