Call for Submissions: National Artist Residency 2018 – Extended

Roberto Ariganello at the Latvian House, 2001. (Photo Credit: Anya Chibisova)


Toronto, August 14, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is announcing the second annual ROBERTO ARIGANELLO NATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY. We are seeking applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents living outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to apply for a 4 – 6 week individual production residency to take place in 2018. Building on our successful International Artist-in-Residence program and our local Members’ Production Grants, the National Residency is a way to reach out to Canadian artists who want to access the wealth of resources LIFT has available. It honours the legacy of Roberto Ariganello, the late LIFT Executive Director who did much to encourage artists to make films, and often reached out to redistribute excess film equipment across the country. Sadly, Roberto suddenly passed away in 2006 after delivering a Steenbeck editing system to the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) in Halifax.

Cecilia Araneda finished as our inaugural resident in this program at the beginning of August 2017. Info about her residency here:

LIFT is an artist-run production and educational media arts organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. We support a wide range of production formats, including Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 35mm and HD; our facilities include film and digital editing suites, optical printers, contact printers, animation stands, a darkroom, and more. Toronto also offers a range of lab facilities, a large pool of experienced technicians and talent, a vibrant film community and a dynamic arts environment.

Priority for LIFT’s residency program focuses on the production of film-based works with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access to in their local region, although strong digital applications will also be considered. Artists are expected to be at an established point in their practice (although not necessarily working predominantly with moving images). Applicants must also consider what they would bring to Toronto in terms of community collaboration, teaching workshops, artist talks and/or presentation activities—these engagements are a valuable part of each residency offered by LIFT. Note that your proposed film project does not have to be Toronto-specific, but you should think of what you can offer to the community while you are in town working on your own film.

The maximum cash funding for projects is $2,000 (CAD) for travel, accommodation and per diems. Additional equipment and facilities will be provided by LIFT in-kind to a maximum value of $2,000 (CAD); LIFT equipment rates can be found at The artist is responsible for the costs of all film stock, chemicals, lab fees and other expendables.

The ROBERTO ARIGANELLO NATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY is funded out of the Roberto Ariganello Memorial Fund and is sustainable for a three-year trial period. Anyone interested in making a donation to continue this residency can make a charitable donation to the fund via

Interested artists should submit proposals, including:
1. Proposal and Artist Statement (including how you intend to engage the local Toronto community during your stay and what LIFT can offer you that is not available in your home location)
2. Please note how you heard about LIFT’s National Artist Residency
3. Curriculum vitae
4. Proposed budget, including travel and accommodation and funding sources for materials.
5. Visual support material of past work (do not send originals, documentation will not be returned).

Accepted formats: URL links or DVDs (NTSC)
Extended Deadline: Monday, October 16, 2017 by 5:00pm EST

Please Note: Applications are open only to Canadian citizens and permanent residents living outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

Email submissions are preferred.
Email applications to submissions(at)
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Mail applications to:
LIFT National Artist Residency 2018
c/o Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
1137 Dupont Street
Toronto, Ontario

Questions to:
Executive Director Chris Kennedy at
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Monday 14 August 2017 –

Non-members: No application fee
Members: No application fee

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) 
1137 Dupont Street 
Toronto ON Canada