CayFilm organizer Tony Mark speaks at an earlier ‘Star Wars’-themed festival. The 2018 CayFilm festival has been canceled because of a lack of funds. - Photo: Maggie Jackson

Organizers of the Cayman International Film Festival announced Friday that the 2018 edition of the event will be canceled due to lack of funding.

“It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make,” said festival organizer Tony Mark of halting the 2018 CayFilm. “It was a combination of many things including sponsorship, available plane tickets to Cayman that weekend and some changing schedules of some of our VIPs coming. That combination caused us to look at the big picture and realize we want to always deliver the highest quality event.”

CayFilm debuted in 2015 and has established itself as a part of Cayman’s summer schedule. Several notable actors, producers and other movie personnel have visited Cayman as part of the festival over the years, and the CayFilm organizers issued a press release expressing their regret at not being able to carry the ball forward in 2018.

“Unfortunately, the funding available for an event of this magnitude rarely ever aligns with the grand vision in our heads or the potential for greatness that we know exists,” it said. “Furthermore, we would never put on a Festival that is watered down or less than the Festivals that have gone before it.”

There are currently efforts to secure sponsorship to ensure the return of the festival in 2019.

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The festival organizers said there are already ideas and plans in progress for the 2019 edition of CayFilm, and they hope to bring the experience back to Cayman in a bigger and bolder way.

“I’m really upset because I especially want CayFilm to showcase local Cayman filmmakers to the world,” said Mr. Mark. “I hope this pausing of the 2018 event doesn’t deter local filmmakers in continuing to grow and make movies. We will be back bigger and stronger and continue the tradition of CayFilm.”

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  1. Maybe sponsors don’t want to promote a country where child abuse is rampant, captive turtles are grown for slather and the location of the festival is nearly at foot of a toxic cancer causing open air dump?