University of British Columbia
Centre for Cinema Studies

Centre for Cinema Studies - Events

The Centre’s activities aims to be a crossroads for academic discussion of film, with emphasis on the engagement in debate and exchange of ideas (both on and off-campus).


Debate and exchange of ideas: The Centre welcomes scholars as visiting fellows or temporary residents, and invites them to make use of the infrastructure and resources of the Centre.


Wherever possible the Centre will aim to let the wider UBC community benefit from the presence of its visitors, by organizing seminars, workshops, visiting lectures, presentations, or peer-to-peer debate.

event image

Cinema Salon @ UBC Library

Join us for Cinema Salon at UBC Library, where we screen a movie from the Videomatica collection during lunch hour and then share insights about the featured film with a faculty member from the Department of Theatre and Film.

Admission is free but seating is limited.

All Cinema Salon events take place at noon, in Koerner Library, Room 216.

Thursday, Jan. 30

Wings of Desire (1987)

Directed by Wim Wenders
Genre: Art Cinema
Run time: 128 minutes

Host: Ernest Mathijs, Department of Theatre and Film

An angel (Bruno Ganz) wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

In German and English with English subtitles

Thursday, Feb. 27

Videodrome (1983)

Directed by David Cronenberg
Genre: Horror/Sci Fi
Run time: 87 minutes

Host: Ernest Mathijs, Department of Theatre and Film

A sleazy cable-TV programmer (James Woods) begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.

Thursday, Mar. 27

City of God (2002)*

Directed by Fernando Meirelles
Run time: 130 minutes
Genre: Crime/Drama

Host: Alessandra Santos, Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies

Loosely based on real events, the film tells the story of two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro who take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

In Portuguese with English subtitles

* Please note the screening has changed from Madame Sata to City of God

Cinema Salon


October 6, 2010

Film Symposium on Migration, Multiculturalism and Misunderstandings

A screening and discussion of two controversial European films about the chances and challenges of demographic changes in society.

2.00 till 5.30 pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Room 290.

FREE, but due to limited seating, please reserve a seat by calling 604.822.2697


January-October, 2009

The Centre for Cinema Studies will host a symposium directed by Angela Piccini from the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Bristol

During her stay in Vancouver, Angela will be undertaking research on the production and reception of mediatised material culture associated with the 2010 Olympics. As a Visiting Fellow, she will also be contributing both to graduate and undergraduate teaching via a seminar series and to interdepartmental research culture via a graduate/faculty roundtable.

University of Bristol


June 1-4, 2008

The Past is a Difficult Country: German Film Festival & Symposium

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
(GFFSUV) - jointly organized by the Centre for Cinema Studies and CENES.


Visiting Scholars

events image

Dr. Joyleen Christensen (Lecturer in Film and Literature, University of Newcastle, Australia; Visiting Scholar July-December 2015) researches popular culture, in particular, celebrity and fan cultures in film, television, and music.


events image

Dr. Davinia Thornley (University of Otago) researched the intersection of film festival attendance and indigenous activism through case studies of New Zealand, Canadian and American indigenous film festivals.

events image

Catherine Griff (Swinburne University) explores how creators of screen fiction engage with their audiences, including case studies of high profile Australian producers and interviews with Canadian digital media creators.

events image

Robyn Citizen's research examines the functions of blackness in the reflexive construction of Japanese identities in Japanese cinema.

events image

Miguel Olid researched Spanish/Canadian co-productions, and the distribution of Spanish cinema abroad during his stay at the Centre.

events image

Alexander Pavlov researched cult cinema's transnationalism during his stay at the Centre.

events image

Jenna Ng examined the function of machinima, films shown in virtual worlds, or media suspended in between game, image, avatar and our selves, during her stay at the Centre.

events image

Rebecca Coyle was researching the on-screen presence of Bowen Island, and the soundscapes of Baz Luhrmann and The Jetsons during her stay at the Centre.

events image

María del Mar Grandío studied new ways of television fiction production on online platforms in Canada during her stay at the Centre.

events image

Philip Drake researched the reception and political economy of Hollywood's operations in Canada during his stay at the Centre.

events image

Steffen Hantke researched representations of the Cold War during his stay at the Centre.

events image

Angela Piccini studied representations of archaeological heritage in factual screen media contextualized by the 2010 Olympic Games.

events image

Tomáš Pospíšil Visiting Scholar June-August 2007, and August 2010.

events image

Murray Pomerance conducted research on cinematic representations of early applications of electricity while visiting the Centre.

events image

Jamie Sexton executed preparatory research on world cult cinema while staying the Centre.


UBC's Department of Theatre and Film
Film Studies at UBC

Website design by Linda Fenton Malloy