Monday 18 November 2013

London Film School: Opening here in 2016?

Screen  Daily reports (here) that the London Film School will be making their move to the Barbican, beneath Ben Jonson and Bretton houses, in 2016.

The information I had so far from the Film School was that negotiations and fund raising are still happening, and that the move was not definite, but this article suggests it's all full steam ahead.  From the article:  
The internationally focused craft school now has a number of new courses in the works and is moving forward with its anticipated $22m (£14m) relocation to London’s Barbican.
The 2016 relocation, expansion and upgrade forms the cornerstone of the school’s next chapter.
After years of searching, the Covent Garden-based school has agreed a deal with the Corporation of London for a 50-year lease on Exhibition Hall 1, a 32,000 sq ft space in Golden Lane currently controlled by Barbican Arts Centre. “This is the first time we’ve found the right deal in the right place,” says Gibson.
The current plan for the space will offer a 130-seat main cinema, two sound stages, seven large teaching rooms including a second screen, four seminar rooms and accommodation for technical departments and teachers.
The tech upgrade will include a digital production facility with green screen, and a digital silo server system covering post-production and film library services. Backing for the move comes from a Lottery grant, the BFI’s capital fund for film schools, the school’s own accrued capital, a bank facility, major donations and smaller gifts.

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