Las Vegas’ CineVegas film festival, a local fixture for more than a decade, has pulled the plug on the 2010 festival, blaming the ongoing economic downturn. The 11th annual festival took place in June at the Palms’ Brenden Theatres and other local venues.
Festival officials announced the decision to put CineVegas on hold Friday, but the move was discussed a week ago, according to Anita Nelving, the festival’s managing director, who was one of seven year-round festival employees losing their jobs.
“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,” festival president Robin Greenspun said in a news release.
The CineVegas Web site will continue, as will individual screenings and other special events, the news release states.
More details about the CineVegas 2010 decision to come in Saturday’s Review-Journal.