Screenings & 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 co-presents “Domestic Cinema Shorts Program” at Images Festival

Thursday 18 April 2019, 15:00

Five Movements by Lily Jue Sheng LIFT co-presents Domestic Cinema Shorts Program at the 2019 Images Festival Co-presented in partnership with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Breakthroughs Film Festivals, Call Again and the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) The ongoing discourse of Domestic Cinema springs from Gabi Dao’s fi”… more

Call for Submissions: LIFT Seasonal Screening Series – Documentary

Friday 1 March 2019, 10:00

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS LIFT SEASONAL SCREENING SERIES Toronto, March 1, 2019—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) will be launching a seasonal screening series that will highlight recently completed films made by our current members. Each screening will focus on a specific form—documentary, narrative, experimental, music videos—and”… more

LIFT co-presents “Salvage” and “Ayiti Mon Cinema” at the Toronto Black Film Festival

Thursday 14 February 2019, 19:00

Salvage by Tyler Dowey LIFT co-presentations at the 2019 Toronto Black Film Festival FILM #1: LIFT co-presents “Salvage” Thursday, February 14, 2019 Starts at 7:00pm Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West Admission: $12.00 Living in his car, The Driver spends his days cruising the city, surviving on scraps and charity. Haunted”… more

LIFT co-presents “Best of Punto y Raya Festival”

Thursday 31 January 2019, 19:00

“Best of Punto y Raya Festival” A selection featuring the 18 finalists and awarded films at Punto y Raya (Dot & Line) Festival 2018 Co-presented with PIX FILM and  Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm PIX FILM Gallery 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C FREE admission FORMAT: Full HD TRT: 70’”… more

LIFT co-presents “Women in Latin America Experimental Animation”

Thursday 17 January 2019, 19:00

Pulsiones by Yannet Briggiler “Women in Latin America Experimental Animation” Presented Pix Film Productions Co-presented with the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Pleasure Dome Curated by Lina X Aguirre and Cecilia Traslaviña Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm PIX FILM Gallery 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit C FREE admis”… more

May The Waves Rise From Its Floor

Fall 2018 Studio Immersion Program – May The Waves Rise From Its Floor with Matthieu Hallé

Friday 7 December 2018, 20:00

FALL 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM MAY THE WAVES RISE FROM ITS FLOOR WITH MATTHIEU HALLÉ May The Waves Rise From Its Floor is an ambitious audio-visual performance created by artist Matthieu Hallé. The performance is the culmination of years spent developing a unique practice of using candlelight as a medium to create spontaneous visual imagery, an”… more

LIFT co-presents “Ad Hoc #14: Abraham Ravett in Person” at PIX FILM Gallery

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 19:00

Ad Hoc #14: Abraham Ravett in Person with his Films Presented by the Ad Hoc Collective Co-presented with LIFT and PIX FILM Supported by Living Arts For the past forty years, Abraham Ravett has been an independent filmmaker, photographer and educator. He was born in Poland, raised in Israel and the USA. His films have been screened internationally i”… more

LIFT Round-Up 2018

Monday 29 October 2018, 20:30

Katanga by Robert Mentov The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to present ROUND-UP 2018 Toronto, October 15, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is pleased to announce the LIFT Round-Up 2018, a screening of films made by LIFT members in last year. LIFT is a member-driven, charitable organization”… more

LIFT co-presents “Bird of Prey” program at Planet in Focus

Saturday 27 October 2018, 20:00

LIFT co-presents “Bird of Prey” at the 2018 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival In this testament to ardent wildlife filmmaking, Bird of Prey follows renowned photographer and cinematographer Neil Rettig as he, once again, travels to the old-growth forests of the Philippines to witness the Great Philippine Eagle. Along the nearly insurmount”… more

LIFT co-presents “Departures” program at aluCine

Friday 5 October 2018, 21:30

Traje de luces/Suit of lights by Franci Duran LIFT co-presents “Departures” (Latin and Canadian Experimental Films) at the 2018 aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival. Welcome to the best of the Latin-Canadian experimental cinema. The Latin-Canadians’ view has been shaped by their ancestors’ culture, but they also see the world through th”… more

