Organizers Cancel Film Festival Due to Economic Crisis
SAN JUAN — Cinefiesta, a short-film festival held annually in Puerto Rico, has canceled its 2016 edition due to the island’s ongoing economic crisis, organizer Luis Cruz said Monday.
“With great sadness, we have decided to postpone this year’s edition,” said Cruz, who is president of the Film Foundation. “We waited until the last day to make our decision, hoping that a last ditch marketing effort would generate the necessary resources to hold the event; unfortunately, this did not happen.”
Cruz noted that the decision was prompted “out of respect to our board colleagues, members of the working committees, volunteers, sponsors and filmmakers who have contributed to the well-earned prestige of the festival.”
“Continuing the pattern of accumulating debt would have tarnished the festival’s history and imposed additional pressure on the finances of its organizers,” he added.
The shorts submitted for this year’s edition will be automatically accepted for evaluation in Cinefiesta 2017; however, Cruz conditioned the celebration of another festival “if the island’s economic conditions allow it.”