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 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 and anti-oppression stance, however only a small portion of projects will be accepted in any year. Please allow 2 to 12 weeks for an evaluation of your proposal, depending on its complexity and current workload. For more information about collaborating with LIFT please contact our outreach department.
with LIFT instructors, Harmony Movement organized editing workshops
over the summer in and around Crescent Town, Rexdale and Jane/Finch. In
an intensive program, youth worked with a facilitator to create visual
stories about the issues and experiences they face in their
LIFT organized a Super 8mm workshop for Braeburn Neighbourhood Place in the summer of 2011. Small groups each completed a film, starting with a Super 8mm workshop with facilitators in Rexdale and a digital editing lesson at LIFT. Braeburn
Neighbourhood Place and Boys & Girls Club provides...
LIFT organized a Super 8mm workshop for Braeburn
Neighbourhood Place in the summer of 2011. Braeburn
Neighbourhood Place and Boys & Girls Club provides programs and services
for children, youth and families in the Rexdale Community. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
(BGCC) is a...
In September 2010 LIFT was
awarded funding through Canada Council for the Arts to initiate an innovative
film and video production pilot program in the
Toronto District School System. Partnering with media teacher David Lush at
Bloor Collegiate Institute, LIFT brings film and video expertise into...
Facilitated by LIFT,
participants shot interviews for a public awareness campaign to challenge
assumptions as to what a Canadian looks like or what makes up Canadian culture.
The ten youth participants will create short videos bringing attention to the
idea that who is considered Canadian and who...
The Shift worked at LIFT to
give their youth participants an understanding of editing on Final Cut Pro and hands on learning with the software. With the help of LIFT facilities, the
youth learned quickly and worked diligently to create the first cut of their
own documentary they had shot...
Over three sessions, LIFT
instructors taught fundamental camera, sound and lighting skills to members of
Workman Arts undertaking their own video projects.
Founded in 1988 the Workman Arts Project of Ontario (Workman Arts) on
the principle that the creative process is...
The Tourette Syndrome
Foundation of Canada worked with LIFT to record voice-overs for the It's
Your Move program. Voice-over will be used online to make the program more
accessible for those who learn through hearing rather than reading.
It’s Your Move
It’s Your Move is a nationwide...
learned basic filmmaking skills and created a short film with Media
Creatorz. Workshops were hosted by Aboriginal filmmakers Miles Turner
and Amanda Strong. The Media CreatorZ project involves a series of
weekly workshops for ten Native youth in Toronto on the topic of...
Sponsored by the Female Eye
Film Festival, LIFT and ANDPVA, the Student Super 8 Filmmaking workshop allows eight emerging indigenous
female filmmakers to create a film on Super 8 film. The works were overseen by
mentors Jules Koostchin, Amanda Strong and Peggy Anne Burton and premiered at