Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
Call For Submissions — Visiting Artist in Residence 2008/2009
The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is seeking
residency applications from international artists for 2-6 week
individual production residencies to take place between fall 2008 and
spring 2009. 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 of a passion for, and commitment to, the
practice of filmmaking on celluloid. We offer a wide range of film
based technologies ranging from 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, Super 16mm, and
35mm production equipment, editing equipment, optical printers, contact
printers, animation stands, a darkroom and more. Toronto also offers a
wide range of lab facilities, including Niagara Custom Lab, which can
meet nearly any film-related need.
LIFT’s residency program focuses on the production of film-based works
with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access
in their local region. Artists are expected to be at an established
point in their practice (although not necessarily working predominantly
with film). Applicants should also consider what they would bring to
the Toronto community in terms of community collaboration, teaching,
artist talks and/or presentation activities.
The maximum cash funding for projects is $3,000 (CND) for travel,
accommodation and per diems. Equipment and facilities will be provided
by LIFT to a maximum of $5,000 (CDN), LIFT equipment rates can be found
at www.lift.on.ca. The artist is responsible for the costs of all film
stock, chemicals, lab fees and other expendables.
Interested artists should submit proposals, including:
• Proposal/Artist statement (including how they intend to engage the
local community during their stay and how coming to LIFT will create
access to equipment or facilities not available at their home location)
• curriculum vitæ
• Proposed budget (including funding sources for materials)
• Visual support material of past work (do not send originals, documentation will not be returned)
Interdisciplinary projects are welcome, however film (celluloid) must
play a central role in the project. Applicants should have an
established artistic practice, although artists previously working in
other media are welcome. Applicants are not required to be English
speakers however all applications must be submitted in English.
Submissions must be received by mail no later than April 15, 2008.
Proposals are submitted on the understanding that the project’s
execution is contingent on funding yet to be secured.
Questions to: Ben Donoghue – Executive Director: [email protected]
Send applications to: LIFT, 171 East Liberty Street – Suite 301, Toronto, ON, M6K 3P6