Donate in Support of Contemporary Film


View Campaign Video on Vimeo: LIFT: Excellence In the Moving Image Since 1981

Those interested in supporting LIFT can make a one-time or monthly donation via Canada Helps, please check out the form below.

Cheques are also acceptable (made payable to Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) and can be sent to 1137 Dupont St, Toronto ON M6H 2A3. LIFT is 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 establish an award for filmmakers or support a specific area of the organization please email Development Coordinator Cayley James at


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.