Weaver im­pressed by lo­cal film in­dus­try

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News - Walled Gar­den

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)

Founders Award.

“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)

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