This is the chronological compendium of LIFT news posts from all of our departments; most recent first.


Shadows and Light: Six Film Portraits from LIFT members, 1981-2001

Thursday 13 January 2022, 11:00 to 23:59

Do Nothing by Ruba Nadda Toronto, January 13, 2022—In April of 2021, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) marked our 40th anniversary. It was a quiet celebration during a tumultuous pandemic year. But since then we have been looking back and taking stock of the LIFT’s legacy as a resource and community hub for the filmmakers who”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 17th annual Mentorship Program

Monday 10 January 2022, 00:00 to 00:00

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2022 ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Call for applicants in Toronto Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? Application Deadline: Monday, February 7, 2022 Celebrating 17 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmma”… more

Updates on LIFT Operations – January 2022

UPDATES ON LIFT OPERATIONS: JANUARY 2022 January 4, 2022 Dear Members and Community, The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto will begin the year at a reduced capacity through to the end of January due to the Ontario Government’s action of Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of the COVID-19 Roadmap announced yesterday on Monday, January”… more

LIFT Production and Post-Production Support Grant 2022

Photo Credit: Member Richard B. Pierre and  shooting his documentary, “What Are You?” with LIFT’s RED Epic Mysterium-X Camera Package. “What Are You” was a recipient of a 2016 Production and Post-Production Support Grant. .   December 13, 2021 Revised January 14, 2022 LIFT PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION SUPPORT GRANT 2022 Extended Deadline: Monday,”… more

Winter 2022 Workshops and Courses Now Online!

We are happy to announce our Winter 2022 workshops, and will be hosting a hybrid season. Both in-person and online workshops (delivered via Zoom), will be taught by our experienced roster of industry instructors. Registration opens Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10AM ET and continues until workshops are full. Please stay updated on added workshops by”… more

LIFT Workshop Bursary Program – Winter 2022

December 6, 2021 Since the onslaught of the pandemic the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) has been working to ensure that our programming remains accessible to our wider community. In an effort to provide further financial accessibility for those interested in learning about the art of filmmaking, we will be piloting a Workshop B”… more

Office and Store Holiday Closure – December 2021

December 9, 2021 LIFT will be closing on Monday, December 20, 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 10:00am ET. FRIDAY DECEMBER 17 IS THE LAST DAY THE OFFICE AND STORE WILL BE OPEN IN 2021. IMPORTANT NOTE: Online Store orders must be received by 5:00pm ET on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 and will be shipped via Canada Post on December”… more

Updates on LIFT Operations – November 2021

UPDATES ON LIFT OPERATIONS: NOVEMBER 2021 November 3, 2021 Dear LIFT Community, Thank you for your patience as we work towards creating a safer environment in order to access LIFT rentals, facilities and resources. We are looking forward to restarting our equipment rentals to members shortly and soon after that, re-opening our facilities to members”… more

LIFT Welcomes New Staff – October 2021

(L) Yixun Zhang and (R) Robin Riad October 14, 2021 Welcome to New Technical Staff The staff of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) would like to welcome our new Technical Administrator Yixun Zhang and our new Technical Coordinator Robin Riad to the team. They both join current Technical Coordinator Karl Reinsalu in the Technica”… more

LIFT Office and Store Closed for Thanksgiving Day – Oct 11

The LIFT office and store will be closed for Thanksgiving Day on Monday, October 11th, 2021. LIFT will be back in operation, as per our current COVID-19 access, on Tuesday, October 12th at 10:00AM ET.