The festival is taking place in QUAD, of which he is a patron. He was speaking as part of a number of industry talks taking place at the event.
The BAFTA winning actor John Hurt has appeared at the Derby Film Festival.
The festival is taking place in QUAD, of which he is a patron and was speaking as part of a number of industry talks taking place at the event.
The festival will run until 18th May.
Hollywood blockbuster Rush, which was partly filmed in the Midlands, has scooped a BAFTA award for its editing work.
The film, which was shot at Donington Park and which also features Rob Austin from Worcestershire as an extra, beat off competition from 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street.
It missed out on gongs in the outstanding British film category, as well as sound and
Daniel Bruhl's nomination for supporting actor.
The film tells the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 F1 season.
'Rush', the Formula 1 movie partly made in the Midlands, is up for four awards at tonight's Baftas in London.
The movie was partly filmed at Leicester's Donington Park - and features Rob Austin from Worcestershire - who also stars as an extra in the movie.
It tells the story of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 F1 season.
In the Outstanding British film catergory it is up against 'Gravity' and 'Philomena'.