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The Department of Film hosts CineSiege annually, presenting a juried selection of outstanding productions created by students in the Department of Film at York University.
Jurors have included Liz Braun, Eugene Levy, Geoff Pevere, Patricia Rozema, Larry Weinstein, Avi Lewis, Cameron Bailey, Judy Gladstone, Barbara Sternberg, Wiebke von Carolsfeld, Kevin, Sudz Sutherland, Emily Morgan, Lisa Steele and Ingrid Randoja.
The Finish Line
This annual event showcases the work of all undergraduate film and video students in the Department of Film and includes Fiction, Documentary and Alternative works. The screenings take place at the end of the winter term and are held in the new Accolade Cinema. The event is open to the public and family and friends are especially invited to attend.
The Independents is a year-long series of monthly lectures/workshops generally held on the last Thursday of every month in the Nat Taylor Cinema or the new Accolade Cinema.
While all of Canadian cinema might be considered ‘independent’ given that all Canadian cinema works outside conventional studio infrastructures, the series is particularly focused on those filmmakers and film scholars who are forging new and innovative paths in their discipline, whether this is through form and style, theoretical paradigm or through the subject matter that their work addresses.
The aim of the series is, above all, to foster a vibrant and ongoing debate between filmmaker/ video artist practitioners and film scholars and students. To that end, each filmmaker is paired with a scholar who, as directly or indirectly as they wish, will develop critical contexts, theoretical probes, and historical overviews through which particular works might be considered.
Ranging from an elegant new digital feature by veteran experimental director and international art superstar Michael Snow to Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s widely-hailed documentary on workers’ takeovers in Argentina, Julia Kwon’s Sundance Festival award-winning film Eve and the Firehorse, the series aims to spark a critical dialogue on the aesthetic and economic challenges confronting filmmakers in the new millennium. All screenings and lectures are widely advertised and open to the entire university community.
Intercut is an annual event featuring staged readings of original scripts by screenwriting students from the Department of Film performed by students from the Department of Theatre. The event is a collaboration between the Film and Theatre Departments and Winters College. It is open to the general public and audience feedback is invited.
The Norman Jewison Lecture and Screening Series
The Norman Jewison Series is a series of screenings and lectures sponsored by the Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation. The series draws from a wide and diverse variety of guests, including noted Canadian and international filmmakers, writers, film historians and theorists.
For a complete events listing for the Department of Film, see the department's Events page.