“The Canadian Labour International Film Festival would like to acknowledge the contributions of unionized film crews and personnel in the creation of the films you are about to see.
It is important as we move forward in our struggles for equality that we recognize the creative industries: artists, camera operators, stage hands, screen writers, directors and many others – as workers with valuable and specialized skill sets, no different than our brothers and sisters working in the public service, heavy industry and manufacturing, agricultural work or health care.
At the same time CLiFF will continue to enable working people – including those for whom unionization is an aspiration if not an impossibility – to tell their stories.
Films screened as part of CLiFF have been made with participants from, or the support of:
The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
The Canadian Union of Public Employees
The National Film Board of Canada
The Writers Guild of Canada
The Directors Guild of Canada
The American Federation of Teachers
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation
The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union
The United Steelworkers
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
The Freelancers Union
and many more.”
Thanks to the CLiFF Hamilton Committee for formulating this statement.