Facilities and Resources

York University boasts some of the best resources and facilities in the country, including numerous libraries and research/resource centres, computing services and production facilities. As well, Toronto is home to a very large film and video industry with numerous support services. Here you’ll find equipment co–ops, studio space, film libraries and more…

Safety Guidelines for Student Film Shoots During COVID-19 Pandemic

Students who will be engaging as part of their course work for on-location or in studio film shoots are to familiarize themselves with York University’s COVID-19 protocols and resources found at: yubettertogether.info.yorku.ca/important-links-resources/

These strategies are transferrable to crew activities and it is recommended that crew sizes be kept to an absolute minimum (6 or less preferable) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In Section 21 of Film and Television Health and Safety Advisory Committee of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, general advice is provided which mirrors those recommendations provided by York University:

  • Perform daily self-screening at home prior to coming to a workplace (e.g. campus and/or your location shoot, for example, by using the online self-assessment). yubettertogether.info.yorku.ca/appendix-a/
  • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms you should get tested and NOT attend any workplace.
  • If you are currently required to self-quarantine or isolate due to a quarantine order or direction from public health (e.g. due to contact with an infected individual or after travel from outside Canada) you should not attend the workplace.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for twenty seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (between 60% to 90% alcohol).
  • If you use a tissue, discard immediately and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a nose and mouth face covering while indoors during classes and film shoots, and when physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

For crews, industry best practices are recommended, but not limited to:

  • Keeping the crew size to absolute minimum (6 or less preferred);
  • Establishing and posting a notice about the maximum number of individuals who may be present in an area. (Note for CFT 130, physical distancing occupancy has been set as for all teaching spaces at York.  You can also conduct a film shoot within a Cinema & Media Arts designated studio upon being scheduled.  You may not utilize common hallways/indoor public spaces at this time)
  • Implement screening protocols by requiring individuals to self-assess before attending a shoot.  yubettertogether.info.yorku.ca/appendix-a/
  • Limiting access to one entry and one exit point where possible.
  • Keeping a sign-in/sign-out record of who comes onto your set (name, phone number, e-mail).  Should a member of your crew become ill, this will enable Toronto Public Health (or applicable municipal public health unit) contact tracing information.
  • Sending anyone home who becomes symptomatic while on a shoot.  Having them not participate if they are ill.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and sets before and after use.
  • Avoid sharing equipment and camera kit pieces.
  • Maintaining a supply of personal protective equipment e.g. non-medical face masks, latex or nitrile gloves, face shields etc.
  • Establishing a protocol for food services/handling if applicable.
  • Follow the Film & Television COVID-19 Guidance on the use of Hair/make-up & wardrobe (starting on page 27).
  • Determine whether the municipality you will be doing your film shoot in, allows for the activity especially in an outdoor setting.
  • For actors/performers, please refer to the Film & Television COVID-19 Guidance on Performers (starting on page 34) for best practices that best suit your project.

Always consult your course instructor for guidance and the film411 website for further information.

Studio Facilities and Equipment

The department’s facilities are located in Canada’s largest dedicated film & theatre teaching complex, the Centre for Film & Theatre (CFT) at York University.

Students enrolled in Production courses have access to a wide range of specialized facilities and resources including:

  • The Price Family Cinema (500 seats)
  • The Nick Mirkopoulos Screening Room (80 seats) with film and HD projection facilities
  • Nat Taylor Cinema (120 seats) with film and HD projection formats
  • Screening rooms/classrooms with film and HD projection facilities
  • 2,000 sq. ft. soundstage (with lighting grid)
  • Doorway Dolly
  • 1,100 sq. ft. studio / classroom (with lighting grid)
  • 900 sq. ft studio / classroom (with lighting grid)
  • 1,000 sq. ft. multi–track Foley recording and Pro Tools HD mixing studio
  • Multi–track sound recording studio
  • J–K Optical Printer
  • Final Cut Pro and Avid DV Express Pro video editing suites
  • Pro Tools audio editing suites
  • DVC Pro HD, and HDCAM on–line conform suites.
  • RED ONE Digital Cinema, HDV, DVCAM, DVCProHD, Super 8, 16mm and Super 16mm film camera equipment
  • RED Pro Prime Lenses and Zoom Lens
  • Panasonic HVX–and HPX cameras
  • Canon 7D digital still camera
  • Arri SR and Bolex Super 16 Cameras
  • Extensive location lighting and grip equipment
  • Digital Audio location recorders, wireless microphones.

