York University’s Graduate Program in Film/Cinema and Media Studies is recognized internationally as Canada’s most innovative and dynamic film program, providing students with a unique integration of film studies, hands-on skills, critical theory and state-of-the-art production resources and pedagogy. Situated in the celebrated School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design that includes departments of dance, theatre, design, visual arts and art history, and music, our graduate film programs actively facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations and research through shared courses, joint creation initiatives and a dynamic yearlong program of public lectures and events.
York’s Graduate Program in Film offers degrees in Cinema and Media Studies (MA and PhD), Production (MFA), Screenwriting (MFA), and the joint MBA/MFA & MBA/MA degrees with the Schulich School of Business.
Upcoming Grad Events
Fresh from screenings at festivals in Rotterdam, TIFF and Locarno, MFA Alumnus Igor Drljaca's second feature The Waiting Room will be screened for the Graduate Program at Cinecycle (129 Spadina, Toronto) on February 9, 2016 at 8pm. A stunning follow-up to his award-winning MFA thesis film Krivina, this new drama examines the imploding world of a former Bosnian TV comedy star struggling to make a new life in Toronto.
Depth of Field
MFA Alumus Vlad Paskaljevic's short drama Absence is Present screened at the sold-out CMA Grad Program's Depth of Field event in November, 2015. Held at the Art Gallery of Ontario, this annual showcase of new graduate thesis films featured introductions by current Studies and PhD students. Two months later, Paskaljevic's wrenching story of a Serbian mother, her daughter in Toronto, and their missing dog, was awarded the Toronto Film Critics Award for best student film, 2015.
Professor Brenda Longfellow's new web-based documentary Offshore launched five new international 'chapters' at the Visible Evidence Conference in New Delhi, December 2014. These new documentary segments (exploring issues of offshore oil in Brazil, Ghana, Alaska, Mexico) expand the original mandate of this award-winning transmedia work to creatively examine the environmental, economic and geo-political nightmare that multinational oil and gas production represents.
Lisa Jackson, current MFA, premiered her new short Intemperance at the Imaginative Film Festival in October, 2014. One of five commissioned shorts in the festivals Embargo project, this experimental satire profiles the work of Ojibway historian George Copway. While working on her MFA thesis, an installation exploring the haunted legacies of lost Native languages, Jackson is also currently filmmaker-in-residence in York Osgoode Law School's, developing new digital approaches to First Nations visual advocacy.