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:
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!
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
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
CLiFF is now accepting submissions via FilmFreeway.com.
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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
24 November, 2014
REPORT ON SANDA FILM SCREENING
“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
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
** For Immediate and Wide Distribution **
“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
Hello to all Location Co-ordinators,
here are the ballots for voting for CLiFF Best-in-Festival. Please download and print enough to give to your audience members so they can vote. Instructions are on the ballot.
This is a generic Ballot to suit any Location. All audience members have to do is write in the names of films they have watched and then give them a score from 1 – 10.
For Immediate Release – 04 November, 2014
Toronto – The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) announced today that they have finalised details for a special screening for South Korean film SANDA (Surviving). This screening will feature filmmaker Mi-Re Kim, who travelled from South Korea.