In-kind grants from downtown industry partners provide state-of-the-art access to equipment, lab services and colour grading services. Production courses are augmented by intensive technical and creative workshops in production and post-production methods and issues.

Film 411 is a shared on-line resource for all students, staff, and faculty in York's production stream (BFA and MFA).

For all course assignments and the actual thesis film, York’s agreement with ACTRA allows our students to engage union actors, without pay. They also have the freedom to work jointly with non-union and union actors. This is a unique arrangement which ACTRA does not permit otherwise.

Equipment, Facilities and Research Labs

York’s Film Program offers Grad students a full state-of-the-art slate of digital and celluloid camera options, including Sony FS-7s, Canon 300s, Red Cameras, DSLRs, Bolexes, SRII Super 16s and Black Magics, plus a full spectrum of professional sound, lighting and grip equipment. From April to September, grads have exclusive access to our three in-house sound stages (from 800 s.f. to 2000 s.f.), dedicated grad edit suites, two online DaVinci suites, and two foley/mix theatres. In addition, grads have year-round access to our new 8500 s.f. studio, located in Cinespace, Toronto’s largest television/film soundstage complex.

MFA’s are encouraged to get involved in York's four cinema research labs: the Future Cinema Lab specializes in creating new stories for new screens, testing the possibilities of immersive installations; the Alice Lab for Computational Worldmaking explores the possibilities of AR/VR expression and transmedia; the Stereoscopic 3-D Lab@York is a workshop for artistic innovation and vision research in 3-D cinema; AMPD's Sensorium is a collective umbrella for interdisciplinary transmedia creation and exchange. Partnerships with colleagues and students from fine arts departments and other disciplines (environmental studies, gender and women's studies, political science, education) are encouraged, especially in the exploration of new digital content.

Doug Davidson Graduate Resource Room

CFT 201 is a resource room dedicated to Grad Film student needs:

  • 2 computers for student use
  • Book and journal collections
  • Recent periodicals (Canadian Journal of Film Studies; Journal of Cinema & Media Studies, among others)
  • Past thesis and thesis film supporting documents


image of the YorkFlix banner

YorkFlix is a curated online space dedicated to featuring films made by film and Media Arts students.

Film 411

image of Film 411 underneath the York University logo

Film 411 is a shared resource for all students, staff, and faculty in York's production stream.





Scott Library
The largest of York's many libraries contains thousands of books, journals, periodicals, and other documents, including a very large collection pertaining to Cinema & Media and the other Fine Arts.

Sound and Moving Image Library
Audio and visual materials are housed together within the Scott Library complex. Award–winning film and video bibliographer Kathryn Elder and her staff are an invaluable source of information.

Sound and Moving Image Library
Audio and visual materials are housed together within the Scott Library complex.

Other Libraries
Other libraries at York include Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, Law, Administrative Studies/Government Documents, Steacie Science, and the Nellie Langford Rowell Centre (Women's Studies Library). Inter–university loans, extended loan privileges, and library computing services are just a few of the many library services available to assist students with their research.

The Film Reference Library (at TIFF Bell Lightbox), the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library are also excellent sources for student research.

Graduate Students Associationo

The YUGSA is the representative student organization for the graduate population at York. The YUGSA has made low–cost extended health coverage available to all graduate students, as well as a number of grants and funds to which graduate students may apply. The YUGSA represents graduate students at Senate and numerous other Faculty of Graduate Studies committees, and produces a handbook annually, available early in the fall term. The handbook contains a wealth of useful information regarding York: Suite 325, Student Centre Complex.


Students must set up a York email account for all departmental emails. This can be done online or in person by visiting the Computing Commons at the William Small Centre. All official communications from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Program Offices, or any other University office will only be sent to official York University e-mail addresses. Students will be expected to check their York account on a regular basis for official communications.

Computing Services

A computer with internet connection is available for student use in the Student Lounge (CFT 201), with numerous computer labs with printing and internet capabilities located throughout campus. For more information on labs, software downloads, internet connections and more, please visit the Computing Services Website or stop by the Computing Commons at the William Small Centre.