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 8 weeks for an evaluation of your proposal, depending on its complexity and current workload.

IMPORTANT: Support letters from LIFT for organization grant applications will not be provided until a contract regarding the proposed project has been approved and signed by both parties.
Inquiries can be sent to outreach(at)


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.
Donate to LIFT Community and Youth Initiatives at:



Monday, January 14, 2019 (All day)
   Mentees: Nariman Ansari, Hussam Douhna and Maria Paz Ramirez Larrain    LIFT WELCOMES THE PARTICIPANTSOF THE NEWCOMER FILMMENTOR PROGRAM 2019 Toronto, January 14, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome three newcomer...
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 10:00am
   CALL FOR APPLICANTS:LIFT NEWCOMER FILMMENTOR 2019  Toronto, October 2, 2018— Are you a newcomer or refugee emerging filmmaker living in or near the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)? Are you looking to develop specific film-related skills or complete a project? The Liaison...
Friday, August 10, 2018 (All day)
 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TIBETAN YOUTH FILMMENTOR Toronto, August 10, 2018—Made in Exile is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Tibetan Youth Filmmentor in partnership with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). We will be offering a series of workshops...
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (All day)
    LIFT, INNIS COLLEGE and CINEMA STUDIES INSTITUTEANNOUNCE INAUGURAL MENTORSHIP RECIPIENT  Toronto, October 18, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Innis College, and the Cinema Studies Institute (CSI) are pleased to announce that He Xu is...
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (All day)
 December 20, 2017    CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS:FILM FOR ARTISTS: SITE + CYCLE 201816mm Filmmaking Residency    Anima Casa Rural, San Isidro Mazatepec, Jalisco, Mexico | | julian@...
Friday, September 29, 2017 (All day)
 Top Row: Wais Amiree, Writing Instructor Kinana Issa, Ramzi Alkaysi and Gursimran DatlaBottom Row: Salva Honarjou, Reeda Tariq and Amber Williams-King  LIFT WELCOMES THE PARTICIPANTSOF THE NEWCOMER FILMMENTOR PROGRAM  Toronto, October 3, 2017—The staff at the Liaison of...
Thursday, October 12, 2017 (All day)
  Prep for Roger D. Wilson's Summer 2016 workshop Creating Organic Developers Recipes at LIFT.   THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT)
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:00am
      CALL FOR APPLICANTS:LIFT, INNIS COLLEGE and CINEMA STUDIES INSTITUTE’sINAUGURAL FILMMAKING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Toronto, August 2, 2017—Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film? In an effort to foster independent filmmaking, the Liaison of Independent...
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00am
  Participants and facilitators from LIFT's Syrian Youth Filmmentor  CALL FOR APPLICANTS:LIFT NEWCOMER FILMMENTOR  Toronto, August 10, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce the call for applications for Newcomer Filmmentor. LIFT...
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am
   LIFT Touring Workshop with Ed Video Media Arts Centre:Filming Dance: Movement on Film Workshop:Saturday, July 8, 201710am - 6pmEd Video Media Arts Centre404 York RoadGuelph, Ontario  Cost: $100.00 + HSTPre-registration and payment in full is required: angus(at)