Film Production

UBC Film History

The UBC Film Production Program began in 1969 with a handful of film workshops offered to Department of Theatre students. From these workshops grew today’s renowned program, which has more than 350 alumni, many of whom are leaders in Canada’s film and television industries. Alumni have screened their work at film festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Toronto, IDFA and Hot Docs.

In 2006, under the leadership of a group of recent graduates, the UBC Film Production Alumni Association (FPAA) was formed and has been working to create events, mentorship opportunities and strong alumni involvement.

Achievements of the program since 2006 include:

  • A renovated and spacious new building to house the program
  • Revised BFA, Diploma and MFA curricula
  • Expansion of the BFA/Diploma Program from two years to three years
  • A new faculty position specializing in the area of fiction directing
  • Professional mentorship program through the UBC Film Production Alumni Association
  • An educational partnership with Emily Carr University
  • Student access to professional internships and additional equipment and services from the Vancouver film and television industry

The program now serves more than 70 students annually.