Weaving quits over film festival’s ‘lack of vision’

Canberra’s International Film Festival has lost its Artistic Director with Simon Weaving walking away from the organisation, saying he was unhappy with its strategic direction.
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Mr Weaving, who leaves the festival after four years in the Artistic Director’s job, says he will now set up a screen culture organisation for Canberra that will operate all year round.

Speaking from the NSW south coast on Tuesday, Mr Weaving said that he was proud of the festival’s achievements but he wanted it to be an institution rather than an event and that others in the organisation did not share his vision.

“There are a lot of smaller groups and organisations that are doing stuff on the delivery or the content side of thing so I saw a huge opportunity for the festival organisation to become more than just an event, more than something that happens once a year, that pops and then packs down,” he said

“I felt very strongly that there was an opportunity to establish a more permanent organisation, work with other people and other groups and start delivering programs and engaging with the community all year round.

“For me, the Festival organisation had reached a stage where it was financially sound and the environment was right, but not everyone shared that vision.”

Mr Weaving said he had grown frustrated with the “lack of vision” for the festival.

“All organisations need a strategic plan of where it’s going to be and the organisation has no strategic plan, it just sort of goes from year to year,” he said.

“For me, I’d just become increasingly uncomfortable about the lack of vision.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

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