Established in 1993 at the University of Waterloo, Department of Fine Arts (Film Studies), the semi-annual Kinema publishes articles, critiques of film and media literature. It also reports on international film festivals, conferences and other important events. The journal's aim is to promote the discussion of history, theory and aesthetics of film and audiovisual media from an international perspective. Kinema is listed in Ulrich's, Oxbridge and other major periodical directories.

Kinema has been publishing online and open-access since 1995, and moved from the Department of Fine Arts to the University of Waterloo Libraries’ Open Journal Systems platform in 2019.