Donate in Support of Contemporary Film

How Your Donation Supports LIFT

This past November we staged our most ambitious fundraising appeal to date. Over the course of four weeks, LIFT sought to raise $10,000 in donations to go towards outreach efforts, facility maintenance, and developing new opportunities for teaching and mentorship. 

We may have come just shy of our $10,000 goal but we were still bowled over by the support and enthusiasm the campaign received from our world-wide community.


Fundraising is a year round activity for an artist run centre like LIFT. Although we have a healthy mix of earned revenue and government grants the precarious reality of the independent arts impacts an organization like LIFT as well. If you have the means to donate – even just $10 – you will be helping LIFT serve the growing demand for educational and technical resources and continue to keep LIFT accessible to all artists!

Those interested can make a one-time or monthly donation via Canada Helps or by cheque (made payable to LIFT) sent to our mailing address (1137 Dupont Street, Toronto Ontario, M6H 2A3). We know not everyone has the means but if you are able to contribute it would be greatly appreciated! We are also equipped to receive Securities through Canada Helps. Interested in learning how? Just head to the Canada Helps website to learn more

If you wish to make a donation directly through LIFT, to establish an award for filmmakers, specifically support another part of the organization, donate securities or equipment please contact the LIFT office directly at 416.588.6444 Ext. 222 or e-mail director(at)

Thank you,
The LIFT Staff and Board of Directors


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LIFT is Canada's foremost artist-run production and trainning centre for those wishing to create media art. It is a custodian of equipment and specialized knowledge of the traditional film medium and an innovator in digital and new platforms. To ensure that emerging and established filmmakers have an opportunity to produce new work, LIFT offers a variety of programs (workshops, equipment rental, screenings, etc.) that empower filmmakers 

LIFT'S History

LIFT was incorporated in 1981 as a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the creation of independent film works. The organization began with 25 members and an annual budget of $1,800. The founding meetings were held at The Funnel, an art gallery, performance space and small-scale film distribution center erected as a reaction to the ambiguous state of the now defunct "Toronto Filmmakers Co-op". As a result of a wide-spread and diverse need for its services in the community, LIFT evolved into what it is today.


By 1983 LIFT provided 16mm production and post-production equipment to its members, primarily donated by York University and the National Film Board of Canada. In 1984, with 37 members LIFT hired part-time staff and began receiving development funding from the Arts Councils. The first LIFT newsletter was published in April 1985. By 1987 LIFT was producing a popular bi-monthly newsletter and had begun offering a regular workshop series. At this time LIFT was also successful in obtaining charitable status. From 1984 to 1995 LIFT operated out of 345 Adelaide Street West before moving to 171 East Liberty Street, which housed the organization until the summer of 2008. Since February 2009 LIFT has been based in a stand-alone facility at 1137 Dupont Street, rapidly becoming the key hub for film training and production on a local, national and international level.


LIFT is increasingly known both nationally and internationally as a film production centre with a level of equipment sophistication beyond any other in the world. On a local level the development of LIFT's workshop and educational programming is working to mentor new generations of artists in artist based film practices. Currently operating with six full-time staff the LIFT staff assist members' skill development and productions in an active and supportive manner.


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