A drive-in film festival is coming to Ontario Place this summer

Jun 24 2020, 7:31 am

Buckle up your seatbelt, Toronto, because a drive-in film festival is coming to the city this summer.

From July 20 to 31, an international film series will be landing at Ontario Place, offering movie-lovers the opportunity to revisit the movie-going experience while remaining physically distanced.

The Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF), presented by IC Savings, is teaming up with CHIN Radio/TV,¬†in partnership with¬†Ontario Place¬†and the¬†Embassy of¬†Italy,¬†to launch the “Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival.”

The series will feature a curated selection of works from some of the countries most affected by the global health crisis.

A different nation will be represented each night at Ontario Place, including France, Spain, China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, and Canada, with a special “Focus on Italy” series, presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura a Toronto.

While restrictions remain in place, the film festival aims to offer families a safe, comfortable entertainment experience.

To eliminate concerns over large crowds, the festival has partnered with Pizza Nova to offer contactless delivery of snacks directly to vehicles and, every evening, the audio of the presentation and the film will be broadcast live on Radio CHIN (AM 1540).

Each evening of the Festival, the feature film will be preceded by live and live-streamed interviews and Q&A sessions with actors and directors, as well as short film presentations.

A portion of ticket sales will go to support AiutiAMO l’Italia, an initiative launched by the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross. The campaign aims to assist the Italian Red Cross in pandemic relief efforts.

The full programming schedule will be announced soon — keep an eye on this website or call 416-893-3966 for ticket information.