Weaver impressed by local film industry
DON’T BE TOO HASTY to move to Los Angeles, California, to make it.
These are the words of advice American actress Sigourney Weaver gave to members of the local film industry as she accepted the Barbados Independent
Film Festival’s (BIFF)
“BIFF is an enlightened festival. Its purpose is not commerce or competition, but in fact it celebrates community, creativity and great independent films from all over the world.
“In addition, I feel every aspect is dedicated to bringing on the next generation of film-makers here in Barbados and that’s why we are all here to share what we’ve learned and help in any way we can,” Weaver said during the ceremony at the
Theatre at the Barbados Museum on Saturday night.
“You have a unique culture [and] we have a lot to learn from you. So even though no one has asked my opinion, I would say, please don’t rush to LA; try to make it in the industry. You’d have much more freedom and joy working here in Barbados.”
Weaver, 69, is an Academy Award-nominated actress who has starred in films such as the Alien and Ghostbusters franchises, and Avatar.
During the event, Barbadian musician Arturo Tappin received the Award For Artistic Excellence, which was presented by previous recipient Alison Hinds, and Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
The Prime Minister congratulated BIFF organisers on their third year and, like Weaver, suggested Barbados could benefit from further development of the film industry.
She said a review of an 18-year-old, 28-page Cabinet paper on the film industry could be in the works.
The week-long film festival began on Friday and will feature several screenings of local and international films and documentaries, as well as panel discussions. (TG)