CineFest Is Canceled

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There won't be a spring film festival in Philly this year, CineFest organizers announced: “Reduced or eliminated state and city subsidies as well as cutbacks by foundations and corporate sponsors made the fiscal planning of the event too daunting. Despite the popular and critical success of last year’s spring festival, film festivals require funding beyond the box office. When we realized that corporate and government sponsorship funds were going to be significantly less than in previous years, we had no other option but to cancel this year and begin working on raising money for a spring film festival in 2011” said Development Director Thom Cardwell. Ray Murray, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Film Festival and CineFest for the past nine years and the GLBT festival for the past 16 years, said: “As difficult as it is to be forced to cancel a spring festival this year in this city, we know in our hearts it is the right decision despite our history of having successfully produced film festivals in Philadelphia since 1995.”"

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