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.
Upcoming Grad Events
Verging 2016: New Technologies/Practices/Aesthetics in Documentary, a PhD organized symposium, will interrogate the evolution of documentary in our wired and digital world with engaging conversations and presentations between makers and thinkers. Keynoted by Jonathan Harris, Verging will be held March 18-19 at Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, Toronto. (verging2016.wordpress.com)
Depth of Field
Aube Giroux's thesis doc Modified and Daniel Cockburn's short experimental thesis drama The Argument (with Annotations) were both screened at the sold-out CMA Grad Program's Depth of Field event in November, 2017. Held twice a year at the Art Gallery of Ontario, this showcase of new graduate thesis films features introductions by current Studies and PhD students. Two months earlier, Modified was screened at Planet in Focus Festival, while The Argument premeired at TIFF, and was selected as a Top Ten short.
Professor Janine Marchessault launched her new book Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecologies (MIT 2017) at Cinecycle in Decmember, 2017. In 2018, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of scholars, artists and archivists, she is commencing production on an ambitious IMAX restoration/creation project Cinema Expo 67, which explores that world fair's most ingenious screen experiments. FYI: CinemaExpo67.ca
Current MFA News
Lisa Jackson (2015) premiered her new doc Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in October, 2017, and won the best documentary award. Antoine Bourges (2016) had the world premiere of his new feature (and thesis film) Fail to Appear at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Lina Rodriguez' (2017) This Time Tommorrow had a successful theatrical run at TIFF Bell Lightbox following her world premiere at Locarno.
Chelsea McMullen (2007) is shooting her new collaborative hybrid doc feature with singer/activist Tanya Tagaq. Nico Pareda (2008) ninth feature Tales of Two Who Dreamt had its world premiere at the 2016 Berlinale. Caitlin Fryers (2014) won the Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Award and is currently a writer on the hit series Winona. Experimental filmmaker Luo Li (2009) had retrospective of his shorts and features at TIFF in 2015.