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.


LIFT announces the 2023 BAICC Resident – Agnès Hayden

Monday 11 September 2023 – Sunday 5 November 2023

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES THE 2023 BAICC RESIDENT AGNÈS HAYDEN Toronto, October 11, 2023—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome Spanish filmmaker Agnès Hayden as the current resident in the seventh edition of the BAICC Residencias Artísticas Internacionales de Creacion C”… more

LIFT co-presents “Attila” at Rendezvous With Madness Festival

Tuesday 10 October 2023, 19:00 to 22:00

LIFT co-presents “Attila” at a special presentation part of Workman Arts’ 2023 Rendezvous With Madness Festival Canadian filmmaker Stephen Hosier focuses the lens of his feature debut uncomfortably close to home as he joins his childhood friend, Richard Csanyi, in investigating the life and death of the latter’s twin brother, Attila. Found dead on”… more

LIFT co-presents “Latin Canadian Program” at aluCine

Friday 6 October 2023, 20:30 to 22:30

Beating Like Her Drum by Dayme Arocena and Pablo Dewin LIFT co-presents Latin Canadian Program at 2023 aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival aluCine continues its yearly tradition of showcasing the best in new Latin Canadian cinema! This short film program features works from emerging filmmakers in Canada. It is a space where Latin filmmakers in”… more

LIFT announces Finnish Visiting Artist Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki

Friday 1 September 2023 – Thursday 30 November 2023

LIFT ANNOUNCES FINNISH VISITING ARTIST NATALIA KOZIEŁ-KALLIOMÄKI Toronto, September 18, 2023—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Natalia Kozieł-Kalliomäki has joined us from Helsinki, Finland as a visiting artist from September 1 to November 30, 2023 as the fourth resident in the residency program for”… more

LIFT announces “Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project” – In-person Screening and VOD

Thursday 21 September 2023, 19:00 to 21:00

Image Credit: Luísa Cruz and Jorge Manzano, CIRCADIAN VERSES (2023) . Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project In-person Screening and VOD September 1, 2023—In 2021 the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) celebrated its 40th anniversary as an artist-run organization. Toronto has changed wildly over the past four”… more

Friday, August 18 – Open Screening

July 26, 2023 Call for Submissions: Open Screening Join the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) on Friday, August 18, 2023 in the Main Classroom at LIFT (1137 Dupont) for our Summer Open Screening, an evening of oddball films, experiments, found footage and works in progress. UPDATE – Submissions are now closed! We have reached our”… more

LIFT co-presents “Bageroo Program #1 and “Bageroo Program #3” at the8Fest

Friday 28 July 2023 – Saturday 29 July 2023

“kauaʻi ʻōʻō” by Samy Benammar . LIFT co-presents “Bageroo Program #1” and “Bageroo Program #3″ at the8fest Small Gauge Film Festival 2023 Bageroo Program #1: We Were, We Are, We Will Be Friday, July 28, 2023 Starts at 8:00pm In this shorts program, filmmakers reflect on themselves, their surroundings, and others around them. These shorts recall th”… more

LIFT co-presents “Anthropo-Digitalism” at Vector Festival

Thursday 6 July 2023 – Sunday 16 July 2023

LIFT co-presents Anthropo-Digitalism at the 2023 Vector Festival Multi-site Exhibition running  July 6 – 16, 2023 How does the digital (re)animate our environments? How do we imprint our humanness upon the digital, and how does digitalness imprint upon us humans? Ruminate on your human/digital reflections with the anthropomorphic inventions of Mari”… more

LIFT co-presents “Local Heroes” at Inside Out

Thursday 1 June 2023, 18:45 to 20:45

September 10th by Tasneem Nanji . LIFT co-presents Local Heroes at 2023 Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer. In-Person: Thursday, June 1, 2023 Starts at 6:45 pm TIFF Bell Lightbox”… more

Call for Applications: BAICC International Artist Residency Program 2023 – Extended

Thursday 11 May 2023 – Sunday 18 June 2023

Call for Applications: BAICC International Artist Residency Program 2023 with LIFT, (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico and Acción Cultural Española-AC/E In 2017, the first International Artistic Residencies for Cinematographic Creation (BAICC), were launched, promoted by the (S8) International Peripheral Film Festival of A Coruña. This”… more