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 – Oct 21

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 19:00

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 “Shorts Programme 1” at the Toronto Arab Film

Saturday 25 July 2020, 16:00 to 19:00

We Were There by Rodrigue Hammal LIFT co-presents Shorts Programme 1 at Toronto Arab Film 2020 Programme: “In Uncle Salem Country” by Slim Belhiba “The Old Kalbelouz” by Imène Ayadi “So Dear, So Lovely” by Diana Allen “Abdullah and Leilah” by Ashtar AL Khirsan “We Were There” by Rodrigue Hammal “The Sparrow” by Nasri Hajaj

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2020 Mentorship Announcement

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 00:00

2020 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Tim Myles Toronto, June 16, 2020—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Tim Myles is the recipient of the 16th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. Tim is a Mi’kmaq artist originally from”… more

LIFT co-presents “Judy Versus Capitalism” at Hot Docs

Thursday 28 May 2020, 00:00

LIFT co-presents Judy Versus Capitalism at the 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Judy Versus Capitalism Dir. Mike Hoolboom Available to stream May 28 to June 6, 2020 Judy Rebick has always lent her voice to those who need to be heard. Since the 1970s, she’s been a vocal advocate for a more progressive Canada. A second-wave f”… more

LIFT Supported Call for Submissions: PIX FILM Studio Immersion Program 2020

Saturday 9 May 2020, 10:00

LIFT SUPPORTED CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS PIX FILM STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM 2020 TORONTO, May 9, 2020—The PIX FILM Collective is now accepting applications for the next 2020 Studio Immersion Program. This will expand upon the theme of Hybrid Models of Filmmaking. We are seeking applications from International and Canadian artists to re-think, research an”… more

LIFT announces the 2020 BAICC Resident – Valentina Alvarado Matos

Monday 3 February 2020, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES 2020 BAICC RESIDENT VALENTINA ALVARADO MATOS Toronto, February 12, 2020—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome Venezuelan filmmaker Valentina Alvarado Matos as the current resident in the third edition of the BAICC Residencias Artísticas Internacionales de Creacion Cinematográfica, a collaborati”… more

LIFT co-presents “Bageroo Thirteen! Volume 3” program at the 8 Fest

Sunday 26 January 2020, 19:00

Study of Color and Gesture by Tetsuya Maruyama LIFT co-presents Bageroo Thirteen! Volume 3 at the 8 Fest 2020 This is a fun one! Our programming team had a really great time assembling this spooky program filled with the most curious works! Programme: “The Big Country [Nothing But] Flowers” by Tess Eliott “Clouds” by Jeffrey Mann “A Really Bad Film”… more

EXTENDED // Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 16th annual Mentorship Program

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 16th ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: CALL FOR APPLICANTS Extended Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020 Toronto, December 17, 2019—Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? Celebrating 16 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explo”… more

Fall 2019 Studio Immersion Program – Artist Talk: Andrew Lennox

Friday 20 December 2019, 19:00 to 21:00

FALL 2019 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM ARTIST TALK: ANDREW LENNOX As an artist in the PIX FILM/LIFT Studio Immersion Program, Andrew Lennox has worked in a new project using archival images (government/public domain sources) of the development of West Toronto, over the last 100+ years, as its source material. In addition, he is photographing and using”… more

Artist Talk with Visiting Artist Milja Viita

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 19:00 to 21:00

35mm still from “Department of Film Pathology” (work in progress) by Milja Viita  The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Visiting Artist Milja Viita Milja Viita in person On Wednesday December 11 at 7:00pm at LIFT (1137 Dupont Street), Milja Viita will present an artist talk of her work and”… more

LIFT co-presents “Our Dance of Revolution” at Regent Park Film Festival

Friday 22 November 2019, 21:00

  Our Dance of Revolution by Phillip Pike LIFT co-presents “Our Dance of Revolution” at the 2019 Regent Park Film Festival Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.

LIFT co-presents “Lada Kamenski” at European Union Film Festival

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 18:00

Lada Kamenski by Sara Hribar, Marko Šantić  LIFT co-presents “Lada Kamenski” at the 2019 European Union Film Festival Frano, a young director, is preparing his debut feature. In order to cast the star of the film, he invites three actresses to an informal reading rehearsal in his apartment. Once they realise they are competing for the same role, th”… more

LIFT co-presents “Irene’s Ghost” at Rendezvous with Madness

Saturday 19 October 2019, 20:30

Irene’s Ghost by Iain Cunningham LIFT co-presents “Irene’s Ghost” at the 2019 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival Irene’s Ghost is a stunning 6-years-in-the-making documentary that follows a son’s search to find out about the mother he never knew. Cunningham breaks the silence and tracks down his mother’s friends and family to rebuild a picture o”… more

LIFT announces Finnish Visiting Artist Milja Viita

Tuesday 1 October 2019, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES FINNISH VISITING ARTIST MILJA VIITA Toronto, October 16, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Milja Viita has joined us from Helsinki as a visiting artist from October 1 to December 20, 2019 as the inaugural resident in a residency program for alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts of t”… more

LIFT co-presents Teo Hernández’s Films

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 19:00

Nuestra señora de Paris by Teo Hernández ad hoc experimental film collective #22 Teo Hernández’s Films presented by curator Andreas Anciras (Mexico), in person Co-presented with PIX FILM Gallery, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Le Labo Centre for Francophone Media Arts of Toronto. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00pm PIX F”… more

LIFT announces Mexican Visiting Artist Manuela de Laborde

Tuesday 1 October 2019, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES MEXICAN VISITING ARTIST MANUELA DE LABORDE Toronto, October 15, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Manuela de Laborde has joined us from Mexico City as a visiting artist from October 1 to November 1, 2019 to work on completing Ficciones, a new film that she is making for the 66th”… more

LIFT Seasonal Screening Series: Narrative

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 19:00

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to present the 2019 Seasonal Screening Series: Narrative Toronto, September 24, 2019—Member screenings have been an essential part of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s nearly forty-year history. From screenings at the defunct experimental cinema The Funnel in the 19″… more

LIFT co-presents “Finding the Path / Encontrando el Camino – Latin American Short Films” Program at aluCine

Saturday 5 October 2019, 19:00

Arcangel by Angeles Cruz LIFT co-presents “Finding the Path / Encontrando el Camino – Latin American Short Films” at the 2019 aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival. Program: Los Ausentes | The Absents, José Lomas Hervert Guaxuma, Nara Normande La Herencia del Viento | Wind’s Heritage, by Alejandra Retana, César Camacho, César Hernández Free Fall”… more

LIFT Supported Artist Commission: Tout-Monde: Markham

Saturday 14 September 2019, 00:00

LIFT Member Alice Shin working on her project Signal Fire with LIFT’s RED Epic Mysterium-X Camera Package. LIFT Supported Commissioning Project: Tout-Monde: Markham Runs September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Main Gallery 216 Main Street Unionville, Unionville Artists: Andrew C”… more

Andrew Lennox – Fall 2019 Studio Immersion Program

Wednesday 28 August 2019, 00:00

LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCES THE SECOND RESIDENT IN THE 2019 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM—ANDREW LENNOX Toronto, August 28, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM are pleased to announce that local Toronto-based filmmaker Andrew Lennox will be in residence as our second resident in the 2019 edition of the Studio Immers”… more