Artist residencies


LIFT offers a select number of international residencies each year. These are 4–6 week individual production residencies for artists from outside Canada. LIFT's international residency program focuses on the production of film-based works with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access in their local region. Artists are expected to be at an established point in their practice (although not necessarily working predominantly with film). Applicants must also consider what they would bring to the Toronto community in terms of community collaboration, teaching, artist talks and/or presentation activities – these engagements are a critical part of each residency offered by LIFT.


In 2017, LIFT launched the annual ROBERTO ARIGANELLO NATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY. This residency seeks applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents living outside of the Greater Toronto Area to apply for a 4–6 week individual production residency. Building on our successful International Artist-in-Residence program and our local Members’ Production Grants, the National Residency is a way to reach out to Canadian artists who want to access the wealth of resources LIFT has available. It honours the legacy of Roberto Ariganello, the late LIFT Executive Director who did much to encourage artists to make films, and often reached out to redistribute excess film equipment across the country.



Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 11:00am
 Co-presented by LIFT and the Goethe Institut Toronto 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 (All day)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 (All day)
Friday, March 4, 2011 (All day)
LIFT Announces Artist Residency with Italian Filmmaker Enrico Mandirola Mandirola in Toronto March 4–April 17 for Instruction, Production and Other Events  
Thursday, October 21, 2010 (All day)
 “The films of Lee Hangjun challenge the viewer to materialize a concept rather than conceptualize material.”
Thursday, October 1, 2009 (All day)
 New York City based artist Redmond Entwistle was LIFT's Fall 2009 artist in residence. During his six -week stay in Toronto Redmond created a new 16mm film project Satellite with LIFT. Satalllite was premiered October 17th, 2009 at Gallery TPW. Jacob Korczynski produced an essay to accompany
Sunday, July 1, 2007 (All day)
Thursday, April 20, 2006 (All day)
 LIFT' s 2006 Artist in ResidenceYUIKO MATSUYAMA Yuiko Matsuyama was born in EHIME Japan in 1972. She studied at TSUDA College, where her major was social psychology. She began making film works in 1997. Yuiko lives in Tokyo. She has been at LIFT for the past month as part of her at
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 (All day)
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 8:00pm
LIFT and Pleasure Dome presents - Collage Collisions - Recent Films by Martha Colburn (In Person)