Equipment and Facility Rentals

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Nov 18—LIFT’s November 2022 Protocols and December Closure:
LIFT’s facility will be closing on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 5:00pm ET and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 10:00am ET.
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LIFT provides affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment for non-commercial film, video and new media projects. LIFT’s equipment rental program strives to make otherwise expensive production resources accessible to the broadest pool of media makers. Equipment rentals are available to all production and organizational members in good standing.

Before joining LIFT, we recommend reading our Statement of Inclusion and Code of Conduct.

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Equipment pick-ups: 14:00 – 17:00 (2:00pm – 5:00pm) Day before shooting date
Equipment returns: 10:00 – 12:00 (10:00am – 12:00pm) Day after shooting date

LIFT does not allow returns/pickups on weekends or holidays.

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RENTALS FAQ: 

What is your rental policy? Do I need to sign it every time I make a booking? 

The rental policy is a document that outlines all of the Tech Department’s parameters and guidelines. We strongly advise Production and Production Student Members read the rental policy as it has recently changed. Every time you book equipment or facilities with LIFT, you will have to read and sign the rental policy. The rental policy must be signed and payment must be made before equipment is released.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member, and I made a booking. However, I can’t make it to my booking. Can someone else pick up/drop off on my behalf? 

Yes. However, the designated pickup person must be identified before equipment is released, and they must bring valid Photo ID for pickup. For more information on Photo ID accepted at LIFT, please read our rental policy. The rental policy must be electronically signed by the Production/Production Student Member, and payment must be made, before the equipment is released.

I’m not a member, but I’d like to rent equipment/book a facility. Can I make a booking?

LIFT does not rent equipment or facilities to non-members. LIFT only rents equipment and facilities to Production Members and Production Student Members in good standing.

I’m a General Member, and I’d like to rent equipment/book a facility. Can I make a booking? 

LIFT does not rent equipment or facilities to General Members. General Members perks are outlined here.

How do I become a Production/Production Student Member? How do I renew my Production/Production Student Membership? 

To apply and/or renew, please click here. 

How long does it take to become a Production/Production Student Member? 

It can take up to 10 business days to process your membership.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member that’s working on a commercial/non-independent production. Can I rent gear from LIFT? 

No. If you are working on a commercial or non-independent production we recommend you contact one or more of Toronto’s great commercial rental houses for assistance. For commercial rental houses and other service providers please see the Ontario Creates’ Production Guide.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member. What should I do if I want to book equipment?

To book equipment, please reach out to the Tech Department at tech@lift.on.ca . Please send a list with the items you need, along with your desired rental period.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member who has never rented gear from LIFT before. What do I need to do? 

If you are a member that has not rented equipment from LIFT before, it is strongly advised that you read our rental policy before making a booking. Please use side entrance on Gladstone Avenue for pick-ups and drop offs. Please bring valid Photo ID with you. For more information on Photo ID accepted at LIFT, please read our rental policy.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member and I wanted to book gear, but the gear I need requires a proficiency test. What is the proficiency test?

Proficiency tests are a way to ensure that the gear is going to be handled safely so all Production and Production Student Members can benefit from the gear. To read more about the proficiency tests, click here.

Do I need to credit LIFT in my work?

The use of LIFT equipment and facilities constitutes a form of production assistance to the filmmaker by LIFT, and as such LIFT must be fully acknowledged and credited in the title and/or credit sequence of any film, video, or new media production receiving such assistance. LIFT logos are available here.

I’m a Production/Production Student Member, and I want to use a specific piece of equipment, but I’ve never used it before. What can I do?

Custom workshops for individuals may be available on request. For custom workshops, fill out this form and the Education Department will follow up with you. Please allow 4 to 8 weeks to set-up custom workshops.

You can also contact the tech department for a Technical Consultation. Technical Consultations are $50.00 per hour, up to one (1) hour maximum.

Do you sell film and supplies? 

The LIFT Store carries a wide variety of film stocks (specializing in Regular 8, Super 8 and 16mm) and supplies for all formats at economical rates. The LIFT Store is available to the general public, non-member rates apply to all public sales.

I have more questions about membership. Who should I reach out to?

For more questions/concerns, please reach out to our Membership Department at membership@lift.on.ca

I have more questions about equipment rentals/facilities booking/LIFT store. Who do I reach out to? 

For more questions/concerns, please reach out to our Tech Department at tech@lift.on.ca