Donate in Support of Contemporary Film

This June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, where each dollar donated through CanadaHelps from the 1st to the 30th of June, will enter the charity of your choice to win $20,000. 

With a one-time or monthly donation, for as little as $3.00, you’ll be helping the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) get that much closer to the jackpot! For those interested in supporting us  you can make a contribution through the form below or head to our charity page on CanadaHelps.

Donate by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday June 30th to enter LIFT to win $20,000! 

You might be wondering what LIFT would be able to do with $20,000?

It would allow for:

  • 10 artist Production and Post-Production grants with in-kind and cash support
  • 5 more years of the Josephine Massarella Artist Award
  • Another year of the LIFT Filmmentor Program for 3 mentees and 3 mentors

Whether or not we win on July 1st you can rest assured that your donations will be supporting the independent artists that need it most. Help spread the word by using #GivingChallengeCA to join the conversation on social media.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch with 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.