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.
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
For the International Year of Youth, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO
and the Canada Council for the Arts launched a video project for young
Canadians based on the 2010 International Year of Youth theme, “Dialogue and
Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth
Participants 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...
From October 13th-20th 2010
a group of youth called Vibrant Voices represented the media arts program at
St. Alban's Boys and Girls club in traveling to Kingston, to document a grass
roots arts festival called Manifesto Jamaica. LIFT supported this project through mentorship and
Woodgreen Youth Settlement
Services provides support to newcomers to Canada. LIFT facilitated a Super 8mm
workshop for ten newcomer youth. Participants divided into small groups to
shoot Super 8mm film projects. The film was processed and transferred, and the
groups learned to use Final Cut Pro to...
community support to young residents of St. Jamestown. The organization provides dozens of
art-based workshops in music, dance, fashion, photography and filmmaking throughout the year. As a
part of this ongoing series LIFT facilitated workshops in Super 8mm and HD
At the 11th annual
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2010), eight indigenous youth had the
opportunity to collaboratively produce short films using "Machinima", or
machine cinema, in online virtual environments where characters and locations
can be produced and animated. With the assistance...
LIFT provided access to our
digital classroom to a group of twenty newcomer youth for their work on the
Huellas Urbana Project. The students learned to use Photoshop CS4 and worked in
LIFT’s digital classroom for two weeks creating a photo project. They also
received use of LIFT’s HD video...
7th Generation Image Makers seeks to connect youth with moving image making as a means for personal
expression & employment. LIFT provided editing facilities and
extensive mobile video, lighting and sound equipment for the project in 2010.
7th Generation Image Makers7th Generation...
Grey Bruce Arts Collective facilitates
a youth filmmaking course in the Meaford area. LIFT provided equipment and
mentorship for participants. The students completed 15 films for this education
and outreach project.
Grey Bruce Arts
Collective Since 2008, the Grey-Bruce
Arts Collective has...