Pornotopia Film Festival Canceled Again

Oct 25, 2011 2:00 PM PST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the second time in a row, the Pornotopia Film Festival has been canceled because of zoning issues.

Show organizers say the city won’t allow them to apply for a special use permit and now they can’t find a place to hold to the festival, reports.

“We're at a standstill,” said Matie Fricker, Pornotopia’s Film Festival director. “We have had conflicting messages from the city about what we can and can't do in the past year.”

In 2008, in its second year at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill, the city cited the theater for breaking the adult amusement ordinance. Pornotopia appealed, but the courts upheld the ruling.

Now, the festival is required to use a building that it zoned for industrial use, but finding such a place has proved difficult.

Fricker said that there is no theater available in those areas and the places that are available are inappropriate because of fire code violations.

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