Artist in Residence

LIFT offers a select number of international residencies each year. These are 4–6 week individual production residencies for artists from outside Canada. LIFT’s international residency program focuses on the production of film-based works with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access in their local region. Artists are expected to be at an established point in their practice (although not necessarily working predominantly with film). Applicants must also consider what they would bring to the Toronto community in terms of community collaboration, teaching, artist talks and/or presentation activities – these engagements are a critical part of each residency offered by LIFT.
 
In 2017, LIFT launched the annual ROBERTO ARIGANELLO NATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY. This residency seeks applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents living outside of the Greater Toronto Area to apply for a 4–6 week individual production residency. 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.

 

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

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

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 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

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

Blinn & Lambert – Summer 2019 Studio Immersion Program

Monday 15 July 2019, 00:00

Nicholas Steindorf and Kyle Williams (Photo by NANCY SMITH/artloversnewyork) LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCES THE FIRST RESIDENTS IN THE 2019 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM—BLINN & LAMBERT Toronto, July 18, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that the Brooklyn-based collaborators Blinn & Lam”… more

Call for Submissions: LIFT and PIX FILM Studio Immersion Program 2019

Thursday 14 February 2019, 10:00

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS LIFT and PIX FILM STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM 2019 Thematic: Hybrid Models of Filmmaking TORONTO, February 14, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM are seeking applications for a new Studio Immersion Program in 2019. We are looking for applications from International and Canadian artists to re-“… more

LIFT announces the 2019 BAICC Resident – Aitziber Olaskoaga

Monday 7 January 2019, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES THE 2019 BAICC RESIDENT AITZIBER OLASKOAGA TORONTO, January 21, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome Basque-Spanish filmmaker Aitziber Olaskoaga as the current resident in the second edition of the BAICC Residencias Artísticas Internacionales de Creacion Cinematográfica, a collaboration b”… more

May The Waves Rise From Its Floor

Fall 2018 Studio Immersion Program – May The Waves Rise From Its Floor with Matthieu Hallé

Friday 7 December 2018, 20:00

FALL 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM MAY THE WAVES RISE FROM ITS FLOOR WITH MATTHIEU HALLÉ May The Waves Rise From Its Floor is an ambitious audio-visual performance created by artist Matthieu Hallé. The performance is the culmination of years spent developing a unique practice of using candlelight as a medium to create spontaneous visual imagery, an”… more

Benjamin Ramírez Pérez and Stefan Ramírez Pérez – Goethe-Institut / LIFT Residency November 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018, 00:00

LIFT AND THE GOETHE-INSTITUT TORONTO ANNOUNCE BENJAMIN RAMÍREZ PÉREZ and STEFAN RAMÍREZ PÉREZ NOVEMBER 2018 RESIDENCY Toronto, November 15, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Goethe-Institut Toronto are pleased to announce Benjamin Ramírez Pérez and Stefan Ramírez Pérez (Cologne) as our 2018 Goethe-LIFT Artists-in-“… more

Matthieu Hallé – Fall 2018 Studio Immersion Program

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 00:00

LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCE RESIDENT IN THE 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM—MATTHIEU HALLÉ Toronto, September 5, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that Ottawa-based filmmaker Matthieu Hallé is now in residence as a filmmaker in the 2018 edition of the Studio Immersion Program, supported by”… more

Summer 2018 Studio Immersion Program – Laser Light: The Films of Sabine Gruffat

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 20:30

Amarillo Ramp directed by Sabine Gruffat (and Bill Brown) SUMMER 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM LASER LIGHT: THE FILMS OF SABINE GRUFFAT The program will feature a selection of her work, including the Man Ray-inspired A Return to A Return to Reason (2014) and Framelines (2017), which both use a laser cutter to etch imagery into the emulsion of 35mm”… more

Sabine Gruffat – Summer 2018 Studio Immersion Program

Tuesday 15 May 2018, 00:00

LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCE THE NEW RESIDENT IN THE 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM—SABINE GRUFFAT Toronto, June 4, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that Chapel Hill-based filmmaker Sabine Gruffat is now in residence as a filmmaker in the 2018 edition of the Studio Immersion Program, supp”… more

LIFT announces the inaugural BAICC Resident – Tono Mejuto

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES THE INAUGURAL BAICC RESIDENT TONO MEJUTO TORONTO, February 13, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to welcome Spanish filmmaker Tono Mejuto as the inaugural resident of the BAICC Residencias Artísticas Internacionales de Creacion Cinematográfica, a collaboration between the (S8) Mostra Internaciona”… more

Call for Submissions: LIFT and PIX FILM Studio Immersion Program 2018

Friday 9 February 2018, 00:00

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS LIFT and PIX FILM STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM 2018 Thematic: Hybrid Models of Filmmaking TORONTO, February 9, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM are seeking applications for a new Studio Immersion Program in 2018. We are looking for applications from International and Canadian artists to re-t”… more

Call for Submissions: Goethe-LIFT Filmmaker Residency 2018 – Extended Deadline

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 00:00

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: GOETHE-LIFT FILMMAKER RESIDENCY 2018 *** Extended Deadline: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10am EST *** TORONTO, February 7, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and the Goethe-Institut Toronto are seeking applications from German national or German resident artists for 4 – 6 week individual production resid”… more

Sally Walker-Hudecki – Winter 2018 Studio Immersion Program

Thursday 14 December 2017, 00:00

LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCES THE THIRD RESIDENT IN THE STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM—SALLY WALKER-HUDECKI Toronto, December 14, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that local filmmaker Sally Walker-Hudecki (aka Sally Cinnamon) is now in residence as our third filmmaker in the new Studio Immersi”… more

Andreas Wutz – Fall 2017 Studio Immersion Program

Thursday 2 November 2017, 00:00

LIFT AND PIX FILM ANNOUNCES THE SECOND STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM RESIDENT—ANDREAS WUTZ Toronto, November 2, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM is pleased to announce that German filmmaker Andreas Wutz is now in residence as our second filmmaker in the new Studio Immersion Program, supported by the Petman Founda”… more

LIFT announces UK Visiting Artist Benjamin Wigley

Wednesday 9 August 2017, 00:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES UK VISITING ARTIST BENJAMIN WIGLEY Toronto, August 16, 2017—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Benjamin Wigley has joined us from Nottingham, United Kingdom as a visiting artist from August 9 to August 31, 2017 to work on an on-going 16mm project utilizing a personal journey through In”… more