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Debt-ridden Miami gay film festival fires full-time staff, including director Carol Coombes

coombes The big news is deep in this press release from the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival:

On behalf of this Board, and the community, we want to take this opportunity to thank our Festival Director Carol Coombes for her many valued years of service to the festival and wish her well.

Here's the complete news release ...

Important News  from  Your Film Festival Board of Directors

In order to keep an open line of communication with our supporters, friends, and the community at large, The Board of Directors of the MGLFF/FLGLFF intend to keep sending out bulletins to keep the community updated. This ensures that you always hear from us first hand, about the status of ongoing events pertaining to the film festival.

We, your Board, are fully committed to making sure the festival continues for many years to come, and this absolutely includes this year's festival, our 11th Annual. In order to guarantee  that this happens, we are taking every possible and prudent measure to ensure that we are being absolutely fiscally responsible in our decisions. It is fair to say that this will be a very difficult year to raise our much needed revenue. We know we are in a difficult economy and due, in part, to a pull-back of corporate sponsorship, the festival is carrying an operating deficit from last festival. Certainly, it is easy to understand our predicament and our decisions to act immediately. In light of that, we have had to make some very hard difficult choices. This is the only way for the festival to continue, and remain vibrant and fiscally strong. Simply put, we need to raise money, and cut expenses; it is just that simple.

45Following these thoughts; we will do as follows, (certainly though, not limited to just the below)

-We will immediately begin a search for a new cost effective office space.

-In light of our current restructuring mode we will eliminate all full time staff.

-Start an immediate search for an Executive Director with extensive fund raising and operational management background.

On behalf of this Board, and the community, we want to take this opportunity to thank our Festival Director Carol Coombes for her many valued years of service to the festival and wish her well.

We want everyone to know that we are making the difficult yet prudent choices so that the festival thrives for many years to come. It is important to us that you know that this Board has been meeting continuously to resolve the current financial situation and to meet our future challenges.

The Board of Directors will be meeting this weekend for an extensive planning session. The purpose of the session is to continue the process of recreating, restructuring and planning our festival. This will ensure its success and future longevity. As we said in our prior notice, we do not take this responsibility lightly; we love and are committed to this festival and we recognize the vital role this festival plays in our community. We are making sure we preserve it, and to that end, we are developing a plan that ensures its future success and growth.

We fully intend to keep you updated, and we welcome your input and even more, your involvement as we create our future. Thank you for all your past and future support. See you soon at our next monthly screening, to be announced shortly. 

We can be reached by email at info@mglff.com or call the office at 305-534-9924.

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