The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is a one of a kind artist run organization that exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers, artists, curators and exhibitors. For more than thirty years LIFT has been an essential resource for those looking to learn and share from like-minded artists and experienced instructors.
Our memberships are designed for people at all levels of their careers and abilities. Whether you’re looking to work with digital or analog LIFT has what you’re looking for. The benefits extend far beyond equipment and classes too. All General, Production and Student members are eligible for discounts with our current partner organizations (see PDF at the bottom of the page).
Annual Membership fees go a long way. They are instrumental in supporting outreach programs, keeping our shop stocked with the newest gear, and ensuring that we can best serve our member base.
All memberships are annual and expire one year to the end of the month in which they were subscribed. Memberships are based on a calendar month.
NOTE: Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
NOTE: Same-day renting is not available. Please read through the entire application form
Apply or Renew
(Current as of March 13, 2020)
Before joining LIFT, we recommend reading our Statement of Inclusion.
For General Memberships only: you can now purchase or renew your Genaral Membeship online (with Paypal or Credit Card).
NOTE: During the closure due to COVID-19, only General Memberships are available for purchase online.
Production Memberships will not be available until mid-September 2020. Please check back at that time.
1. General Membership
A General Membership confers all membership benefits to an individual member except the ability to rent equipment or book facilities. To rent equipment and book facilities General Members must upgrade to the Production Membership to do so (please note: when upgrading you will still expire at your original expiry date). To upgrade from a General to a Production member you must provide references and further information and pay an additional fee of $85.00. Thereafter, maintenance of the Production Membership is an annual $175.00 membership fee.
You can apply and pay online with PayPal or Credit Card (General Memberships only)
2. Production Membership
References are required for this membership level,please allow ten (10) business days for processing.
NOTE: If you need to rent equipment with-in 10 business days, you may want to look at similar centres listed as part of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) or Ontario Creates (formerly the Ontario Media Development Corporation) for equipment rental companies in the Greater Toronto Area.
3. Student Membership
LIFT’s Student Memberships are available for students enrolled in at least a part-time course load any at Canadian post-secondary learning institution (public or private). Students enrolled in non-film/media programs are also eligible for this membership. A letter of registration (email PDF) or a screen capture of your current student enrollment online will be required and mandatory before a Student Membership can be issued.
References are required for this membership level, please allow ten (10) business days for processing.
4 & 5. Organisational Memberships (I & II)
Those groups with a budget under $1,000,000 are Organisation I, over $1,000,000 are Organisation II.
This level is available for artist-run centers, festivals, art galleries, arts education and training institutions, and other non-profit or charitable organizations. Proof of non-profit or charitable status is required. Unincorporated collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis that receive funding (from one of the three level of Arts Councils) for project grants are also eligible to apply.
*** Any staff of the organization must join as an individual member to rent equipment and facilities for personal projects. All rentals for events must be publicized on organization’s website and social media. ***
As per LIFT’s funding mandate, commercial enterprises, film/digital production companies and other for-profit groups are not eligible for organizational memberships.
6. Visiting Artist Membership
LIFT provides rentals access at Production Member rates to visiting artists from other regions of Canada (outside the Greater Toronto Area), who are current members, in good standing, of an Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) member production centre (distribution and presentation centres excluded) Make sure to select ‘Production’ in the Activity Type to view current list of approved centres.
No other LIFT membership benefits are accessible with the LIFT Visiting Artists Membership.
Visiting artist memberships are valid for the duration of your rental, up to a maximum of eight (8) weeks per calendar year. Confirmation of membership level, good standing and a positive reference from your local centre is required prior to extending LIFT rental privileges. (See application form). Once a rental period is completed, any future rentals will require re-application.
7. International Membership
This level is only available for individual artists living outside of Canada and on a month-to-month basis. It is recommended to allow at least two (2) weeks for International Memberships to be set-up.
– Must provide two (2) letters of reference from work related colleagues (letters must be dated within 6 months of membership application)
– After the online form has been completed you can mail the reference letters to email@example.com
Note: Approval of LIFT International Membership cannot be used to support any immigration or Canadian Visa application.
POSTING IN THE E-BULLETIN
Listings are free for Members and the listing will be featured in our weekly members-only bulletin. Non-members can post as well but for a fee of $10.00 per post. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By LIFT: Membership will be suspended by LIFT if any bills go unpaid for longer than 90 days, or if any bills go unpaid larger than $300. During a suspension due to overdue payments membership expiry does not change.
By Member: Membership can be suspended voluntarily for one period (up to a maximum of 6 months) during each one year membership term. After the 6 months, the membership will be automatically reinstated by the Deputy Director. A formal written request must be sent at least 2 weeks in advance of the start of the suspension. If a member suspends membership they will not have access to any membership benefits during the period of the suspension. Upon the reinstatement of membership the member will carry all benefits to their original expiry date plus the number of months membership was suspended.
PDF of LIFT Membership Discounts: