FS275: The Business of Film

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Arts 

Department: English and Film Studies 

Campus: Waterloo 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 4771 



Position Title: FS275: Business of Film (re-post)

Term: Winter (January 1 – April 30, 2023)

Days/Times: Mon./Wed. 5:30 – 6:50 pm

Hours per week/Hours Total: 3 / 36

Anticipated Class Size: 55

Additional Course Requirements: Teaching experience at the university level

Posted on: August 2, 2022

Posting ends: August 9, 2022


Position Summary:

The aim of this course is to give students a thorough overview of the business environment in which films, television programs, and other moving image productions are financed, developed, produced and distributed. This course allows students to gain the background knowledge and practical skills necessary for entering into the contemporary film and media industries in various capacities.


The course first instructs students in the practicalities of financing and producing films. This includes topics such as understanding legal affairs (e.g., the “chain of title” or ownership for a media property, film contracts, completion bonds), financing film development, applying to funding agencies such as the Canada Council for the Arts, negotiating co-productions and private production financing, receiving tax credits, and knowing the requirements of the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office. Having gained an understanding of film finance and production, students then learn how to tap into channels of distribution for film and media content by exploring the role of broadcasters and distributors in today’s media environment. Topics addressed in this section may include marketing; social media and online distribution; film festivals and other markets; and film festival planning and management. By the end of this course, student should have the solid core knowledge of the business practices of film needed to enter into the film and visual media industry in Canada today. 




Qualifications – Required: BA, BFA. MA, MFA preferred.

Qualifications – Discipline: Film Studies, Fine Arts, Business Administration 

Qualifications – Areas of Specialization: Business management in entertainment, the business of film

Qualifications – Other: 3+ years of experience in the Canadian film industry and current Canadian industry experience in arts management and/or film production, film distribution


Salary: $8,414.99


Application Deadline: August 9, 2022


Submit with Application:


Required for All Applicants

  • CV (required)

Required for External Applicants

  • Names and Contact Information for Referees
  • Evidence of Good Teaching (official teaching evaluations only; applicant summaries are not accepted)


  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Dossier (highly recommended)
  • Sample Course Outline (2-pages maximum, highly recommended)


Applicants will be required to submit proof of academic credentials for highest degree prior to being awarded a contract. It is highly recommended that applicants include this verification with their application.


Applications may be addressed to:

Dr. Russell Kilbourn, Chair

English and Film Studies

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario


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This appointment is in accordance with the Contract Teaching Faculty and Part-time Librarians Collective Agreement, for which the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent.  All applicants are assessed using both the “Appendix H: Assessment of CTF Candidates under 13.6.1” in the collective agreement and the program specific rubric. Candidates should review these documents and ensure the information required is easily accessible in the application. 


Please Note:

For Supplementary Remuneration for large classes or multi-section courses, see Article 28.3

Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University's Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier's core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates from equity deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at indigenous@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at equity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at hr@wlu.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  In accordance with the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the successful applicants will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

Members of the designated groups must self-identify to the appropriate Dean(s) to be considered for employment equity.

All course offerings will be contingent on adequate student registration and subject to budgetary funding.

Members of the Contract Teaching Faculty bargaining unit:

Laurier's mandatory vaccination policy paused May 1. Should public health recommendations change, vaccination requirements can be brought back on short notice. While proof of vaccination requirements paused May 1, Laurier community members should remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster doses, as recommended by public health. The university reserves the right to re-implement the vaccination requirement at any time in response to public health conditions. Effective July 1, masks will no longer be mandatory for students, faculty, staff and visitors at Wilfrid Laurier University.  The university's current face covering requirement will be lifted at all of our campuses and locations, subject to any changes in public health conditions.

In-person teaching will be supported by classroom safety and hygiene protocols aligned with public health guidelines in effect at the time and will adhere to any COVID-19 related university policies including the COVID-19 face covering policy.  Questions related to classroom safety protocols can be directed to SHERM (shermcovid19@wlu.ca). Questions related to employment accommodation needs can be directed to the confidential Health & Abilities team in Human Resources cgruhl@wlu.ca.

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit www.wlu.ca/careers for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.

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