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poster for the Department of Film 2015 Summer InstituteThe largest and most comprehensive Graduate Program of Film in Canada continues to build on York’s longstanding commitment to deliver innovative and interdisciplinary post-graduate training. Our MA, MFA and PhD programs offer state of the art research and teaching facilities (including two research labs featuring Augmented Reality, 3D, locative media and diverse mobile screen interfaces) distinguished by leading edge creation/research and scholarship by internationally acclaimed faculty.

Our students and faculty regularly contribute to Toronto’s lively and diverse film culture through festival programming, curation, symposia, lectures and more. Films by students and faculty regularly appear in the over 100 film festivals that occur each year, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and Images Festival. The city of Toronto provides students with exceptional opportunities for internships, access to archival and repertory film screenings, museums and galleries, and resources like the Ontario Provincial Archives (now housed on York University campus), and other unique research collections. This along with the fact that Toronto supports Canada’s most important media industry infrastructure makes us the program of choice.

Recent guests at York University include William Boddy, Michel Brault, Thomas Elsaesser, David Gatten, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Kaja Silverman, Rey Chow, Toby Miller, Hito Steyerl, and Clement Virgo, Michael Snow, Wendy Chun, Sarah Polley, among many others.