CLiFF is now accepting film submissions for the November 2016 festival!

Please read the information below before submitting. Once you are ready, go ahead and click on this link to submit through CLiFF’s FilmFreeway page:

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CLIFF tells the stories of workers (both paid and unpaid) and is the stage and the voice of those who seek justice on the job and dignity in the workplace.

Our festival provides a national platform to showcase those stories which have been made into films, but cannot find an audience beyond the film makers’ own circle of influence. We give filmmakers exposure across Canada and also help to direct community attention towards labour films made in the past that represent stories that deserve a wider and current audience.

Awards & Prizes

The CLIFF Best-in-Festival Award goes to the film judged to be the best in the festival by audiences during the Toronto festival and is announced after votes have been tabulated. This prize has a cash value of $500.00 CAD.

The Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award has been created in memory of CLIFF’s late board member and a longtime labour activist, Miguel Cifuentes, who passed away in 2014. The award goes to the film that best reflects his passion for social justice and commitment to social change. The winning film is chosen by Miguel’s family and is announced after the final screening in November. This prize has a cash value of $500.00 CAD.

Rules & Terms

CLIFF features films made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionized workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers. The festival draws trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.


We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of labour and worker issues, including films about: privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.

We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.

  • The Festival is open to all film and video
  • The Festival is open to all lengths but there is a strong preference for shorter
  • Films and videos must be in English or have English French subtitles are also accepted (and encouraged).
  • Entries should be produced between 2013 and Preference will be given to films not yet widely distributed.


Submissions must be received no later than May 31, 2016.

If your submission is accepted:

TWO COPIES of each submission will be required. We keep submissions as part of our Labour Film Library, which we will use for on-going educational work. You may submit the entry form electronically, by mail or fax prior to shipping media and other materials.

You will be asked to deliver an MPEG 2 or MPEG 4 file at a specific bit rate for our duplication service. Please note that your film may not be screening in Toronto, but might at one or more of our other numerous locations across Canada.

You will be asked to provide a trailer and photos for the film.

Submission Fee and Screening Fees

CLIFF does not charge filmmakers any submission fees, nor do we pay filmmakers any screening fees. CLIFF screenings are free for audiences in order to ensure that  the films are seen by and accessible to as many people as possible.
In solidarity,

CLIFF Board of Directors