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.

 

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

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

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2015 Mentorship Announcement

Thursday 16 April 2015, 00:00

 2015 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Jaene Castrillon   2015 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Jaene Castrillon Toronto, April 16, 2015—imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Indigenous Colombian artist Jaene”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 11th annual Mentorship Program – Extended Deadline

Thursday 26 February 2015, 00:00

             February 26, 2015 Call for Applicants:LIFT and imagineNATIVE 11th annual Mentorship Program               February 26, 2015 Call for Applicants:LIFT and imagineNATIVE 11th annual Mentorship Program”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2014 Mentorship Announcement

Wednesday 16 April 2014, 00:00

 2014 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Hannah Schreck   2014 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Hannah Schreck Toronto, April 16, 2014—imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Dene artist Hannah Schreck is the rec”… more

EXTENDED – Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 10th annual Mentorship Program

Friday 7 March 2014, 17:00

             February 6, 2014               February 6, 2014 Do you have a great idea for a 5 minute short film? Celebrating 10 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program w”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2013 Mentorship Announcement

Friday 1 March 2013, 00:00

 2013 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Adrienne Marcus Raja   2013 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Adrienne Marcus Raja Toronto, March 1, 2013—imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based Kelabit artist Adrienne Ma”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 9th annual Mentorship Program

Friday 15 February 2013, 17:00

                         Do you have a great idea for a 5 minute short film? Explore 16mm filmmaking through LIFT’s workshops, equipment and facilities (other mediums may be employed). Shoot and edit your ideas on film, and see them on scre”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2012 Mentorship Announcement

Thursday 9 February 2012, 00:00

2012 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Tyler Hagan Toronto, February 9, 2012— imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Vancouver raised, Toronto based Métis artist Tyler Hagan is the recipient of the 8th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship. This annual”… more