The ABC has the moderately interesting news that Simon Weaving has decided the Canberra International Film Festival doesn’t have enough for him and he’s going to start an ill-defined thing to promote “screen culture” and better utilise what he sees as his talents.
“I’ve just seen this fabulous opportunity to build and create a more permanent organisation that works with the community, engaged with them all year round,” he said.
“I’ve just been disappointed I haven’t been able to convince the organisation itself to be more than just a festival that pops up once a year.”
Mr Weaving says he is looking forward to linking more audiences to screen content by setting up a new visionary organisation.
“The screen sector in the ACT has transformed dramatically over the last two years and the time is right for an organisation that harnesses the energy, skills and activities of screen culture across the ACT and the capital region,” he said.
UPDATE 10/12/12 16:39: CIFF are sticking by their guns but wishing him well:
President of CIFF, Nicole Mitchell today thanked Simon for his enthusiastic work as Artistic Director. “We are sorry to see Simon leave CIFF, but he has long wanted to expand his role into a bigger, year-round arts organisation which is neither the goal or objective of CIFF”, she said. “However, we are excited to hear about Simon’s plans for a new arts organisation and wish him well with this ambitious endeavour.”