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:



Saturday, June 2, 2012 (All day)
Seven Indigenous youth were invited to create short Super 8 films. Participants worked with mentor filmmakers John Hupfield, Amanda Strong and Miles Turner to write, direct, shoot and edit a short film on Super 8mm film and edited with Final Cut provided by LIFT. Workshops took place over the...
Thursday, May 3, 2012 (All day)
LIFT provided production equipment over two months for the Luminato's 2012 project. Inspired by The Encampment, elementary school students collaborated with artists Thom Sokoloski and Jenny-Anne McCowan and project facilitators to create their own 'mini-Encampment' story mapping ...
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:00am
 Call for Indigenous Youth Participants for the Indigenous RoutesInteractive Documentary ProjectToronto, June and July 2012 The Indigenous Routes Collective is seeking applicants for an eight-week new media project taking place in Toronto this summer. Six Indigenous youth will be selected...
Monday, November 21, 2011 (All day)
U SHIFT 2.0 is the second installment of a free filmmaking program for youth, exploring self-expression and issues of social justice. Participants worked with support from LIFT facilities and professional filmmakers to create a high-quality film. The Shift The SHIFT is a Youth Film and...
Saturday, November 26, 2011 (All day)
The Indigenous Youth Arts Showcase in Toronto, Canada featured young Indigenous artists working in visual and media arts. Fifteen visual artists and fifteen media artists under the age of 29 presented work in this day-long event. The showcase had a spotlight on 7th Gen Alumni artists. LIFT assisted...
Monday, October 31, 2011 (All day)
LIFT sponsored Eco Economic Form screening on expanding conceptions of environmental innovation and cooperation with equipment and technical support. 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 (All day)
Parkdale Young Writers ran Acting in Front of the Camera, a workshop where youth had an opportunity to complete short film works. LIFT supported the project with equipment sponsorship and membership. Parkdale Young WritersThe Parkdale Young Writers are a free writing group for 18-29 year-olds...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (All day)
Workman Arts members experienced each of the key roles on a film shoot over the length of this six week course.  Each week participants assumed a different role - Director, Assistant Director, Videographer, Sound Recordist, Art Director, and Grip. The objectives of this course was to...
Monday, January 24, 2011 (All day)
 LIFT hosted students from York University’s undergraduate experimental class and graduate film programs in several handprocessing workshops. 
Friday, September 30, 2011 (All day)
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 2011.   7th Generation Image Makers7th Generation...