Programming

Displayed here is a partial list of LIFT programming and co-presentations going back to 2004. Entries are sorted by date, with the most recent first. The sub-menu provides a quick view of each program offered by LIFT and our calls for submissions.

 

Screenwriters Circle – February 15

Wednesday 15 February 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 mo”… more

LIFT co-presents Rhayne Vermette at Media City

Monday 9 January 2023 – Monday 30 January 2023

Domus by Rhayne Vermette Media City Film Festival presents THOUSANDSUNS CINEMA: Indigenous Edition virtual January 9 – 30, 2023 LIFT is proud to co-present the works of Rhayne Vermette at THOUSANDSUNS CINEMA. All films in the program will stream for FREE on MCFF’s website at https://mediacityfilmfestival.com/thousandsuns/rhayne-vermette THOUSANDSUN”… more

LIFT announces the 2018 Roberto Ariganello National Resident – Malena Szlam

Monday 21 November 2022 – Thursday 15 December 2022

LIFT ANNOUNCES THE 2018 WINNER OF THE ROBERTO ARIGANELLO AWARD: MALENA SZLAM Toronto, December 15, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Montréal filmmaker Malena Szlam was in town to work on her project that was selected as the second recipient of the Roberto Ariganello Award. The award honours th”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 18th annual Mentorship Program – Final Extension

Tuesday 13 December 2022 – Friday 10 February 2023

December 13, 2022 Revised February 3, 2023   LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2023 ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Call for applicants in Toronto Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? The LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmmaking through the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto”… more

Screening with Visiting Artist Matti Harju

Monday 28 November 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

ALIENS AND AFTERLIFES: SCREENING WITH VISITING ARTIST MATTI HARJU Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM. Finnish filmmaker Matti Harju joins us on Monday, November 28, 2022 to present a screening of his cinemawork. This screening complements his residency as the third resident in LIFT’s collaboration w”… more

LIFT co-presents “Fox In A Hole” at European Union Film Festival

Sunday 20 November 2022 – Friday 25 November 2022

LIFT co-presents “Fox In A Hole” at the 2022 European Union Film Festival “Fox In A Hole” Directed by Arman T. Riahi 2022 | Austria | 105 minutes In German and Bosnian with English subtitles. Set in a juvenile correctional facility, Fox in a Hole revolves around teacher Hannes Fuchs (Aleksandar Petrović), newly assigned to work at its school for tr”… more

LIFT co-presents “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” at Rendezvous With Madness

Thursday 27 October 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2022

LIFT co-presents “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” at the 2022 Rendezvous With Madness Festival “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” Directed by Lina Rodríguez 2022 | Canada | 68 minutes | Spanish with English subtitles In “My Two Voices,” Canadian director Lina Rodriguez paints a lyrical and truly unique portrait of what it means to be an immigrant and h”… more

LIFT announces Finnish Visiting Artist Matti Harju

Friday 9 September 2022 – Thursday 1 December 2022

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES FINNISH VISITING ARTIST MATTI HARJU Toronto, October 17, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Matti Harju has joined us from Kouvola, Finland as a visiting artist from September 9 to December 1, 2022 as the third resident in the res”… more

LIFT co-presents  “Geographies of Solitude” at Planet in Focus

Sunday 16 October 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

LIFT co-presents “Geographies of Solitude” at the 2022 Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival “Geographies of Solitude” Directed by Jacquelyn Mills Country: Canada Length: 1:03:00 “Geographies of Solitude” is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived ov”… more

LIFT and Archive/Counter-Archive co-presents at World Audiovisual Heritage Week

Thursday 27 October 2022 – Saturday 5 November 2022

Origines by Nadine Valcin LIFT AND ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVE CO-PRESENTS AT WORLD AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE WEEK Curated and organized by Cayley James and Helen Lee. The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Archive/Counter-Archive are partnering to bring together an in-person screening and panel event to celebrate the 2022 UNESCO World”… more

