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: lift.ca/about/donate-support-contemporary-film

 

 

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...
Monday, August 6, 2012 (All day)
Over the course of one month eight indigenous youth were mentored in photography resulting in a series of self-portraits. Through Gallery 44 and LIFT facilities youth participants were exposed to photography basics, conceptual process and developed software skills in Adobe Photoshop and After...
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (All day)
The Indigenous Routes Collective coordinated an eight-week intensive training project partnering professional media artists with seven indigenous youth to collaboratively produce an interactive documentary for web-based dissemination. LIFT partnered with Indigenous routes to provide training...
Saturday, June 2, 2012 (All day)
Seven Indigenous youth were invited to create short Super 8 films. Participants worked with mentor filmmakers John Hupfield, Amanda Strong and Miles Turner to write, direct, shoot and edit a short film on Super 8mm film and edited with Final Cut provided by LIFT. Workshops took place over the...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 (All day)
LIFT provided production equipment over two months for the Luminato's 2012 project. Inspired by The Encampment, elementary school students collaborated with artists Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan and project facilitators to create their own 'mini-Encampment' story mapping ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:00am
 Call for Indigenous Youth Participants for the Indigenous RoutesInteractive Documentary ProjectToronto, June and July 2012 The Indigenous Routes Collective is seeking applicants for an eight-week new media project taking place in Toronto this summer. Six Indigenous youth will be selected...
Monday, November 21, 2011 (All day)
U SHIFT 2.0 is the second installment of a free filmmaking program for youth, exploring self-expression and issues of social justice. Participants worked with support from LIFT facilities and professional filmmakers to create a high-quality film. The Shift The SHIFT is a Youth Film and...
Saturday, November 26, 2011 (All day)
The Indigenous Youth Arts Showcase in Toronto, Canada featured young Indigenous artists working in visual and media arts. Fifteen visual artists and fifteen media artists under the age of 29 presented work in this day-long event. The showcase had a spotlight on 7th Gen Alumni artists. LIFT assisted...