Vaughan Film Festival Announces New Pop-UP Drive-In, Presented by QuadReal Property Group


Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) announces their very first VFF Drive-In coming soon to the City of Vaughan. The Drive-In, presented by QuadReal Property Group, will showcase a wide variety of short films from 12 different countries, including live action, animation and documentaries, with a portion of proceeds going directly to the NIA Centre for the Arts.

NIA Centre is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora to artistic youth. The VFF Drive-In will help in supporting these young artists advance their creative minds by connecting them to mentors and opportunities for employment.

“We are proud to support the Vaughan International Film Festival in their efforts to bring short films to the Vaughan community,” said Alica Hall, Executive Director of Nia Centre. “This is such a valuable opportunity to bring communities together, sharing new perspectives in these difficult times.”

VFF will roll out this red carpet experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 4 to September 27. With 3 different blocks of films, it will be sure to satisfy audiences of all ages, from families to more mature viewers.

The Drive-In will take place at Revel Park where the lot will be transformed into an immense contact-free outdoor cinema. This retro experience will include special virtual appearances from filmmakers as well as a newly released festival promo video that will leave film fans in awe.

“VFF has always played an important role in the development of arts and culture in the City of Vaughan and abroad,” said Antonio Ienco, Co-Founder of VFF. “During these uncertain times, we have been presented with an opportunity to demonstrate that our role is not only focused on arts and culture but can act as an ignition to bring communities together through the power of short films. For that, I am truly inspired.”

This vision for the VFF Drive-In could not have become a reality without the support of QuadReal, guided by

Jay Claggett, Vice President of Development.

“QuadReal, along with our partners at Menkes, are very pleased to help bring the Vaughan Int’l Film Festival’s Pop-Up Drive-In movie event to the City of Vaughan,” said Claggett. “In our continued development of a dynamic South VMC, we believe that it is important to promote and support the continuation of arts, culture and community through not only events like these but through support of community groups like the Nia Centre for the Arts. We look forward to exploring the wonderful world of short films with the citizens of Vaughan.”

QuadReal’s partner, Menkes Developments, has also played a major role in bringing VFF’s Drive-In to life.

“We’re proud to be sponsoring the Vaughan International Film Festival with our valued partner QuadReal,” said Jared Menkes, Executive Vice President, High Rise. “It’s a city we’re so passionate about right now, and given our continued focus on developing mixed-use projects in vibrant urban centres, we’re big proponents of supporting arts and culture. We have always followed the mantra ‘location, location, location,’ and Vaughan is no exception. We’re so excited to introduce South VMC as the cultural hub of Vaughan. Our future condominium development here encompasses three city blocks full of retail, culminated by a community centre that features a large outdoor stage, so it will truly be a destination for entertainment.”

Along with QuadReal and Menkes, VFF believes that a drive-in is exactly what the GTA needs right now to enjoy a safe night out while still practicing physical distancing. Audiences will be transported across the globe and fully immersed into these wonderful, diverse stories where they’ll smile, laugh, cry and enjoy a few frights, all within the safe confines of their vehicles.

With a lineup featuring an assortment of exceptional films including Academy Awards winners and Cannes finalists, the VFF Drive-In will be sure to delight. The full schedule and tickets can be found at

About VFF

Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) is a not-for-profit organization that brings the public film screenings of Canadian and International cinema, vibrant social events, and a lavish awards show complete with a prestigious Golden Reel Award. VFF also supports and furthers arts education with various scholarships and bursaries granted to young filmmakers, art students, and educational institutions within Vaughan. Throughout the past eight years, VFF has remained true to its objective to satisfy the cultural appetite of this growing community while offering an art forum befitting our world-class city.

About QuadReal

QuadReal Property Group is a global real estate investment, operating and development company. QuadReal manages the real estate and mortgage programs of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI), one of Canada’s largest asset managers with a $153.4 billion portfolio. The company seeks to deliver strong investment returns while creating sustainable environments that bring value to the people and communities it serves. Now and for generations to come.

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