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

Verging 2016: New Teverging_poster_web_1160x350chnologies/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

screen grab from Vlado Paskaljevic's film Absence is PresentMFA 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.

Faculty Research

screen grab from Professor Brenda Longfellow's film OffshoreProfessor 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.

MFA News

photo of a group of First Nations peopleLisa Jackson, current MFA, premiered her new short Intemperance at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival in October, 2014. One of five commissioned shorts in the festival’s Embargo Collective II, this satirical doc-drama hybrid profiles the work of Ojibway author George Copway. While working on her MFA thesis, an installation exploring the power of indigenous languages, Jackson is also currently Director of York's Osgoode Law School Gladue Video Project, profiling aboriginal offenders as a visual advocacy pilot project.

Fresh from screenings at festivals iscreen capture from Igor Drljaca's film The Waiting Roomn 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.