The latest from the festival scene this week. A link exchange by Variety.com and indieWIRE.

"DO FESTIVALS MATTER?"

Christian Gaines asks whether festivals matter in part one of a two-part "State of the Fest" series.

"THINGS GOTTA CHANGE"

In the second part of the series, Gaines makes some suggestions for change.

CELEBRITY OVERKILL?

Michael Jones takes on Toronto's "laundry list of celebs."

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