LIFT co-presents “Light + Synthesisers + Electronics” – Screening and Workshop

Wednesday 8 August 2018, 00:00

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), PIX FILM and InterAccess co-presents Light + Synthesisers + Electronics SONIC LUZ Performance by Vienna Artists NOID & KLAUS FILIP Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Starts at 8:30pm OPTOSONIC Workshop Thursday, August 9, 2018 6pm – 10pm Must pre-registration for workshop at infopixfilm(at)gmail.c”… more

LIFT co-presents “Transpose: Works from the AgX Film Collective”

Saturday 14 July 2018, 20:30

The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), PIX FILM and Ad Hoc Collective co-presents Transpose: Works from the AgX Film Collective A program of selected films from the Boston-based AgX Collective on the theme of transposing, shifting and dispersing as in a memory or recollected experience. Program curated by Anto Astudillo, Susan DeL”… more

Call for Submissions: LIFT Round-Up 2017

Friday 6 July 2018, 10:00

LIFT ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS MEMBERS’ ROUND-UP 2017 July 6, 2018—The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) announces its Call for Submissions for its annual Members’ Round-Up. LIFT is a member-driven non-profit organization that provides affordable access to equipment, education and space for those who want to make films, out o”… more

Summer 2018 Studio Immersion Program – Laser Light: The Films of Sabine Gruffat

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 20:30

Amarillo Ramp directed by Sabine Gruffat (and Bill Brown) SUMMER 2018 STUDIO IMMERSION PROGRAM LASER LIGHT: THE FILMS OF SABINE GRUFFAT The program will feature a selection of her work, including the Man Ray-inspired A Return to A Return to Reason (2014) and Framelines (2017), which both use a laser cutter to etch imagery into the emulsion of 35mm”… more

LIFT co-presents “Local Heroes” program at Inside Out

Thursday 31 May 2018, 18:45

The Morning After by Tricia Hagoriles LIFT co-presents the “Local Heroes” program at the 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival. From familiar faces to fresh meat, this is our annual collection of some of the best this great city has to offer. Cherry Cola by Joseph Amenta Vertical Lines by Kyle Reaume Queen of Hearts by Lindsey Addawoo and Kyis”… more

LIFT co-presents “Take Light” at Hot Docs

Friday 27 April 2018, 18:45

LIFT co-presents Take Light at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Take Light Dir. Shasha Nakhai Friday April 27 @ 6:45 PM, Hart House Theatre Tuesday May 1 @ 3:15 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 3 Thursday May 3 @ 6:30 PM, Scotiabank Theatre 3 Over 50 per cent of Nigeria’s nearly 200 million citizens don’t have access to electrici”… more

LIFT co-presents “Redacting Bodies: Local Shorts Program” at Images Festival

Thursday 19 April 2018, 21:00

Stroke by Wang Weibin LIFT co-presents Redacting Bodies: Local Shorts Program at the 2018 Images Festival Co-presented in partnership with Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), MANO-RAMO and the8fest Curated by Alexandra Gelis If redaction is a process of editing documents, in which the removal of sensitive information is typically r”… more

LIFT co-presents “FROM A TO Z ” – Screening and Exhibition in Vienna

Friday 20 April 2018, 00:00

Poster by Madi Piller and Daniel Browne The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) co-presents FROM A TO Z Film screening and Exhibition in Vienna April 20, 2018 Screening at Blickle Kino at Belvedere21 7pm – 9pm Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien April 21, 2018 Exhibit at Setzkasten and Zwischendecke 7pm Hernalser Hauptstraße 29/4 and 31, 117″… more

LIFT co-presents “Toronto: Back and Forth” at Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Thursday 15 March 2018, 19:30

The Big Adventure by Colin Strayer Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ (SCMS) 2018 Conference York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, SCMS’ CinemArts Scholarly Interest Group and Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group, York University’s Graduate Film Student Association, The City Institute at York Univ”… more

LIFT co-presents “It’s All Fun & Games Until Somebody Breaks a Rule” program at the 8 Fest

Friday 26 January 2018, 22:30

Disney Attraction Highlights Nº 1 by Stanley Sunday a.k.a. David Domingo a.k.a. Davidson LIFT co-presents at the 8 Fest 2018 It’s All Fun & Games Until Somebody Breaks a Rule Curated by Cameron Moneo The works in this programme demonstrate the humour that often arises when we play together—and when we don’t abide by the rules. From spontaneous”… more