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.


Screening with 2023 BAICC Resident Agnès Hayden

Tuesday 7 November 2023, 19:00 to 21:00

November 1, 2023 The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) present OUR BEST MACHINES ARE MADE WITH SUNSHINE SCREENING WITH 2023 BAICC RESIDENT AGNÈS HAYDEN Join the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) this Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 7:00pm with a screening of works from our BAICC 2023 artist Agnès Hayden, ranging fr”… more

LIFT co-presents “A World of Movement: Films of Sharon Lockhart” at Media City

Saturday 11 November 2023, 18:00 to 20:00

LIFT co-presents “A World of Movement: Films of Sharon Lockhart” at the 2023 Media City Film Festival Celebrated filmmaker and photographer Sharon Lockhart joins Media City Film Festival from Los Angeles to present a special selection of her films. Programme: “NŌ,” 32 min, 2003 “EVENTIDE,” 30 min, 2022 “NŌ” (2003) and her most recent film “EVENTIDE”… more

LIFT co-presents “back home” at Rendezvous with Madness

Friday 27 October 2023, 18:30 to 20:30

LIFT co-presents “back home” at the 2023 Rendezvous with Madness Festival “back home” Directed by Nisha Platzer “back home” follows the filmmaker’s pursuit to get to know her older brother, Josh, twenty years after he took his own life. As she connects with the friends who knew him best as a teen, a complex portrait emerges. Through intimate recoll”… more

LIFT co-presents “Nuked” at Planet in Focus

Sunday 22 October 2023, 18:30 to 21:03

  LIFT co-presents “Nuked” at 2023 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival The fallout of the nuclear testing during the past century had severe consequences. For the people of Bikini Atoll, part of the Marshall Islands, the repercussions of detonating 67 nuclear bombs on their island during the Cold War continues today, leaving mass conta”… more

LIFT co-presents “Attila” at Rendezvous With Madness Festival

Tuesday 10 October 2023, 19:00 to 22:00

LIFT co-presents “Attila” at a special presentation part of Workman Arts’ 2023 Rendezvous With Madness Festival Canadian filmmaker Stephen Hosier focuses the lens of his feature debut uncomfortably close to home as he joins his childhood friend, Richard Csanyi, in investigating the life and death of the latter’s twin brother, Attila. Found dead on”… more

LIFT co-presents “Latin Canadian Program” at aluCine

Friday 6 October 2023, 20:30 to 22:30

Beating Like Her Drum by Dayme Arocena and Pablo Dewin LIFT co-presents Latin Canadian Program at 2023 aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival aluCine continues its yearly tradition of showcasing the best in new Latin Canadian cinema! This short film program features works from emerging filmmakers in Canada. It is a space where Latin filmmakers in”… 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

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