Boston’s Underperforming FilmFest

The Boston Film Festival wrapped up this past Sunday, and unless you live in New England, you probably missed it. So what makes festivals in Toronto and New York such a big deal, while other cities struggle for recognition? “What the BFF lacks is a distinct programming sensibility, which is a quality that’s impossible to define yet unmistakable when you’ve got it. A well-curated film festival creates excitement and the feeling you’re getting early access to the movies that matter… Without such a sensibility, you have a group of movies with no collective momentum, and that, year in and year out, is what the Boston Film Festival offers.”