CLIFF 2017 Draws to an End!

The 2017 CLIFF season has come to an end and we would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to all our wonderful board members, volunteers, financial donors and sponsors, location coordinators, and attendees for making it a truly successful festival!

In addition to our near full house attendance in Toronto on an abnormally frigid Friday night in early November, this year saw CLIFF screenings and events organized in over 20 cities across Canada, including: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Ottawa, Sudbury, Halifax and more!

We are also pleased to announce our 2017 film award winners!

  • Best-in-Festival Award: The Chop (United Kingdom, Director: Lewis Rose)
  • Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award: Bitter Grapes: Slavery in the Vinyards (Denmark, Director: Tom Heinemann)
  • Best Canadian Film: The Echoes of Chloe Cooley (Canada, Director: Andrea Conte)

Congratulations to all the winners who will each be receiving a cash prize to help support them in making more excellent films!

The CLIFF board will be taking a well-deserved break but will be back at it in January 2018 as we plan for our tenth year! Make sure to stay tuned for details!

Finally, in case you missed it….we are in search of volunteers to join our board of directors! If you are interested in joining the team, let us know! You can check out the full posting here.

And make sure to check out Talking Radical podcast where board members Scott MacDonald and Navjeet Sidhu were interviewed by Scott Neigh and discuss all things CLIFF!

On behalf of our awesome team (Lorene, Frank, Scott, Abbas, Deedee, and Navjeet) thank you again and see you in 2018!

In solidarity,


Seeking Directors…of the Board!






Have an interest in films and social justice? Then consider joining the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) board of directors!

CLIFF is a national grassroots, activist-oriented film festival which showcases international and Canadian films focusing on work, workers, and the labour movement.

We are seeking committed and enthusiastic volunteers as we enter into our 10th year of the festival.

We are looking for volunteers with a variety of interests and skill sets, including: finances, fundraising, outreach, communications, event-planning, and logistics.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit approximately 5-10 hours per month (possibly more during the lead up to our November festival or for any special events) for a minimum of one-year; attend monthly meetings (in person in Toronto or via phone), represent CLIFF at community, film festival, or labour events, and assist with other CLIFF projects.

This is a great opportunity for those volunteers looking to share and develop their skills and see how a film festival is organized.

Meetings are held in-person in Toronto, Ontario, though volunteers can be based anywhere in Canada.

If you are interested, please email us at info[at]labourfilms.caand include “Board of Directors” in the subject line. Please provide us with a letter as to why you are interested in joining CLIFF and some of the skills you would like to develop or share, as well as a copy of your CV/resume.

CLIFF 2017 Toronto Festival

Join us in Toronto on November 10th, 2017 for the 9th annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)! We have a fantastic line-up of labour themed films from all over the globe. This year will be a one-night only event so don’t miss out! Audience members will get a chance to vote on this year’s winner of Best Canadian film.

Films will be shown at the Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street, Toronto, steps from College Subway Station). Doors open at 6:30pm and films screenings will start at 7:00pm. Admission is free, and free popcorn and drink vouchers for the first 20 attendees! Check out our FB event here.