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 Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 18th annual Mentorship Program – Extended

Thursday 23 May 2024 – Tuesday 16 July 2024

May 23, 2024 Updated: June 20, 2024 LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2024 ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM All Indigenous Filmmakers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with an original idea for a 16mm short film! Celebrating 20 years of supporting Independent Indigenous Film, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is partnering up with Liaison of Independent Filmm”… more

Digital Cinema Residency – 2024 Announcement

Monday 12 February 2024 – Sunday 31 March 2024

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) ANNOUNCES THE 2024 LIFT DIGITAL CINEMA RESIDENCY RECIPIENT A.C. BIRCH Toronto, February 20, 2024—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that A.C. Birch is the inaugural resident of our Digital Cinema Residency, launched for the first time in 2024. The Di”… more

Josephine Massarella Artist Award – 2022 Announcement

Thursday 30 November 2023 –

THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO ANNOUNCES THE 2022 JOSEPHINE MASSARELLA ARTIST AWARD RECIPIENT Toronto, November 30, 2023—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce that Marnie Parrell is the 2022 Josephine Massarella Artist Award Recipient. After some unexpected delays, we are thrilled to welcom”… more

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 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

Artists Selected for “Transformations: A Cross Generational Commissioning Project”


LIFT ANNOUNCES ARTISTS SELECTED FOR TRANSFORMATIONS: A CROSS GENERATIONAL COMMISSIONING PROJECT Toronto, April 13, 2023—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) recently celebrated its 40th anniversary back in 2021 as an artist-run organization. This milestone presented the opportunity to create an intergenerational dialogue betwee”… more

LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2023 Mentorship Announcement

Monday 13 March 2023 – Tuesday 31 October 2023

2023 LIFT and imagineNATIVE Mentorship Winner Jordan Wanakamik . THE LIAISON OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS OF TORONTO (LIFT) AND THE IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL 2023 MENTORSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT Toronto, March 17, 2023—The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announc”… more

Call for Applicants: LIFT and imagineNATIVE 18th annual Mentorship Program – Final Extension

Tuesday 13 December 2022 – Friday 10 February 2023

December 13, 2022 Revised February 3, 2023   LIFT and imagineNATIVE 2023 ANNUAL MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Call for applicants in Toronto Are you an Indigenous filmmaker with a great idea for a 5-minute 16mm short? The LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmmaking through the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto”… more

Call for Proposals: Analogue Resilience: A Film Labs Gathering

Tuesday 13 September 2022 – Tuesday 11 October 2022

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