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Innis Alumni & Friends

Filmmaking Mentorship

Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film?

On set for short film SOAR, directed by LIFT member, mentor, and grant recipient Jaene F. Castrillon.

In an effort to foster independent filmmaking, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT), Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute present the Filmmaking Mentorship Program. Through this mentorship, the selected applicant will have a chance to explore filmmaking through the LIFT workshops, equipment and facilities.

You will be provided with a LIFT Production Membership until the end of the academic year, and will be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Fall and Winter 2017/18 calendar (to a maximum $500 value). You will have the opportunity to work with LIFT’s knowledgeable staff and specially selected mentor(s). You will get the opportunity to use LIFT’s extensive equipment and post production facilities. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase based on the project’s needs.

Innis College and/or the Cinema Studies Institute may subsidize additional costs related to your project up to $750 bursary (only available upon receipt of deliverables). All other associated costs are to be covered by the participant. Your final film will be celebrated with a screening.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter.


  • This call is open to upper year Cinema Studies or Innis College students
  • Applicants must commit to attending LIFT workshops from Sep. 2017 – Apr. 2018
  • Applicants must hold, and retain, creative, and editorial control in the director/filmmaker role, as well as copyright to the project for which they apply
  • We encourage students from diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply
  • This program is best suited to applicants who are deadline-driven and self-starters


Your APPLICATION must include:

    • One-page proposal: title, genre (fiction, non-fiction, experimental), length, medium, log line, synopsis
    • A half to one-page statement on how you would benefit from this mentorship
    • A production schedule and logistics summary: timeline, resources, etc.
    • Your biography (no resumes or CVs please). Please indicate your past experience with film, video/digital and other artistic mediums (if any)
    • Contact info, including email, mailing address and phone number
    • Two professor recommendations and contact info


Email application in a single PDF document to by September 22nd, 2017 11:59PM.

If you have additional questions, please contact: ROLLA TAHIR – Education & Outreach, at
416-588-6444 x221 or

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