Luc Besson’s Film School Faces Uncertain Future; Will Regroup As Funding Dries

Deadline | 7/23/2018 | Nancy Tartaglione
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L’Ecole de La Cité, the film school hatched by Luc Besson back in 2012, is facing an uncertain future. The school’s director, Laurent Jaudon, has left his post, changing his social media status to “director without a school, but many students” and Besson’s EuropaCorp says recruitment of new students has been postponed “to a date that will be made public later.”

Europa’s spokesperson says the school is facing “a lack of sufficient funding” from the state and private donations, but that the team is “working hard on the model to be implemented for the coming years” and will make use of the summer to “reorganize itself.”

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A source with ties to the school calls the situation “a shame” as it has offered an opportunity to candidates who might not have access to such prestigious establishments as France’s La Fémis. Besson started L’Ecole de la Cité, based at his studio facility in Paris suburb Saint Denis, as a path for creative young people who did not meet the requirements of other institutions. It has accepted 60 students from diverse backgrounds per year. I can recall touring the site when it was still a disused industrial complex years ago as Besson outlined his ambitions.

Current backers include Kering, TF1, Transpa/Lux and Next Shot, according to the school’s website. Early on, CanalPlus, Gaumont, Pathé and M6 were involved, but are understood to have dropped out...
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