7 MAR / Transnational Cinema and Theory


Our last panel of the 2013-2014 season will suggest new frameworks for conducting transnational scholarship in film and moving image studies, broadening and taking into account the institutional implications of such research. It will take as a case study Luca Caminati’s project on the traveling post-WWII Italian auteurs, discussing it in the context of debates in transnational film and media studies, as well as its potential for innovative collaborative research practices.

Participants include Luca Caminati (Concordia University) and Masha Salazkina (Concordia University). Markus Reiseleitner (York University) will act as moderator and respondent.

Friday, March 7, 2014 – 4pm to 6pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd Floor Learning Studios


7 FEB / Animation, Embodiment, Technology


On February 7, TFS is proud to present Animation, Embodiment, Technology, featuring two Ontario-based scholars discussing their innovative work on the history and aesthetics of animation.

Sandra Annett (Wilfred Laurier University) – Weighing Imbalance: Haptic Visuality in Japanese and South Korean Cinematic Animation

This presentation will address embodied experience in the films of two cinematic auteurs: Japan’s Miyazaki Hayao and South Korea’s Lee Sung-gang. It will argue that representations of weight and weightlessness in Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and My Beautiful Girl Mari (2002) engender a form of “haptic visuality” in animation, in that they convey through vision the body’s tactile, positional, and motile senses.

Alla Gadassik (University of Toronto) – A Certain Gait: Rendering Character in Studio Animation

This talk locates the influence of early scientific motion analysis and its attendant theories of psychological movement on the development of studio animation methods. Focusing on Walt Disney’s 1930s action-analysis classes, the talk argues that the studio’s influential character animation style owed a significant debt to scientific and cultural theories of kinesthetic analysis. This historical and aesthetic connection had profound implications for how mainstream animation visually interpreted and rendered the movements of subjectivity, including class, gender, and race.

Tess Takahashi (York University) will act as moderator and respondent

DATE: Friday, February 7, 2014

TIME: 4:00pm-6:00pm

LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd Floor Learning Studios


17 JAN / Writing For/About/With Film

On Friday, January 17, 2013 – 4:00pm-6:00pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Toronto Film Seminar presents: Writing For/About/With Film
This panel showcases the work of four outstanding PhD students and recent graduates, each of whom is dealing with the complex relationships between cinema, writing and writers. How are films written? Why do we write about film? How are writers and writing represented in films? Each participant will bring a unique perspective on this diverse theme. Topics include adaptation, screenwriting and narratology, writer-auteur characters in film, and the practice of film criticism.
  • Patrick Faubert (Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier) – ‘How the Dream Came True': Warner Bros. and Shakespeare
  • Caroline Verner (Cinema & Media Studies, York) – “Filmed as written”: Narration and Point of View in Harold Pinter’s The Comfort of Strangers
  • Tom Dorey (Communication & Culture, York/Ryerson) “The Loneliness of the Middle-Class Writer: Irony, Reflexivity and American Smart Film’s Writer Characters”
  • Jacqueline Cain (Cinema & Media Studies, York) “Mass Culture and the Populist Critic of the American Postwar Era”
DATE: Friday, January 17, 2013
TIME: 4:00pm-6:00pm
LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd Floor Learning Studios

8 NOV / Teaching Game Studies

Please join us Friday, November 8, 2013 – 4:00pm-6:00pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, when Toronto Film Seminar presents:Teaching Game Studies

Incorporating video games into cinema and media studies classes can be challenging, both practically and pedagogically. This workshop and discussion features three scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds discussing their approaches to teaching game studies, and is intended to help teachers of all kinds, from teaching assistants to faculty. Please come prepared with your questions and quandaries! The workshop will be followed by an informal reception.


Jennifer Jenson, (Institute for Research on Learning Technologies, York University)
Bruno Lessard (School of Image Arts, Ryerson University)
Emma Westecott, (Digital Futures Initiative, Ontario College of Art & Design University)

DATE: Friday, November 8, 2013

TIME: 4:00pm-6:00pm

LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd Floor Learning Studios

A short reception with food and refreshments to follow.


11 OCT / Strained Integration

Please join us Friday, October 11 at 4:00pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox, when the Toronto Film Seminar presents:

Strained Integration: Songs in Early Sound Cinema

Katherine Spring (Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)


Hollywood’s transition to sound ushered in a rich period of song use in American cinema. While on screen song performances brought commercial appeal to the talkies, they also threatened conventions of plausible storytelling. Professor Spring’s presentation will discuss some of the ways in which filmmakers sought to resolve the tension between the song-as-attraction and the norms of narrative coherence.

Respondent: Charles O’Brien (Film Studies, Carleton University)   

DATE: Friday, October 11, 2013

TIME: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd Floor Learning Studios

27 SEP / TFS Graduate Student Mixer


27 SEP  / TFS Graduate Student Mixer

Please join us for our annual Graduate Student Mixer!

It’s a great opportunity for students to meet one another, discuss the fantastic projects everyone is working on, and have a good time socializing at TIFF Bell Lightbox. All graduate students and faculty working in cinema or media are welcome!

Friday, September 27
3pm to 5pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square, 350 King Street West
Learning Studios, 3rd floor

Please RSVP to torontofilmseminar@tiff.net by Wednesday, September 25.

Food and drink will be served.

26 APR / “Colloquial” Contexts

“Colloquial” Contexts: Workshop on Student Conference Organizing
Toronto Film Seminar’s final event of the year, “COLLOQUIAL” CONTEXTS, brings together the organizers of recent graduate student conferences at York and Ryerson Universities, the University of Toronto, and Carleton University to address both practical and epistemological questions relating to conference organizing. In particular, the discussion will focus on: the role of the student conference in academic and professional development; the relationship between the practice of scholarship, the sharing of research, and administrative service; the challenges and opportunities of organizing in an interdisciplinary space; and different approaches to engendering productive and collegial intellectual interaction at student conferences.
Skot Deeming & Theadora Mills (Intersections 2013: Politics of Play, Communication & Culture, York/Ryerson Universities)
Jessica Mulvogue & Caroline Verner (Film Studies Association of Canada Graduate Colloquium 2011, Cinema and Media Studies, York University)
David Richler (Interface 2013: Creative and Critical Approaches in the Digital Humanities, Cultural Mediations, Carleton University)
Jennifer Sider and Madeleine Wall (Film and Television: 2013 Graduate Colloquium, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto)
DATE: Friday, April 26, 2013
TIME: 12 pm to 2 pm (lunch will be provided)
LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox 3rd Floor Learning Studios