Vaughan Film Festival

The City of Vaughan has become a hot spot for cultural festivities, and the Vaughan Film Festival (VFF) is a major player in this evolution. Promoting aspiring filmmakers — both local and international, the VFF is also gaining international recognition.

“This is the Festival’s second year and we couldn’t be more excited about it,” say Antonio Ienco and Mark Pagliaroli, founders of the star-studded event. This year’s edition, happening on April 2, 3 and 4, 2014, with screenings taking place on the first two nights and the awards dinner on the final evening,  promises to be bigger and brighter than ever.

Ienco and Pagliaroli have tacked on an additional screening day to accommodate the 75-plus films that have flooded in from across the globe. But despite the tidal wave of international submissions, the VFF hasn’t lost sight of its local artists. This year, the VFF will place the spotlight on Vaughan through its high school components, providing a platform onto which students can showcase a short film or art piece. The winner will receive an award of excellence, as well as $2,000 toward the student’s school art department.

Of course, guests can savour some familiar sights as ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli returns to host the event.
All screenings will take place as per tradition at Cineplex Colossus Vaughan. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.vaughanfilmfestival.com

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