ED, Jan-Feb 2006

From the Executive Director

Another year comes to an end. How does one measure success at an organization such as LIFT? Financially, 2005 was a better year than most. We surpassed our expectations in a number of areas including educational series, equipment rentals and even ad sales for FilmPrint Magazine. While self-generated revenue does measure activity to a degree, it is a poor measurement of success for an artist-run centre such as LIFT and only truly appreciated by our bookkeeper, accountant and our (under)funders. A far better indicator is the impact of new programs we initiated in 2005.

LIFT completed the $99 No Excuses Film Tour with visits to eight communities across Ontario, where we not only showcased the talents of LIFT members, but also established a network of solidarity with other arts organizations interested in film as an art form.

Poetry/Projections took place at the end of October and produced 14 new film-based projects, some of which were the most original films seen in recent memory. We look forward to making Poetry/Projections an annual event that marries two communities of artists: poets and filmmakers.

We held four New Directions in Cinema screenings in 2005 where film artists Steve Sanguedolce, John Price, Robert Kennedy and Deirdre Logue all pushed the boundaries of film as an art form. We look forward to continuing the program throughout 2006. We anticipate at least 20 new films will be screened during the New Directions in Cinema series in 2005-2006.

Finally, LIFT has established a number of partnerships with arts organizations to co-commission new work by absolute beginners to create their first film projects. There is nothing more satisfying than witnessing the emergence of a new generation (both young and old) of artists interested in filmmaking. I congratulate all the filmmakers at LIFT who made their first projects. We estimate that over 65 film projects alone were commissioned in 2005 through our partnerships and programs.

2006 will mark LIFT’s 25th year of contributing to Toronto’s vibrant, independent film scene. We have panned a number of exciting anniversary celebrations that we hope will dwarf our accomplishments in 2005!

Roberto Ariganello

January 2006, Volume 26 Issue 1