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CineVegas International Film Festival put on hiatus for 2010

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Trevor Groth speaks during the CineVegas 2009 Honorees Reception at Rain in the Palms.
Photo: Justin M. Bowen

The CineVegas International Film Festival has been put on hiatus for 2010, CineVegas President Robin Greenspun and Artistic Director Trevor Groth announced today. The sagging economy has been cited as the reason for calling off the 2010 event. The 11th installment of the star-studded festival was held in June, with Brenden Theatres at the Palms serving as its headquarters.

In a statement, Greenspun said: “Given the current economic climate and the pressures it has created, we made the difficult decision to put CineVegas on hiatus for the coming year. CineVegas has become such a well-respected film festival, and rather than allow the economy to affect its level of quality, we have opted to put the event on hold.” The Greenspun family also owns the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group.

“We are so proud that CineVegas has grown to become a premiere showcase for uninhibited filmmakers and a scintillating festival experience for our attendees. CineVegas has developed a growing legion of supporters over the years who truly appreciate film and life on the edge, and we thank them for all of their support. We are very sad to be announcing this hiatus, but it is our hope to keep the CineVegas brand alive and relaunch the festival once the economy recovers,” Groth said in the statement issued this morning.

Plans are to keep the CineVegas brand alive with special screenings and events throughout the year, and plans are for the festival's Web site to remain active.

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