The (S8) International Peripheral Film Festival (Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico) is a cinematographic event that highlights concepts such as recovering films and historical archives, working closely with new ways of expressing cinema, with avant-garde and contemporary filmmaking. Since its beginnings, the Mostra has been committed to the work of promoting, disseminating and calling for analogue film formats, creating a unique space within the national Spanish panorama.

LIFT is a non-profit organisation of international prestige created in 1981. It is directed by artists and dedicated to promoting excellence in filmmaking through training, providing technical and production resources, and disseminating the works created in these formats.

Acción Cultural Española’s aims include organising and holding exhibitions, events and initiatives to disseminate and promote Spain’s cultures and the professionals involved with them, boosting their international projection and network-building between professionals and institutions.

This selection process for residencies aims to continue along a line of work that seeks to blaze new trails for emerging creators, helping bring about connections for exchange with an institution of international significance such as LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.


LIFT, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, together with the (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico film festival and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) holds a selection process to take part in a residency to produce an audiovisual piece shot in analogue format (35 mm, 16 mm, Super 16 mm, 8 mm or Super 8 mm) in Toronto, Canada. 


Anybody born or residing in Spain with an acknowledged artistic track record who wishes to carry out an audiovisual project in analogue format can take part in the tender. Candidates must give proof of their knowledge of the English language in their CV.

Applications must be submitted individually with a maximum of one application per person. Each application is to be presented in two versions: English and Spanish.


The residency lasts between four and six uninterrupted weeks to be chosen between September and October 2024, subject to the availability of the LIFT facilities in Toronto. If the beneficiary goes absent during the agreed dates without a pertinent reason, the residency may be cancelled as a result, in addition to the aid granted in each case.


Registration must be carried out via the online form, filling it in and providing a link to download their project in Spanish and English, both in PDF (maximum 10 pages), which must include:

  • An explanation of the project and reasons for carrying out the residency in Toronto, indicating the estimated duration and the preferred dates.
  • Work calendar. 
  • Graphic material to give a better understanding of the project.
  • Applicant’s CV (maximum one page).
  • Expected technical and production needs.
  • Budget. 

Applicants should demonstrate the originality and authorship of the projects they submit, and guarantee that they legitimately hold all of the intellectual property rights over them, expressly exempting the three institutions organising the residency from any liability for damages that could arise in this regard.


Applications may be submitted until 23:59 (GMT+1) on Sunday 16 July, 2024. No applications received after the deadline will be accepted. 

On Friday, 26 July, 2024, the name of the person selected will be announced on the organisers’ websites. 

The selected candidate will be contacted directly by the programme coordinator and must confirm acceptance in writing within 48 hours of notification.


The candidacies will be assessed by a committee made up of a minimum of three members from the organising institutions, based on the following criteria: 

  • The proposal’s originality, quality, innovation and consistency (40%).
  • The project’s coherence with the candidate’s career as a whole (10%).
  • The suitability of the proposal as regards its schedule for implementation and the resources provided by LIFT (20%).
  • The applicant’s CV and past career (30%).

Based on these criteria, the Evaluation Committee will choose a candidate and two possible replacements. The decision will be final. The Evaluation Committee will decide on any circumstance not provided for in these rules and may declare the tender void.

Simply by submitting a project to the tender, the participants accept these rules. In the event that an application that has been granted the award must then be withdrawn, the candidate must give notification of this in advance.


The residency will take place at the LIFT facilities in Toronto and includes the following aid: 

  • Arrangement of the round trip to Toronto from the artist’s place of residence, always within Spain.
  • Medical insurance for the period of the residency, which must be arranged and contracted by the resident, who will then be reimbursed for the cost up to a maximum of 300 euros.
  • 400 euros for each week of the residency, for living expenses and residence.
  • Work space in the LIFT Toronto facilities and use of technical equipment up to a maximum of 2,000 euros of rental value according to LIFT regulations.
  • Additional aid of 800 euros to cover film costs, film development products, laboratory expenses and other production expenses.
  • Technical and professional assistance in the project to be carried out in LIFT.

    Payment will be made to the beneficiary of the (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico festival as follows:

    • An initial payment of up to a maximum of 2,400 euros depending on the weeks of stay planned, calculating 400 euros per week, with a minimum of four and a maximum of six weeks. This payment will be made upon arrival in Toronto, previously presenting the invoice and applying the corresponding taxes and withholdings. 
    • A second payment of up to 1,100 euros once the residency is over, previously presenting the invoice and applying the corresponding taxes and withholdings, and attaching a copy of the medical insurance invoice and a report documenting the project carried out. This must be submitted as a condition to receive the last payment. 

    All amounts mentioned are gross amounts to which VAT and the corresponding tax withholdings shall be applied. 


    The beneficiary agrees to carry out their project within the periods given in their application, and to make good use of the LIFT Toronto facilities, which shall be used exclusively to produce an audiovisual work and which must adapt to LIFT’s schedules and work dynamics, respecting the facilities and common spaces. Transport of the film produced during the residency will be paid for by the beneficiary.

    At the end of the stay, the beneficiary agrees to submit a report documenting how the project was carried out, including a calendar, the technical and production needs, and graphic material (maximum 10 pages).

    The audiovisual piece produced during the residency must include the following legend in the opening credits: “Film made through BAICC – International Artistic Residencies for Filmmaking” followed by the logos of the (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico festival, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).

    The beneficiary agrees to have the world premiere of the work at the 16th (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico festival immediately after the residency, in the first week of June 2025. 

    The beneficiary holds the authorship and exploitation rights to the audiovisual piece, gives authorization to totally or partially reproduce it in activities to promote and disseminate the residency programme or the activity of the (S8) Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico festival, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) or Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).


    The beneficiary gives authorisation for their name to be mentioned and to appear in images (photographs, videos, etc.) to disseminate or inform about the residency programme.

    The organisers reserve the right to make changes or take initiatives that are not stipulated in these rules, provided that they entail improvements that directly affect the project’s success. The rules shall be interpreted exclusively by the members of the Evaluation Committee.

    Failure to comply with these rules may lead to the artistic residency and payment of the monthly aid being halted, as well as reimbursement of the aid if the Evaluation Committee sees fit.

    For questions or queries, you can write to: [email protected]