Call for Submissions: LIFT Seasonal Screening Series – Documentary


Toronto, March 1, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) will be launching a seasonal screening series that will highlight recently completed films made by our current members.

Each screening will focus on a specific form—documentary, narrative, experimental, music videos—and will offer artists and audiences a space to engage with new work and support their fellow peers. Each event will also feature a surprise film from LIFT’s history.

If you have a film you want to share in a relaxed setting of the festival circuit to get feedback from fellow creatives, this is the members’ event for you.

In April, we’ll be kicking things off with a look at documentaries on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Niagara Custom Lab (NCL). Located at 182A St. Helens Avenue (Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue), NCL is a full-service motion picture film laboratory, one of the last of a rare breed that focuses on providing the most complete and diverse post-production services available for celluloid.

– Must be a current LIFT member in good standing without any outstanding invoices
– Accepted genres: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental
– Commercials and PSAs cannot be submitted
– Work must have been completed as of 2014 or later
– Works in progress are also accepted
– Maximum running time is 15 minutes (including credits)
– Work may be shot in either film or video/digital

On the night of we’ll be equipped to screen Super 8mm and 16mm as well as digital files. To be considered please submit a preview link for us to view. If the work has not been digitized, you may submit a reel or sample of your work that demonstrates your style (maximum 15 minutes).

As screening time is limited not every film submitted will be selected. Unselected films will remain in consideration for future events.

Artist fees will be paid.

To apply:
Fill out the application form via the Google Docs form for the documentary screening on April 24:

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:00pm EST

Should you have additional questions, please contact Development Coordinator Cayley James at
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About the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
LIFT is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. 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. Founded in 1981 by a small collective, LIFT has since grown to become one of the foremost centres of its kind globally.


Friday 1 March 2019 –

Non-members: Free to apply (members only)
Members: Free to apply (members only)

Niagara Custom Lab 
182A St. Helens Avenue 
Toronto Canada