June 6, 2011
The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) announced the temporary suspension, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), of trading in the securities of Artfest International, Inc. (Artfest) of Dallas, Texas at 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 6, 2011, and terminating at 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2011.
The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of Artfest because of questions regarding the accuracy and adequacy of assertions by Artfest, in its 2010 Form 10-K and amended Form 10-K filed with the Commission, concerning, among other things, an independent audit of Artfest’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, which was not performed, and financial statements for the 2010 period that are referenced in the filings as “audited,” when they were not.
The Commission cautions brokers, dealers, shareholders, and prospective purchasers that they should carefully consider the foregoing information along with all other currently available information and any information subsequently issued by the company.
Further, brokers and dealers should be alert to the fact that, pursuant to Rule 15c2-11 under the Exchange Act, at the termination of the trading suspension, no quotation may be entered unless and until they have strictly complied with all of the provisions of the rule. If any broker or dealer has any questions as to whether or not he has complied with the rule, he should not enter any quotation but immediately contact the staff in the Division of Trading and Markets, Office of Interpretation and Guidance, at (202) 551-5777. If any broker or dealer is uncertain as to what is required by Rule 15c2-11, he should refrain from entering quotations relating to Artfest’s securities until such time as he has familiarized himself with the rule and is certain that all of its provisions have been met. If any broker or dealer enters any quotation which is in violation of the rule, the Commission will consider the need for prompt enforcement action.
If any broker-dealer or other person has any information which may relate to this matter, Stephen Korotash of the Fort Worth Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission should be telephoned at 817-978-6490.