As a core member of Toronto’s vibrant film community, our Graduate Program offers in-depth instruction in four interrelating areas:
1. Expanded Documentary
Encompassing essay and vérité films, interactive and transmedia works, community and social justice docs, digital activism and autoethnography. Recent thesis docs include Sofia Bohdanowicz’ Point and Line to Plane, Sophy Romvari’s Still Processing, Alejandro Coronado’s Dr. B., Shabnam Sukhdev’s Unfinished, lee williams boudakian’s VR work I am your ghost.
2. Alternative Cinema
Embracing experimental and structural hybrids, hand-processing, future cinema and process methods, 16mm and AR/VR, installation and intermedia projects. Recent alternative thesis films include Nada El Omari’s In the jasmine vines, Tamara Segura’s Father Figures, Federica Foglia’s Currents, and Samuel Lee’s 360 project Hallway.
Creating dynamic idioms for shorts, features, television, and transmedia storytelling, from experimental narrative and naturalism to a full spectrum of genre scripts. Recent thesis screenplays include Mary Lewis’s Butterfly Jump (optioned by Roger Frappier Films), James Dunnison’s Lipko Park, and Nicole Alexander (Who is your Guru?) and Morgan Fics (Put to Rights), the first mother-son MFA screenwriting team.
4. Independent Fiction
Including new narrative, hybrid fiction, micro-budget cinema, new neo-realism, transmedia storytelling, magic realism. Recent thesis fiction films include Sabrian Zhao’s A Collage Barbarous (Berlinade 2021), Cailleah Scott Grimes’ Between Us, Salar Pashtoonyar’s Bad Omen (Student Academy Award nominee), and Mehrtash Mohit’s Retributive Minds.
The Graduate Program in Film at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.