Inffinito Foundation announced today the cancellation of the 2012 edition of the Cine Fest Petrobras Brazil-NY Festival, which was scheduled for June 10-16 at the Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan, due to the withdrawal of their title sponsor.
In an announcement, the company said that, after 12 years, the Brazilian oil company withdrew its sponsorship with less than a month before the start of the 10th edition of the annual festival that focuses on recent Brazilian film production.
Created in 1995 by Adriana L. Dutra, Cláudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli, Inffinito produces a clutch of film festivals under the banners of “Brazilian Film Festival” and “Cine Fest Brasil” in ten cities around the world, including Miami, London, Madrid, Rome, Vancouver and Buenos Aires. The New York festival was the only one of the Inffinito circuit that was branded under Petrobras.
Nonetheless, the company confirmed that the annual event at Central Park Summerstage will take place on June 9 as originally planned, with the performance by the soul singer Sandra de Sá followed by the screening of Walter Carvalho’s documentary film Raul, the Beginning, Middle and End / Raul - o início, o fim e o meio about the South American rock musician Raul Seixas.
Inffinito also said that this year's film selection, programmed by Clelia Bessa, Jorge Peregrino, Maria Arlete Gonçalves, Paula Baker and Ruth Albuquerque, will be transferred to the Brazilian Film Festival of London, running September 21-25, and that the 10th edition of the New York festival will be postponed for June 2013.