Festival-in-a-Box 2015

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is pleased to announce our innovative Festival-in-a-Box for 2015.

As a Location Co-ordinator, you can choose this line-up (more than 75% of all Location Co-ordinators do!) for your location. The programme is set for a two-hour span. Set a location, invite your audience and bring some popcorn. Leave the rest to us!

Stay tuned and see you at the movies! Below are brief descriptions of each selected film:

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North American Premiere: Living of the Pigeons @ Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2015

CLiFF is very pleased to co-present the North American premiere of ‘The Living of the Pigeons’ with the Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) and Mayworks Festival of Working People at this year’s TPFF.

The film will be screened on Sunday, September 27th at 2pm along with ‘Born in Gaza’ at the Jackman Hall cinema, located at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).


The Living of the Pigeons
Directed by Baha Abu Shahab
17 minutes, 2015, Palestine
Tickets & more info: please visit the event listing here

About the film: It is 1:30am, the cold streets leading to “checkpoint 300” – the crossing between Bethlehem and Jerusalem – are empty and silent. A coffee seller and his father arrange their goods on wooden planks as they prepare for the arrival of hundreds of workers who descend on the checkpoint before the dawn to get to work. 

Final Selections for CLiFF 2015

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is pleased to announce its 2015 festival line-up.

After reviewing a record breaking number of films from more than 97 countries, the CLiFF Board of Directors and Selection Committee members have chosen the films which will be shown across Canada.

In the coming days, we will be posting stills and trailers from these amazing films so that our audiences can start planning to attend CLiFF screenings across the country.

Stay tuned and see you at the movies! Below are brief descriptions of each selected film:

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The Island of Shadows / 그림자들의 섬 @ Toronto Korean Film Festival 2015

CLiFF is extremely excited to co-present ‘The Island of Shadows’ with the Toronto Korean Film Festival on Sunday, May the 31st at 4pm at Innis Town Hall!

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The Island of Shadows
Directed by Kim Jeong Keun
98 minutes, 2015
Korean language, with English subtitles

About the film: South Korea’s world-class shipuilding industry has always been a buttress to the country’s booming economy. It is thus no surprise that Hanjin Shipyard was once a workplace charged with high energies, honor and community spirit. But today, it is a vessel of desolation and divisions. Labor relations are tense and unstable, some employees have committed suicide, and there is no end in sight for the ongoing strike. Funded by the 2011 ‘Bus of Hope’ project in support of the labor struggle, ‘The Island of Shadows’ explores the 30-year old darkness blanketing the shipyard, bringing to light the real struggles of individual goals and dreams against the power giants of the capitalist world.

For more information about the Toronto Korean Film Festival and how to purchase tickets for this screening, please visit: http://www.tkff.ca/2015theislandofshadows.html

Mayworks, LIFT & CLiFF present: Deux Jours, Une Nuit

Join us for a screening of ‘Deux Jours, Une Nuit’ (Two Days, One Night) at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May the 5th at the Alliance Francaise in Toronto (24 Spadina Road).


Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night)
Directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
95 minutes, 2013, PG
French language, with English subtitles
$10/ Pay What You Can

About the film: Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have brought an extremely relevant social inquiry and turned it into a powerful statement on community solidarity.

Co-presented by Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT).

Co-sponsored by  Alliance Française de Toronto – Centre culturel


Submissions 2015

CLiFF is now accepting submissions via FilmFreeway.com.

Please follow the link below to our online submissions page for further instructions on how to submit your film.

If you have any problems submitting,
please let us know at submissions@labourfilms.ca 

Radical Wollongong wins it all!

The verdicts are in! The big winner at CLiFF 2014 is ‘Radical Wollongong’!

The 8th annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), supported by Canadian trade unions, labour and community organizations, announced winners of its two award categories after the wrap up of the Toronto festival in November.

The Best-in-Festival Award & Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award winners were chosen from 21 films from 8 different countries.


This year’s audiences at the festival voted overwhelmingly in favour of Radical Wollongong. The Best-in-Festival Award comes with a cash prize of $1,000 CAD.  Continue reading

Report On Sanda Film Screening

24 November, 2014

“Sanda” (Surviving) Screening and Discussion Big Success

by Sanda Toronto Committee

A diverse group of more than 60 attended a unique film screening and discussion event at the North York Civic Centre last Saturday. The event started with Korean folk drumming which revved up the crowd, continued with an 83-minute film called Sanda (Surviving), and carried on a well-participated discussion which extended the program for 20 extra minutes. More than 40 people from the Civic Centre walked together in the rainy evening to a Korean restaurant a few blocks away.  Continue reading

“Sanda” (Surviving) Toronto – Korean labour documentary screening and discussion

“Sanda” (Surviving)
Toronto – Korean labour documentary screening and discussion

Saturday, 22 November 14:00–17:00.
North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers.
5100 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5V7

Directed by Mi-re Kim, an award winning Korean documentary filmmaker, SANDA (Surviving) is the story of Korea Telecom (KT) workers forced into “voluntary” early retirement by KT, they refuse to take it and are transferred to branches far away from home. Traveling 3-4 hours daily, assigned to ridiculous tasks they can hardly cope with and ostracized by co-workers, however, the workers rise to fight back! Continue reading