LIFT Announces Fall 2021 Industry Panels


Toronto, September 1, 2021—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce the return of LIFT’s free industry panels this fall season. Registration opens Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00am ET.

Mark your calendar, register online and get ready to tune in online via Zoom on the following days to engage with an exciting line-up of industry perspectives.

COVID-19 Production Protocols
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm ET
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Are you looking to shoot your next film, but unsure of the necessary on-set protocols for your cast and crew, equipment rentals, location permits, insurance details, medical requirements and available resources? Here is an excellent opportunity to join a panel of industry professionals as they discuss how film productions are working and keeping safe during and in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Panelists include Kate Allen of the City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Digital Media Office, Stephen Bortolon of Gallagher Insurance, and Tereza Olivero of ACTRA Toronto. Moderated by Coral Aiken of Aiken Heart Films.

Independent Filmmakers and Agency Representation
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
1:00pm – 2:30pm ET
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Interested in learning the ins and outs of getting an agent? This panel will explore the range of representation available for independent filmmakers from Canadian agencies as well as how agents work with the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). It is important to have champions for emerging talent throughout the film industry to aid in the building of a more inclusive landscape. This panel will focus on agencies that are doing that work. Panelists will be sharing information on processes, contractual agreements and success stories as they work to galvanize the importance of empowering diverse key production creatives in a changing industry.

Jennifer Irons of Meta Talent Agency, Courtenay Bainbridge of Meridian Artists, and Cynthia Clayton of the Directors Guild of Canada.
Moderated by Coral Aiken of Aiken Heart Films.

Any questions about these panels can be directed to Development Coordinator Cayley James at



Starting: Wednesday 29 September 2021 13:00

Non Members: Free

Members: Free

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto