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


LIFT Office and Store Closed for Canada Day – July 3

The LIFT office and store will be closed for the statutory holiday Canada Day on Monday, July 3, 2023. Staff will be available, as per our current COVID-19 closure protocol, starting back on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 10:00am ET.

LIFT co-presents “Local Heroes” at Inside Out

Thursday 1 June 2023, 18:45 to 20:45

September 10th by Tasneem Nanji . LIFT co-presents Local Heroes at 2023 Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer. In-Person: Thursday, June 1, 2023 Starts at 6:45 pm TIFF Bell Lightbox”… more

Call for Applications: BAICC International Artist Residency Program 2023 – Extended

Thursday 11 May 2023, 00:00 to 23:59

Call for Applications: BAICC International Artist Residency Program 2023 with LIFT, (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico and Acción Cultural Española-AC/E In 2017, the first International Artistic Residencies for Cinematographic Creation (BAICC), were launched, promoted by the (S8) International Peripheral Film Festival of A Coruña. This”… more

Screenwriters Circle – June 21

Wednesday 21 June 2023, 19:00 to 21:00

The LIFT Screenwriters Circle meets on the third Wednesday of each month*** to facilitate skill-sharing, supportive critique and moving member scripts from the page to the screen. You must be a current LIFT member to attend this group. No experience is necessary, just a passion for words and images and a dream to one day see them on screen. Through”… more

Stream Sessions from the Film Lab Gathering

In order to facilitate those who weren’t able to register or visit Toronto, we will be live-streaming the daily Community Discussion Sessions courtesy Please follow this link to watch online: The following will be live streamed (and available for re-viewing at a future time): FRIDAY MAY 26 Film Labs/ Introductions 11″… more

Employment Opportunities

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LIFT co-presents “Veranada” at Hot Docs

Thursday 27 April 2023, 00:00 to 00:00

. LIFT co-presents Veranada at the 2023 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Veranada Dir. Dominique Chaumont In-Person: Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 8:45pm TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4 350 King Street West Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:45am Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 7 259 Richmond Street West Streaming online: Streaming is only avai”… more

Artists Selected for Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project

LIFT ANNOUNCES ARTISTS SELECTED FOR TRANSFORMATIONS: A CROSS GENERATIONAL COMMISSIONING PROJECT Toronto, April 13, 2023—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary back in 2021 as an artist-run organization. This milestone presented the opportunity to create an intergenerational dialogue betwee”… more

Notice of May and June 2023 Closure During Film Labs Gathering

NOTICE OF MAY and JUNE 2023 CLOSURE DURING FILM LABS GATHERING Original: April 4, 2023 Revised: April 20, 2023 Due to the heavy technical needs of our Film Labs Gathering (May 25 – 30, 2023), the LIFT Technical Department will be closed to the LIFT membership and community at large from Friday, May 19, 2023 5:00pm ET and will reopen on Wednesday, J”… more

LIFT Office and Store Closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday – Apr 7 and Apr 10

The LIFT office and store operations will be closed for Good Friday on Friday April 7th, 2023, as well as Easter Monday on Monday, April 10th, 2023. Staff will be available, as per our current COVID-19 protocols, starting back on Tuesday, April 11th at 10:00AM ET.