Commissioning Projects

LIFT provides support to media artists through occasional commissioning projects. These range from omnibus projects with modest budgets to the creation of significant new works. Some LIFT commissions are curated and others are selected through open calls for submissions. Check back regularly for current calls for submissions.

 

Call for Proposals: Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering

Tuesday 13 September 2022, 00:00 to 17:00

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES 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”… more

Call for Submissions: Josephine Massarella Artist Award 2022

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE JOSEPHINE MASSARELLA ARTIST AWARD 2022 Toronto, August 15, 2022—In June of 2018 the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) longtime member Josephine Massarella passed away after a short illness. https://lift.ca/news-post/remembering-josephi”… more

Call for Proposals: Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project – Deadline Extended

Monday 11 July 2022, 00:00 to 23:59

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES 2022 CALL FOR PROPOSALS TRANSFORMATIONS: A CROSS GENERATIONAL COMMISSIONING PROJECT Toronto, July 11, 2022—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary as an artist-run organization. The city has changed significantly over those f”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2022 Mentorship Announcement

Friday 25 March 2022, 00:00 to 00:00

2022 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Caelin Holmes THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) AND THE IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL 2022 MENTORSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT Toronto, March 25, 2022—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce tha”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 17th annual Mentorship Program

Monday 10 January 2022, 00:00 to 00:00

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2022 ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Call for applicants in Toronto Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday, February 14, 2022 Celebrating 17 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmmaki”… more

LIFT, imagineNATIVE and Harbour Collective present “imagineNATIVE x LIFT Originals”

Thursday 22 April 2021, 14:00 to 17:00

Menaptwi by Natasha Naveau THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT), THE IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL AND THE HARBOUR COLLECTIVE PRESENT imagineNATIVE X LIFT ORIGINALS Toronto, April 8, 2021—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Harbour Collective are pro”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2020 Mentorship Announcement

Tuesday 16 June 2020, 00:00

2020 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Tim Myles Toronto, June 16, 2020—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Tim Myles is the recipient of the 16th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. Tim is a Mi’kmaq artist originally from”… more

EXTENDED // Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 16th annual Mentorship Program

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 16th ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: CALL FOR APPLICANTS Extended Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020 Toronto, December 17, 2019—Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? Celebrating 16 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explo”… more

LIFT Supported Artist Commission: Tout-Monde: Markham

Saturday 14 September 2019, 00:00

LIFT Member Alice Shin working on her project Signal Fire with LIFT’s RED Epic Mysterium-X Camera Package. LIFT Supported Commissioning Project: Tout-Monde: Markham Runs September 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Curated by Catherine Sicot and Anik Glaude Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Main Gallery 216 Main Street Unionville, Unionville Artists: Andrew C”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2019 Mentorship Announcement

Thursday 18 April 2019, 00:00

2019 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Cole Forrest Toronto, April 18, 2019—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Cole Forrest is the recipient of the 15th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. Cole is an Ojibwe artist origina”… more

Josephine Massarella Artist Award 2019

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 10:00 to 17:00

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES THE JOSEPHINE MASSARELLA ARTIST AWARD 2019 Toronto, February 12, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) longtime member Josephine Massarella passed away in June of 2018 after a short illness. https://lift.ca/news-post/remembering-josephine-massarella She was a”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 15th annual Mentorship Program

Thursday 13 December 2018, 00:00

 LIFT and imagineNATIVE 15th ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: CALL FOR APPLICANTS Application Deadline: Monday, January 21, 2019 Toronto, December 13, 2018—Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute short film? Celebrating 15 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to e”… more

Call for Proposals: Tout-Monde: Markham

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 00:00

Photo credit: City of Markham CALL FOR PROPOSALS TOUT-MONDE: MARKHAM October 2, 2018—Elegoa Cultural Productions and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham present the commission of 6 projects to Toronto and GTA filmmakers and visual artists to be presented in an exhibition in the fall of 2019. Deadline for proposals is November 9, 2018. “The poetic of”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2018 Mentorship Announcement

Friday 16 February 2018, 00:00

2018 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Natasha Naveau TORONTO, February 16, 2018—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Natasha Naveau is the recipient of the 14th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. Natasha was raised in Mat”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 14th annual Mentorship Program

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 00:00

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 14th ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: CALL FOR APPLICANTS Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017 by 12:00pm Toronto, November 15, 2017— Are you an Indigenous artist or emerging filmmaker living in or near the GTA? Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film? Celebrating 14 years of supporting independent Indigenous”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2017 Mentorship Announcement

Wednesday 29 March 2017, 00:00

2017 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Samay Arcentales Cajas Toronto, March 29, 2017—imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Kichwa (Ecuador) artist Samay Arcentales Cajas is the recipient of the 13th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship.”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 13th annual Mentorship Program – EXTENDED

Thursday 2 February 2017, 10:00

         LIFT and imagineNATIVE 13th annual Mentorship Program: Call for Applicants Toronto, February 2, 2017—Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film? Celebrating 13 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmmaking through”… more

LIFT Artist Commission: The Madvo Collection

Wednesday 7 September 2016, 10:00

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: LIFT ARTIST COMMISSION PROJECT THE MADVO COLLECTION September 7, 2016—In 2014 a 200-reel collection of the films and outtakes of local documentary filmmaker Jacques Madvo was donated to the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). Madvo travelled the world from the 1960s to the 1980s, shooting 16mm footage that made”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2016 Mentorship Announcement

Wednesday 30 March 2016, 00:00

2016 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Jamie Whitecrow Toronto, April 13, 2016—imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Anishinaabe artist Jamie Whitecrow is the recipient of the 12th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. This annual mentor”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 12th annual Mentorship Program – Extended

Thursday 28 January 2016, 10:00

       Call for Applicants:        Call for Applicants:LIFT and imagineNATIVE 12th annual Mentorship Program   Toronto, January 28, 2016—Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film? Celebrating 12 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorshi”… more