LEWISTON, Maine — The future of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival is in doubt after the arrest of its founder and efforts by other backers to rescue it fell through.

Already, some directors have pulled their films from this year’s event scheduled for April 4-6.

Sandy Marquis, a former shareholder of the festival and one of people trying to save it, said weekend meetings failed to come up with a solution.

Founder Joshua Shea was arrested last week and charged with downloading child pornography. Marquis tells the Sun Journal that Shea appears to be the only person with any knowledge of the festival’s finances.

Chip Morrison, president of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce, says some people are concerned about being associated with an event with Shea’s name on it.

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