“The best-programmed New York film festival isn’t even in New York anymore,” quips one of our panelists. “It’s a short train ride to New Jersey for the Montclair Film Festival.” Being a stone’s throw from the Big Apple has no doubt upped this boutique fest’s celeb quotient: Past years have seen Stephen Colbert holding panel discussions with other guests such as John Turturro. (The fest’s advisory board is a who’s-who of names such as J.J. Abrams.) MFF’s programming includes films addressing animal welfare, criminal justice, teen interest, Latino interest, environmental interest, and more. Boasting over 26,000 patrons and 150 attending moviemakers and industry guests in its eighth year, the sky’s the limit.
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