Community and Youth Projects

LIFT provides a space for communities to produce representations on their own terms. Each community collaboration works with LIFT’s professional equipment, facilities and member resources to assist social justice, education, arts and other non-profits in training their constituents to make media and produce the media content they need within often limited budgets.

LIFT accepts project and partnership inquiries from non-profit organizations and collectives on an ongoing basis. One-off projects are welcome as schedules and budgets permit, however LIFT is primarily interested in cultivating long-term partnerships with other organizations and collectives. These engagements can include capacity building consulting for emerging groups and project management along with LIFT equipment, facilities, instructors and mentors.

LIFT welcomes requests from all organizations sharing its values of social justice and freedom of expression, however only a small portion of projects can be accepted in any year.

 

Please allow 4 to 12 weeks for an evaluation of your proposal, depending on its complexity and current workload.
 
For more information about collaborating with LIFT or to arrange private and group workshops, please contact our outreach department.

Donate to LIFT Community and Youth Initiatives at: lift.ca/about/donate-support-contemporary-film

 

 

Saturday, August 10, 2013 (All day)
Eight artists will travel to Wemindji, Quebec in northern Quebec to work with Cree youth from the region. Participants will work alongside the artists to harness the power of storytelling and collectively create an original script and make a short film. The artists will share their work and stories...
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 (All day)
 Over the course of the program, participants connected with professional filmmakers, learnt career-building video production and editing skills, created short documentary films for submission to the 2013 Regent Park Film Festival, and planned a community showcase event.  Most...
Sunday, April 14, 2013 (All day)
This 3 week program brought together queer and trans spectrum youth to explore and express their relationships to family – real or imagined, of origin or chosen through art-based activities; particularly looking at the impact family experiences can have on our ability to form and sustain healthy...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (All day)
LIFT partnered with ReelWorld to present ReelYouth, a media literacy workshop for elementary school students, lead by Sarah Rotella. ReelYouth includes short film and animation screenings, as a means for encouraging young minds to think and speak about issues like diversity and identity in an open...
Thursday, January 31, 2013 (All day)
 Call for Latino/a and Aboriginal Youth ParticipantsaluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival's PASO-A-PASOToronto, Winter 2013 aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival launches Paso-A-Paso, a youth program directed towards Latino/a and Aboriginal communities starting in February 2013: "Paso-A...
Saturday, January 19, 2013 (All day)
 LIFT provided the Digital Classroom to Presenting Our Vision (POV) a community organization and registered charity that assists economically and socially marginalized youth gain the skills and experience needed to secure employment in film, television, and commercial production.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (All day)
The 4th Young Filmmaker Development Workshop brought together eight emerging indigenous female filmmakers to create Super 8mm films. LIFT provided equipment, technical support, and workshop space. Leslie Supnet facilitated Super 8mm and digital editing workshops. Projects were overseen by mentors...
Sunday, October 21, 2012 (All day)
This 3 day intensive hands on workshop run by local filmmaker Rafal Sokolowski covered screenwriting, cinematography, and post-production. Throughout the workshop participants collaborated on the production of a short film that was screened at the Closing Gala of The Toronto Polish Film Festival....
Thursday, October 18, 2012 (All day)
Presented by imagineNATIVE, Gallery 44 and curated by Amanda Strong, Resonate: Youth Multimedia Exhibition brings together four unique Indigenous youth collaborations between Media Creatorz, 7th Generation Image Makers, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), and Indigenous Routes showcasing...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 1:00pm
This 8-week course in documentary production took participants through the post-production stages of directing and editing a short biographical documentary. This course was the second of a two-part course in documentary production, Portraits of Extraordinary Minds I with Heather Frise. During...