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.
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’...
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...
LIFT provided equipment and
resources for youth to make POV videos during the city of Toronto’s Youth Week.
The project was organized in collaboration with the Youth Action Network. The
fifteen participants learned basic camera and editing skills, creating a digital
video project for their...
For their documentary project LOFT worked with local artists to
document live performances by underserved youth working with hip-hop in all
elements of the tradition (MC, DJ, breakers and writers). Participants used the footage to create music videos and documentaries. LIFT provided facilities,...
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...
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...
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...