BFA, MFA (California Institute of the Arts)
Associate Professor, Department of Film
Amnon Buchbinder's short films have been screened at festivals worldwide, including Edinburgh, Rotterdam, Toronto, Lille and Los Angeles; at major venues such as London's National Film Theatre and the Paris Cinématheque; and in national broadcasts on the CBC and elsewhere.
Professor Buchbinder's first feature film, The Fishing Trip, which he produced and directed, was based on a screenplay written by one of his students at York. The production received its world premiere to critical acclaim at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival, followed by national theatrical release and a Genie Award. His second feature, Whole New Thing, which he co-wrote with Daniel MacIvor and directed, premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. It went on to screen internationally at more than hundred film festivals, winning over 10 best-film awards, and was released theatrically in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2007, on a three-year research/creation grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, he created the film Travelling Medicine Show in collaboration with Shadowland Theatre.
Professor Buchbinder has worked on a variety of Canadian film and television projects as a screenwriter, and has story-edited more than a hundred development-funded feature film screenplays. He was a screenwriting fellow at the Praxis Film Development Workshop (to which he returns regularly as an advisor) and has given professional screenwriting workshops across Canada and in seven other countries. His book, The Way of the Screenwriter (House of Anansi Press, 2005) has been widely endorsed by working screenwriters, film directors and book reviewers in the national press.
Prior to joining York, Professor Buchbinder was a directing resident at the Canadian Film Centre, director of programming for the Vancouver International Film Festival, programmer of the Perspective Canada series for Toronto International Film Festival, and president of Pacific Cinematheque. He served as Chair of the Department of Film at York from 2008 to 2012.
Personal website: www.amnon.ca