Screening with 2022 BAICC Resident Álvaro Feldman

Thursday 13 October 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

SUPER 8MM FILM SCREENING WITH 2022 BAICC RESIDENT ÁLVARO FELDMAN Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM Thursday, October 13, 2022 Starts at 7:00pm PIX FILM Gallery 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C Pay-What-You-Can Admission Álvaro Feldman is a filmmaker and the current resident in the sixth edition of the”… more

LIFT announces the 2022 BAICC Resident – Álvaro Feldman

Tuesday 6 September 2022 – Sunday 16 October 2022

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES THE 2022 BAICC RESIDENT ÁLVARO FELDMAN Toronto, September 29, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome Spanish filmmaker Álvaro Feldman as the current resident in the sixth edition of the BAICC Residencias Artísticas Internacionales de Creaci”… more

Call for Proposals: Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering

Tuesday 13 September 2022 – Tuesday 11 October 2022

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PROPOSALS ANALOGUE RESILIENCE: A FILM LABS GATHERING May 25 – 30, 2023 in Toronto, Canada Toronto, September 13, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is excited to announce that we will be hosting a gathering of analogue film labs and filmmakers here”… more

Performance with Visiting Artist Britt Al-Busultan

Wednesday 14 September 2022, 19:00 to 20:00

PIX Film is pleased to present a performance with Visiting Britt Al-Busultan Britt Al-Busultan in person Britt-Al-Busultan, artist in residency at LIFT, will be presenting a 2 x 16mm film projector performance “Razzle Dazzle” at PIX FILM Gallery with sound accompaniment by Ben Rositsan. Details: https://www.pixfilmcollective.com/events/razzle-dazzl”… more

Call for Submissions: Josephine Massarella Artist Award 2022


THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE JOSEPHINE MASSARELLA ARTIST AWARD 2022 Toronto, August 15, 2022—In June of 2018 the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) longtime member Josephine Massarella passed away after a short illness. https://lift.ca/news-post/remembering-josephi”… more

LIFT co-presents “Where Do We Go From Here?” at the8Fest

Friday 5 August 2022 – Monday 11 July 2022

LIFT and the CFMDC co-presents “Where Do We Go From Here?” 15 Years of CFMDC and LIFT at the 8fest Curated by Jesse Brossoit from Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and Cayley James from the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). Online and On-Demand August 5 – 11, 2022 at https://the8fest.com Presenting films by Alexandr”… more

LIFT announces Finnish Visiting Artist Britt Al-Busultan

Wednesday 20 July 2022 – Thursday 15 September 2022

LIFT ANNOUNCES FINNISH VISITING ARTIST BRITT AL-BUSULTAN Toronto, July 20, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Britt Al-Busultan has joined us from Vaasa, Finland as a visiting artist from June 22 to September 15, 2022 as the second resident in the residency program for alumni of the Academy of F”… more

Call for Proposals: Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project – Deadline Extended

Monday 11 July 2022 – Monday 15 August 2022

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES 2022 CALL FOR PROPOSALS TRANSFORMATIONS: A CROSS GENERATIONAL COMMISSIONING PROJECT Toronto, July 11, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as an artist-run organization. The city has changed significantly over those f”… more

LIFT co-presents “Blue II” at Images Festival

Sunday 17 July 2022, 14:00 to 20:00

Petal to the Metal by Emily Pelstring LIFT co-presents “Blue II” Shorts Programme at 2022 Images Festival: Slow Edition This program is part of the “suite ok to rest” curated by Jaclyn Quaresma. Sunday, July 17, 2022 Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue Presented with Closed Captions at 2PM Presented with Creative Audio Description at 4PM Presented with”… more

LIFT co-presents Vector Festival: Glitch

Thursday 14 July 2022 – Sunday 24 July 2022

LIFT is community sponsor of the Vector Festival 2022: Glitch Vector Festival 2022: Glitch July 14 – 24, 2022 A glitch is a mistake, an error, a failure, a malfunction—it’s the machine telling us that something inside it has gone wrong. Machines are designed to, and expected to, work perfectly. However, even the most powerful technologies can be qu”… more