• Transnational Perspectives Conference
  • Interview with Kate Johnson
  • Interview with Alberto Zambenedetti
  • Interview with Scott Richmond

Emerging as a technological novelty at the turn of the twentieth century, cinema quickly developed in multiple directions simultaneously: as a complex and varied artform; as an influential mass entertainment; as an often controversial social phenomenon; and as an economic force.


Undergraduate Program

Summer 2018 Courses

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Introduction to Film Study
Mon & Wed, 12-4

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The War Film
Tue & Thu, 12-4


Issues in Film Authorship I
Mon & Wed, 12-4


British Screen Cultures:Exploring Difference
Summer Abroad

The Media Event: Celebration, Accident, and Catastrophe
Tue & Thu, 5-9

Canadian Cinemas: English Canadian Narrative Films
Mon & Wed, 12-4



Chinese Cinemas
(China: Hong Kong)

Summer Abroad


Maggie Cheung moving image gallery

Cinema Studies Student Union
The voice of Cinema Studies undergraduate students.

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Screenings, seminars, and special events at the Cinema Studies Institute.



Program Admission



Awards and Scholarships


Frequently Asked Questions



The University of Toronto is collaborating with the Black German Heritage and Research Association in hosting the conference, Transnational Perspectives on Black Germany, which will take place May 23-25, 2018 at the Innis Town Hall.  The event will feature a variety of scholarly panels on the topic of Black German history and cultural production, as well as two keynotes by respectively Dr. Fatima. El-Tayeb and activist, artist, writer Noah Sow, and two cultural evenings ---a film screening at TIFF Lightbox of On Second Glance (Sheri Hagen, 2012) with director in attendance, and a dance/music/poetry performance at Robert Hill Theatre. Program and registration information are available here:  http://bghra.org/2018-conference-program/  



Applications for Graduate Studies

The Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto offers a funded 12-month M.A. program, and a Ph.D. program in Cinema Studies with four years of funding.

  • Applications will be accepted for the 2018-19 academic year from October 13, 2017, to 11:59 p.m. January 11, 2018. This is the payment deadline. Payment must have been received by January 11.
  • Applicants who had paid by that deadline may take up to 11:59 p.m. January 18 to upload documents. Referee letters may also arrive by that deadline.
  • Application instructions

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  • M.A. and Ph.D. applications to re-open October 13, 2017, closing to payment on January 11, 2018. Documents may arrive by January 18, 2018.
  • Consult the Graduate Program Assistant regarding admission
  • Awards: Please inform the Graduate Program Assistant ahead of the deadlines or contact for assistance with the application.
    • SSHRC Application Deadlines
      • Doctoral SSHRC applications
        • October 16, 2017 @ 4 p.m.
      • Masters CGS-M applications
        • December 1, 2017
      • Vanier applications
        • September 18, 2017 @ 4 p.m.
      • Trudeau Foundation applications
        • TBA
  • Post-Graduate