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


Exhibition Period: January 16ᵗʰ - 31ˢᵗ, 2019
Opening Reception: January 16ᵗʰ, 6pm - 8pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 6am - 10pm
Friday, 6am - 9pm

Saturday - Sunday, 8am - 7pm


Festival Period: December 10ᵗʰ - 14ᵗʰ, 2019

OK Go (Video Showcase + Damian Kulash Q&A) x *Keepin' It Weird Screening* 
(2 screenings! 6:30pm & 7pm showings)

Presented by Austin Music Video Festival and KUTX
Essentially the creators of the viral music video, OK Go pioneered their craft in the YouTube age with their choreographed treadmill antics on an indie budget, forever tilting the scale of what popular music videos could be. Now making ambitious mini-movies of their own, OK Go having taken us through a Rube-Goldberg-machine, into zero-gravity, slow-motion, rally car races and many more places you wouldn’t have thought music videos could go.

Director and lead singer, Damian Kulash, joins us in-person for this screening followed by a Q&A session to discuss his body of work, pushing the boundaries of music videos and partnering with brands to execute the wildest of ideas.

Paired with AMVFest’s ever-intriguing “Keepin’ It Weird” screening, this showing will celebrate fellow weird music video ideas and is sure to keep you guessing.

Keepin' It Weird

The Bright Light Social Hour "Sun King" Directed by Jazz Mills (3:30)

Marco Paul "Tiamat" Directed by Rafa de la Lastra (7:16) *PREMIERE*

Golden Dawn Arkestra "Allo Allo Boom" Directed by Tina Rivera (3:20)

Waldo Witt "Carteret" Directed by Sefardico (3:44)

Royal Republic "Fireman And Dancer" Directed by Leo Åkesson (2:57)

Discrete "In My Room" Directed by Colin Greenfield (7:00)

Goon "Choke Throat" Directed by Zachary Campbell (2:39)

Calliope Musicals "That's Why We Dance" Directed by Alex Chod (3:55)

Iglooghost "Amu's Hoop" Directed by Luke Gibson (4:39)

Tyler the Creator “earfquake” directed by Wolf Haley (4:26)


Exhibition Period: November 14ᵗʰ - 17ᵗʰ, 2019
Opening Reception: November 13ᵗʰ, 04:00pm - 08:00pm
Hours of Operation: November 14ᵗʰ - 16ᵗʰ, 11:00am - 7:30pm
November 17ᵗʰ, 11:00am - 06:00pm (Last admission 1 hour before closing)

Started in 2008 with the goal of developing art in Daegu and becoming a world-class art fair, Daegu Art Square marks the 12th anniversary, celebrating its remarkable growth and development. We are pleased to be holding one of the most meaningful and the largest art fairs in rural regions.

The top-class art festival, Daegu Art Square, is the only cultural event in Korea that has integrated ‘Daegu Art Fair,’ which seeks to develop a new art market and pursues growth, and ‘Youth Art Project,’ which shows the experimental and earnest art works by outstanding young artists.

With more than 100 galleries at home and abroad, over 700 artists, and 4,500 artworks, this year’s event not only expands the art market in Daegu drastically but also unlock the new potential for the current art circle.

Moreover, we have prepared various programs such as special exhibitions, exchange exhibitions, and additional events for a number of itizens and art lovers.

Daegu is the core of Korean modern art. Being the center of culture that has significantly affected the Korean art, the city is the hometown of the genius painters of the modern art world, Lee In-sung and Lee Quede, and where the master of Korean watercolor Seo Dong-jin was active.

We will exert effort in developing Daegu into a central, global city of culture and art and contributing to the development of local economy through this year’s Art Square.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the gallery representatives and artists for exhibiting their valuable works at the event and Mayor Kwon Young-jin of Daegu Metropolitan City and other officials for showing a lot of interest and affection for the successful event. I also would like to thank Chairmen of the Daegu Art Fair and Youth Art Project Ahn Hye-ryung and Lee Jeom-chan, committee members, and other organizing staff for their effort to make this exhibition special, as well as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, sponsors, and officials from companies and media for supporting this event.

I hope you enjoy the feast of beautiful art at 2019 Art Square in the colorful cultural and artistic city of Daegu. Thank you. 

- Nam Sung-hee | Chairman of 2019 Daegu Art Square Organizing Committee

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