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.

Note: If a project or partnership goes forward, the organization will be required to join as a LIFT Organizational Member for insurance purposes. Details about membership can be found here.


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:



Sunday, November 1, 2009 (All day)
LIFT supported an all-inclusive Super 8 filmmaking workshop for the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. Six participants each created a film project from start to finish. Participants learned basic camera theory, shot with Super 8mm cameras and edited the films digitally. Finished films...
Saturday, August 1, 2009 (All day)
LIFT facilitated a cameraless animation workshop and screening for twenty youth as a part of the 2009 Parkdale Youth Festival. LIFT supplied participants with training, technical consulting and equipment towards creating cameraless animation films. The workshops in manual manipulation of 16mm film...
Sunday, June 1, 2008 (All day)
From June through July 2008, LIFT offered a youth mentoring project, with participants referred from various youth service organizations around Toronto. This full-time six-week program provided a group of eight at-risk youth with resources, instruction in film production and a modest stipend. The...
The Accessibility of a Super 8mm Camera project is a partnership with a group of University of Toronto engineering students and artist and access advocate Adam Roy Cohoon to design a modified Super8mm camera. The Super 8mm camera will be mounted to an electric wheelchair and designed for filmmakers...
      LIFT Touring Workshop with Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L):What's Lost is Found Again: Found FootageCo-presented as part of the Northern Arts and Crafts Movement Workshop: Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21, 2016Both days 10am - 4pm Cost: $20 for N2M2L...
LIFT Touring Workshop with Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L):Film Strip as Canvas