The Asheville Film Festival can indeed survive with private support ["A Moving Picture", July 7, Xpress], as the Singapore International Film Festival has for 23 years. It was started by a small group of dedicated individuals who recognized that government funding would be difficult to obtain and would inevitably constrain the festival's scope. It soon gained both local and foreign support and today is arguably the foremost annual film event in Asia — all with private funding.
If this can be done in a small city-state with a history of censorship and heavy constraints on public discourse, it can surely be done in creative, freewheeling Asheville. The requirements are a similar small group of dedicated people with a broad, international perspective, some imaginative corporate sponsorship and public support.
The city of Asheville and the region will gain immensely without using scarce resources that, understandably, need to be directed elsewhere.
— Richard Pigossi