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 in Toronto, Canada, taking place May 25 – 30, 2023. Our intention for this gathering is to create spaces and situations for artist-run labs, collectives, and filmmakers to share with and learn from each other through collaboration and conversation.

The theme of the gathering is Analogue Resilience. Analogue, to invoke the material qualities of the film medium, as well as an embodied way of working. Resilience, in reference to the continued vitality of this form of filmmaking; and to the community of people whom filmmaking survives through, who continue this practice in contexts and locations in which they encounter resistance.

The gathering will include demonstrations and discussion sessions divided into three sections: Organizational Issues, Techniques and Technologies, and Presentation. We are putting out a Call for Proposals to invite participants to suggest the topics and experiences they would like to discuss and the hands-on techniques they would like to learn or share. The purpose of this call is to enable us to collectively create a general structure for the gathering that reflects the interests of the international analogue filmmaking community. Both local and international proposals are welcome. Please note that we are not accepting proposals for stand alone screenings. This gathering is inspired by previous meetings of the Film Labs Network, more on this history here.

LIFT is committed to diversity in all its forms and will be looking at the proposals with an eye towards prioritizing inclusive topics and proposals from BIPOC and LGBTQIA filmmakers.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 by 5:00pm ET.

In full transparency, LIFT has the funds to host an event, but the size of the event and related travel funds, with specific regard to those who are not able to secure funding independently, will be contingent on future funding not yet obtained and may be a collaboration with the artist.

Proposals can be submitted at the following link:

General registration for the gathering will open at the beginning of the new year.

Questions can be emailed to:
LIFT Special Projects and Film Labs Gathering Coordinator Helen Lee at
Subject Heading: Call for Proposals: Analogue Resilience – A Film Labs Gathering

Submissions sent through Google Forms are preferred. However, if you would prefer to apply via physical mail for accessibility purposes, please mail applications to: ***
Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering
c/o Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
1137 Dupont Street
Toronto, Ontario M6H 2A3
*** Must reach the LIFT office before the deadline

Follow and engage with this event on social media #FilmLabsToronto2023 #AnalogueResilience

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Film Labs represent a unique way for filmmakers and artists working with celluloid film to have access to the tools of film production in a collectively organized context. At a time when the industry is gradually getting rid of both film and the means to process and print, these labs act as a breeding ground for filmic experimentation beyond any single genre.

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is Canada’s foremost artist-run production and education organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist residencies; and a variety of other services. LIFT is supported by its membership, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Foundation, the Government of Ontario and the Toronto Arts Council.


Tuesday 13 September 2022 – Tuesday 11 October 2022

Non-members: Free to apply
Members: Free to apply

Toronto Canada