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.


Apply or Renew

(Current as of March 1, 2021)
Before joining LIFT, we recommend reading our Statement of Inclusion.

For General Memberships only: you can now purchase or renew your General Membership online (with Paypal or Credit Card).

NOTE: During the closure due to COVID-19, only General Memberships are available for purchase online.

Please email if you have any membership inquiries.

$90.00 CND annually
A General Membership confers all membership benefits to an individual member except the ability to rent equipment or book facilitiesYou can apply and pay online with PayPal or Credit Card.
General Level Benefits:
– Receive weekly members’ ebulletin
– Ability to post unlimited for cast/crew calls for productions to which they are working on
– Ability to post unlimited for screening / broadcast notices for productions to which they have worked on
– Discount on LIFT seasonal workshops
– Discount on LIFT Store items
– Discount on admission to LIFT screenings and events
– Ability to attend the LIFT Screenwriting Circle
– Special rates on Personal Insurance through the Arts and Entertainment Plan through AFBS
– Discounts rates on various workshops and events with partner organizations (LIFTMembershipDiscounts_1Sep2021.pdf)

$175.00 CND annually (currently not available to purchase or renew)
General Level Benefits:
– All of the benefits of a General Level Membership
– Ability to rent production equipment and post-production facilities (currently suspended)

$175.00 CND annually for Level I
$275.00 CND annually for Level II

Those groups with a budget under $1,000,000 are Organization Level I, over $1,000,000 are Organization Level 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.
As per LIFT’s funding mandate, commercial enterprises, film/digital production companies and other for-profit groups are not eligible for organizational memberships.
Organizational Membership Benefits:
– Receive weekly members’ ebulletin
– Ability to post unlimited notices about organization’s events, calls for submissions, and/or employment opportunities
– Discount on LIFT seasonal workshops for organization’s staff members
– Discount on LIFT Store items
– Ability to rent production equipment and post-production facilities (currently suspended)

*** Update on LIFT Operations – August 2021 ***
*** NOTE: At this time we are not renting equipment. If you need to rent equipment, you may want to look at similar centres listed as part of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) or Ontario Creates’ Ontario Production Guide for equipment rental companies in the Greater Toronto Area.

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 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.