Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto

1137 Dupont Street Toronto, Ontario M6H 2A3 Canada
Phone: 416.588.6444


The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services. Founded in 1981 by a small collective, LIFT has since grown to become one of the foremost centres of its kind globally.

LIFT has cameras, production and post-production equipment that supports most analogue film formats (super 8, regular 8mm, 16mm, 35mm), including two animation stands, flatbeds, a darkroom for hand-processing and a JK Optical Printer and an Oxberry 1700 Optical Printer. We carry as many film stocks as we can locate. Niagara Custom Lab is just a 20-minute walk down the street.

Special Note to International Artists
We hold a call for international residencies in the spring of each year. We are also more than willing to discuss informal residencies for artists just passing through.

LIFT receives funding from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Arts Council.