Claudia Sicondolfo

Claudia Sicondolfo
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Building AA 329
Arts Management


Claudia Sicondolfo lives and works as a guest in Tkaronto. She is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies department at York University who held the Vanier CGS from 2017-2021. Her research projects address topics ranging from film festivals, screen publics, youth and digital media cultures, decolonizing research methodologies and affect in the creative industries. Her doctoral research project examines curatorial modes in pedagogy, community outreach, and audience engagement within contemporary digital screen initiatives and film festivals in Canada. Her writing has been published in ESSACHES, Public Journal, and Senses of Cinema, in addition to various book anthologies. Claudia has worked intimately with educational communities across Canada and has published educational companion curriculum for documentaries. Prior to beginning her PhD, Claudia worked with the National Film Board of Canada for almost a decade.

In addition to holding an Assistant Professorship Arts Management Program in the Department of Arts, Media, and Culture at UTSC, she is also a co-researcher in the Archive/Counter-Archive SSHRC Partnership Project, in the Fair Play Connections grant, as well as the Research Associate for York University’s Digital Justice Research Cluster.


2015 - (ongoing) Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, York University
2009 - 2011 M.A., Cinema and Media Studies, York University
2002 - 2006 B.A., Film Studies and English, Carleton University

Teaching Interests

Movements in Film History; Contemporary Media Studies; Film Festivals and Digital Media Publics; Policy in the Media Arts; Communities and Arts Practices

Research Interests

Screen publics (local, regional, national, and digital publics); Community engagement and arts organizations; Canadian cinemas; Cinema and media pedagogies; Film festivals; Decolonizing research methodologies; Affect in the cultural industries; Youth studies and digital media engagements

Awards and Grants

Vanier CGS (2017-2020)


(In Peer Review, Forthcoming) Sicondolfo, Claudia. “‘How do we come back home?’ The Joyful Archives of the Home Made Visible Project.” In Counter-Archives: Communities. Stacy Allison-Cassin and Antoine Demiens, eds. Concordia University Press, 2022.

(Forthcoming) Sicondolfo Claudia. “Domus as Dream Habitat.” Panorama-Cinéma (May 2022). Special Dossier on “Canadian Animation.”

(Forthcoming) Sicondolfo, Claudia. “Wrinkling Through Time: Tricks, Tesseracts and The Celluloid Vermettes.” In Canadian Women Filmmakers: Rhayne Vermette. Stephen Broomer, ed. Toronto: Canadian Film Institute. 2022.

Sicondolfo, Claudia, Debbie Ebanks Schlums et al. “Archive/Counter- Archive: Activating Principles of Respect in Archival Policy Development.” ESSACHESS—Journal for Communication Studies V. 15, N. 1.29 (2022). DOI:

Sicondolfo, Claudia. “Sights of Homecoming: Locating Restorative Sites of Passage in Zacharias Kunuk’s Festival Performance of Angirattut.” In Indigenous Media Arts in Canada: Making, Caring, Sharing. Ezra Winton and Dana Claxton, eds. Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2022.

Sicondolfo, Claudia and Jonathan Petrychyn. “Archived Passions, Censored Bodies: Passiflora and the Regulation of Sexuality at the NFB.” Senses of Cinema 90, March 2019.  

Sicondolfo, Claudia. “Serial Rep-Cinema and Community Cinema-Going.” Senses of Cinema 92 (October 2019). Special Dossier on “This is What Defined Cinema in the 2010s.”

Sicondolfo, Claudia. “‘Filleing’ the Cinema Gap: The Precarity of Toronto’s Necessary Emerging Network of Feminist Film Critics.” In Youth Mediations and Affection Relations, Susan Driver and Natalie Coulter, Eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillian, 2018, 175-196. 


Curatorial Projects

Programming Team, Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, ON, Apr 28, 2022 – May 8, 2022

Programmer, Canadian Screens: A Film Series at UTSC. 4 Programs. Presented by the ELDC, UTSC, Toronto, ON. November 2017 – March 2018.

Co-Programmer, Passiflora: Fervors of the Body Politic. Ad Hoc #5, in partnership with The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. November 10, 2017.

Co-Programmer, National Canadian Film Day: The Stairs. Presented by the GFSA and Reel Canada, York University, York University, Toronto, ON. April 19, 2017

Programmer, Canadian Screens: A Film Series at UTSC. 5 Programs. Presented by the ELDC, UTSC, Toronto, ON. October 2016 – March 2017

Commissioned Policy Reports and Research Creation

2020 Co-Contributor, Mary Elizabeth Luka and Jacqueline Wallace, developed in consultation with Helen Yung, with additional research by Katy Illona Harris, Claudia Sicondolfo, Hillary Walker. Towards a Measurement Framework for Creative Hubs.Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Branch. Commissioned Report. (145 pages).

Co-Contributor, Mary Elizabeth Luka, Jacqueline Wallace, Helen Yung, Illona Harris, Claudia Sicondolfo, Hillary Walker. Impact Assessment Bibliography. creations/academic-bibliography-collection/impact-assessment/, Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), 2020.