Exhibition Period: September 24ᵗʰ - October 21ˢᵗ, 2020

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 1pm - 5pm
Closed: Monday, Tuesday

This fall Ignite Gallery will continue its 40+ year history of supporting emerging talent by showcasing artists selected in our annual call for submissions. Our hope is to present more of their works to you IRL in 2021, but until then, stay tuned for a series of virtual exhibitions on our webpage and behind the scenes videos posted to our instagram:

Khadija Aziz
Brandon Celi
Katie Kotler
Malik McKoy
Sid Sharp
Kyle Yip
Calvin Zhang

Festival Period: August 2ⁿᵈ - 31ˢᵗ, 2020

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival will be fusing the spirit of the Canadian people and combining it with a full international programme of films from every walk of life.

The week-long celebration brings together the indie filmmaking community with a sole focus on the filmmakers, their teams, and their achievements. Awards are 100% audience choice where the winners enjoy automatic official selections at all of the subsequent Lift-Off global film festivals. Canadian Indie Cinema is some of the best in the world; we want to attract and increase the number of Canadian Filmmakers we showcase, along with having a true international indie film festival in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth.

Not only is our festival a global showcase for filmmakers looking to take that next step, we provide a free service where we take your work to the major film markets AFM, Cannes, EFM etc... All with the aim of getting your work acquired by distributors.


Featuring content from new and emerging voices, Innovators is a smorgasbord of different genre, style and unique flair. Experimental, art-house, and animations.

Please vote by first writing VOTED in the comments section, followed by the names of your two favourite films. Then head to our website on to fill out the more detailed voting form.

Votes with only one selection/ the same film twice will be INVALID.

Strictly one set of votes per person.

Schedule Details

Shorts Program # 1: InFocus: Canadian Cinema – Documentaries (In Partnership with Hot Docs)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Suggested Screening Time
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM – Audience Q&A

Shorts Program # 2: InFocus: Canadian Cinema – Narratives
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Suggested Screening Time
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Audience Q&A

Shorts Program # 3: Summer Shorts
6:15 PM – 7:45 PM – Suggested Screening Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Audience Q&A

Community Collaborators

Writers Guild of Canada (WGC)

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative

Canadians Abroad

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema – Concordia University


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) hosts InFocus: Canadian Cinema, Presented by the Consulate General of Canada, highlighting independent Canadian storytellers, as well as presenting a selection of shorts from NFMLA’s summer programming. The Festival is Powered by Seed&Spark on their virtual festival platform, and each screening will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom. Special event sponsors include Telefilm Canada, Québec Government Office in Los Angeles and Mount Saint Mary’s University.

The day begins with InFocus: Canadian Cinema’s documentary program, a curated collection of short documentaries programmed in partnership with Hot Docs. These nonfiction narratives capture their subjects intimately, exploring cultural identity, family dynamics, the natural world’s beauty and importance, and untold histories.

The afternoon continues with InFocus: Canadian Cinema’s narrative program, a selection of exciting short-form narrative work by up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers. It includes a mixture of narrative work (short, music video and episodic) that offers fresh perspectives that entertain, enlighten, and provoke reflection.

The day concludes with Shorts Program # 3: Summer Shorts, a selection of highlights from NFMLA’s summer program that each vividly create their internal worlds. This block’s work commands a range of forms, from mockumentary to romantic comedy to anti-war drama to pilot, each evoking a world, real or imagined, that will pull you in.

NFMLA showcases films by filmmakers of all backgrounds throughout the year in addition to its special InFocus programming which celebrates diversity, inclusion and region. All filmmakers are welcome and encouraged to submit their projects which will be considered for all upcoming NFMLA Festivals, regardless of the InFocus programming.


Festival Period: January 9ᵗʰ, 2020

Festival occurs in two cities: At the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada, and at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles, USA.

The goal of this festival is to showcase the best of new experimental short films and independent music videos from around the world. Films that don’t get a fair shake from other film festivals because programmers don’t know where to “categorize” these films. There isn’t a typical linear story occurring so most festivals can’t truly understand the talent and beauty around these films.

We want to showcase films that showcase true originality and talent from filmmakers from every corner of the globe. And also showcase new musicians who have made a music video and want it to be shown.

This festival is part of the FEEDBACK Film Festival, so after the film is shown, we turn on the lights and ask the audience what they think of the films. With this format we promise a SOLD OUT crowd and a positive conversation. Our audience is sophisticated and won’t divulge into negative and judgmental talk.


Private Reception: January 24ᵗʰ, 6pm - 8pm
DesignTO Event: January 25ᵗʰ, 10am - 5pm

Event: Party
Festival Feature

Join Mount Dennis BIA as we host our first-ever DesignTO event in Mount Dennis. Explore specially-curated art + design at the mid-century former CIBC building on Weston Road and browse pop-ups including Penguin Books.

Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, meander through the mid-century bank building and enjoy creativity and design by Mount Dennis residents and our Toronto neighbours. See local artist Scotty Graham’s retro-futuristic interpretations of Mount Dennis landmarks, a photojournalistic look at the neighbourhood, and more — all of it fun for the whole family! In partnership with Akin Projects.

Transition and change is upon Mount Dennis: the historic Kodak Building (just down the street) will be a fixture in the community as the future home of Mount Dennis Station (part of the forthcoming Eglinton Crosstown).


Mount Dennis BIA, Scotty Graham, CIBC, Akin

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