A little over a decade ago, two Boston movie fanatics named Jason Redmond and Adam Roffman ran into each other at the Sundance Film Festival and wondered why there was nothing remotely like that back home. Thanks to them, there now is. With its 10th edition, running from April 25 through May 2 at the Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner theaters, the Independent Film Festival Boston both hits an important milestone and stands alone as the local film lover’s event that matters.
There are other festivals, but they are either unfiltered smorgasbords where filmmakers pay to enter (and quality control is therefore nil) or niche affairs catering to ethnicities and nationalities. IFFB is the only curated all-purpose festival, which means Roffman and the rest of the organization’s brain trust (a hardy volunteer coterie of Boston-area film programmers) pick the best from Sundance, SXSW, and other festivals; seek out new discoveries; and fold in a generous helping of local voices and visions.