Amnon Buchbinder

Amnon Buchbinder

Program Completed at the CFC

Cineplex Entertainment Film Program (Director's Lab) Feature Screenplay Development Program

Discipline Studied at CFC


Completion Year

1992, 1993

Current Information

Current Title

Writer/Director, Associate Professor


Amnon Buchbinder has directed two theatrically-released feature films: The Fishing Trip (1998), distributed by Mongrel Media, was nominated for 3 Genie awards, winning one; Whole New Thing (2005) screened at over 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards, was acquired by ThinkFilm and distributed theatrically in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. He has also made a number of short films that screened at major festivals around the world. Working in the Canadian film and television industry he has written and rewritten numerous screenplays. He has served as story editor on over a hundred feature film projects in funded development, and taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. His book, The Way of the Screenwriter was published in 2005 by House of Anansi Press. He has been a curator and film programmer for organizations including the Pacific Cinematheque, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, and has consulted on program policy and curriculum development for educational institutions, arts bodies, and film organizations. Amnon holds a BFA and MFA in Film from the California Institute of the Arts. His third feature film, the myth/fiction/autobiography hybrid Travelling Medicine Show is slated for completion in 2014, and he is currently writing and directing the interactive documentary Biology of Story with funding from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council. He is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Film in the Faculty of Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University.