Amnon Buchbinder

Amnon Buchbinder
Associate Professor


BFA, MFA (California Institute of the Arts)

Amnon Buchbinder is a filmmaker and author whose research is presently focused on the development of a new theory of story and anti-story in art and life. His ongoing interactive documentary project Biology of Story, undertaken as research-creation and funded with a major SSHRC Insight grant, launched at SXSW-Interactive in 2016 with over 70 hours of material (see news story). Recently completed projects include the hybrid myth/fiction/autobiography film Travelling Medicine Show and the novel Mortal Coil.

Professor Buchbinder has directed two theatrically-released feature films. The Fishing Trip (1998), made in collaboration with his students and distributed by Mongrel Media, was nominated for three Genie awards, winning one. Whole New Thing (2005) screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards; it was acquired by ThinkFilm and distributed theatrically in Canada, the US and Europe. He has also made a number of short films that have been presented at major festivals around the world.

Working in the Canadian film and television industry, Amnon Buchbinder has written and rewritten numerous screenplays. He has served as story editor on over a hundred feature film projects in funded development, and has taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. His book The Way of the Screenwriter (House of Anansi Press, 2005), which reinterprets the craft from both a philosophical and practical point of view, has been widely acclaimed by working screenwriters. He has served as a curator and film programmer for several organizations including the Vancouver International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Professor Buchbinder is a former Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University, and has played an instrumental role in developing the department’s curriculum in production and screenwriting.