Essay Film Conference

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Undergraduate Conference

Hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University
April 6-7, 2018




Accommodation for the SCMS conference has been reserved at the U Plus Residence (321 Spruce Street, Waterloo) from Thursday, April 05 to Sunday, April 08, 2018. Each condo-style unit has 3-4 beds and includes a kitchen. WiFi is available. The residence is a 10 minute walk to the Schlegel Building on Wilfrid Laurier campus, where the conference sessions are being held, as well as the reception in the library art gallery on Thursday evening.  Residence units will be assigned prior to arrival.


Please complete the following information ASAP and email it to 


First Name:

Last Name:


Cell Phone Number:

Email Address:

Arrival Date:

Estimate Arrival Time:

Departure Date:

Is parking required? (up to $10.00/day charge)


The rate is $53.00/night/person, plus HST. You will be contacted in late April to provide credit card information so that payments can be processed prior to check-in.  


If you have any questions, please email or call 519-884-0710, x. 3958.

NB: the deadline for booking the U Plus Residence in Waterloo is Friday, March 09. Your reservation must be made and payment received by this date.

All questions about accommodations may be directed to





Pearson Airport-to-Waterloo transport information:

Once you have landed at Toronto’s Pearson Airport you will need to get to the residence in Waterloo, which is just over an hour away by car.

Here are your best transportation options (you might want to organize on facebook to travel together depending on your flight arrival time):


Airways Transit 


Waterloo Taxi

From Pearson - $115.00

To Pearson - $90.00



Greyhound Bus



The SCMS 2018 conference committee would like to reiterate that it is very important that you book your flight to arrive at Toronto's Pearson airport on Thursday April 05, ideally in the afternoon. The conference—which takes place at Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo--begins first thing at 9:00 am on Friday April 06, and everyone is expected to be there together for the whole two days. There is a welcoming reception on the Thursday evening at 5:00 as well. Again, I strongly urge you to not plan to arrive any later than Thursday April 05.

Thanks, more soon.

Please direct all inquiries to Dr. Kilbourn at or the SCMS conference address:


Students presenting at SCMS-U 2014
Courtesy of the University of Oklahoma, Film and Media Studies Department


About the Conference
The Society’s annual conference provides a forum for scholars and teachers of film and media studies to present and hear new research; to provide a supportive environment for networking, mentoring, and collaboration among scholars otherwise separated by distance, language, or disciplinary boundaries; and to promote the field of cinema and media studies among its practitioners, to other disciplines, and to the public at large, in part through public recognition of award worthy achievements and other significant milestones within the field.

Each Spring the Society announces the location of the next conference and calls for proposals for open call papers, panels, workshops, and screenings. Members and registered website users can post calls for papers and panel and workshop announcements to the Conference Bulletin Board to solicit presenters. Online submission forms are available in June for paper, panel and workshop abstracts, bios, and bibliographies and film synopses.

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