Screenings and Exhibitions

LIFT presents occasional screenings and exhibitions of work in Toronto and beyond. We also regularly co-present screenings and exhibitions with other organizations to support an engaged and rigorous media-arts ecology. We can assist hundreds of films each year but without venues and distributors to help them reach the public this work doesn’t have the life it deserves. We our fortunate to live in a city with over 100 film festivals each year, numerous year round programmers and dozens of galleries showing media arts.
For inquiries regarding presentation and co-presentation opportunities please contact us.


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 “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

LIFT co-presents “Veranada” at Hot Docs

Thursday 27 April 2023 – Tuesday 9 May 2023

. LIFT co-presents Veranada at the 2023 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Veranada Dir. Dominique Chaumont In-Person: Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 8:45pm TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4 350 King Street West Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 11:45am Scotiabank Theatre, Cinema 7 259 Richmond Street West Streaming online: Streaming is only avai”… more

LIFT co-presents Rhayne Vermette at Media City

Monday 9 January 2023 – Monday 30 January 2023

Domus by Rhayne Vermette Media City Film Festival presents THOUSANDSUNS CINEMA: Indigenous Edition virtual January 9 – 30, 2023 LIFT is proud to co-present the works of Rhayne Vermette at THOUSANDSUNS CINEMA. All films in the program will stream for FREE on MCFF’s website at THOUSANDSUN”… more

Screening with Visiting Artist Matti Harju

Monday 28 November 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

ALIENS AND AFTERLIFES: SCREENING WITH VISITING ARTIST MATTI HARJU Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM. Finnish filmmaker Matti Harju joins us on Monday, November 28, 2022 to present a screening of his cinemawork. This screening complements his residency as the third resident in LIFT’s collaboration w”… more

LIFT co-presents “Fox In A Hole” at European Union Film Festival

Sunday 20 November 2022 – Friday 25 November 2022

LIFT co-presents “Fox In A Hole” at the 2022 European Union Film Festival “Fox In A Hole” Directed by Arman T. Riahi 2022 | Austria | 105 minutes In German and Bosnian with English subtitles. Set in a juvenile correctional facility, Fox in a Hole revolves around teacher Hannes Fuchs (Aleksandar Petrović), newly assigned to work at its school for tr”… more

LIFT co-presents “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” at Rendezvous With Madness

Thursday 27 October 2022 – Sunday 6 November 2022

LIFT co-presents “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” at the 2022 Rendezvous With Madness Festival “Mis Dos Voces / My Two Voices” Directed by Lina Rodríguez 2022 | Canada | 68 minutes | Spanish with English subtitles In “My Two Voices,” Canadian director Lina Rodriguez paints a lyrical and truly unique portrait of what it means to be an immigrant and h”… more

LIFT co-presents  “Geographies of Solitude” at Planet in Focus

Sunday 16 October 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

LIFT co-presents “Geographies of Solitude” at the 2022 Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival “Geographies of Solitude” Directed by Jacquelyn Mills Country: Canada Length: 1:03:00 “Geographies of Solitude” is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived ov”… more

LIFT and Archive/Counter-Archive co-presents at World Audiovisual Heritage Week

Thursday 27 October 2022 – Saturday 5 November 2022

Origines by Nadine Valcin LIFT AND ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVE CO-PRESENTS AT WORLD AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE WEEK Curated and organized by Cayley James and Helen Lee. The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Archive/Counter-Archive are partnering to bring together an in-person screening and panel event to celebrate the 2022 UNESCO World”… more

Screening with 2022 BAICC Resident Álvaro Feldman

Thursday 13 October 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

SUPER 8MM FILM SCREENING WITH 2022 BAICC RESIDENT ÁLVARO FELDMAN Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM Thursday, October 13, 2022 Starts at 7:00pm PIX FILM Gallery 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C Pay-What-You-Can Admission Álvaro Feldman is a filmmaker and the current resident in the sixth edition of the”… more

Performance with Visiting Artist Britt Al-Busultan

Wednesday 14 September 2022, 19:00 to 20:00

PIX Film is pleased to present a performance with Visiting Britt Al-Busultan Britt Al-Busultan in person Britt-Al-Busultan, artist in residency at LIFT, will be presenting a 2 x 16mm film projector performance “Razzle Dazzle” at PIX FILM Gallery with sound accompaniment by Ben Rositsan. Details:”… more

LIFT co-presents “Blue II” at Images Festival

Sunday 17 July 2022, 14:00 to 20:00

Petal to the Metal by Emily Pelstring LIFT co-presents “Blue II” Shorts Programme at 2022 Images Festival: Slow Edition This program is part of the “suite ok to rest” curated by Jaclyn Quaresma. Sunday, July 17, 2022 Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue Presented with Closed Captions at 2PM Presented with Creative Audio Description at 4PM Presented with”… more

LIFT co-presents Vector Festival: Glitch

Thursday 14 July 2022 – Sunday 24 July 2022

LIFT is community sponsor of the Vector Festival 2022: Glitch Vector Festival 2022: Glitch July 14 – 24, 2022 A glitch is a mistake, an error, a failure, a malfunction—it’s the machine telling us that something inside it has gone wrong. Machines are designed to, and expected to, work perfectly. However, even the most powerful technologies can be qu”… more

LIFT co-presents “Visions of Home” at Toronto Arab Film

Thursday 26 May 2022 – Sunday 29 May 2022

Brown Bread and Apricots by Serene Husni LIFT co-presents “Visions of Home” Shorts Programme at 2022 Toronto Arab Film Programme: “Visions of Basra” by Noor Gatih “Brown Bread and Apricots” by Serene Husni “Memory is a Dying Horse” by Samer Najari “Something from there” by Rana Nazzal Hamadeh After this content becomes available May 26th at 6:00 pm”… more

LIFT co-presents “Local Heroes” at Inside Out

Thursday 2 June 2022, 18:45 to 20:45

Don’t Text Your Ex by Jo Güstin LIFT co-presents Local Heroes at 2022 Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival Annual collection of the best of the best in local queer cinema. Programme: “Thot or Not” by Dylan Glynn “Between Realities Along the Edge of Time” by Jessica Huras “Fresh Meat” by Lu Asfaha “Romario” by James Cooper” “Don’t Text Your Ex'”… more

LIFT co-presents Roger Beebe Film Performance

Sunday 3 April 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

LIFT and PIX FILM co-presents Roger Beebe Film Performance Sunday, April, 3, 2022 Starts at 7:00pm PIX FILM Gallery 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C Roger Beebe in-person! In the wake of our year(+) of lockdown and of telepresence, Roger Beebe returns to the road with a program of 16mm multi-projector performances. The program features several newer wo”… more

LIFT co-presents “Baltic Experimental Films”

Monday 28 March 2022, 19:00 to 21:00

Bonds of Time by Henrijs Laķis LIFT and PIX FILM co-presents Baltic Experimental Films Films from the Baltic Analog Lab Curated by Ieva Balode Ieva Balode is a founder of artist’s collective and film lab Baltic Analog Lab from Riga, Latvia that gathers filmmakers and photographers working in a field of a photochemical and experimental film. As a di”… more

Performance and Screening with 2021 BAICC Resident Bruno Delgado Ramo

Thursday 7 October 2021, 19:00 to 21:00

PERFORMANCE AND SCREENING WITH 2021 BAICC RESIDENT BRUNO DELGADO RAMO: PROJECTION IN PROJECTION SAUCE Co-presented by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and PIX FILM Toronto, October 4, 2021—Spanish filmmaker Bruno Delgado Ramo joins us on Thursday, October 7, 2021 to present a screening of his Super 8mm films. This screening c”… more