Seeking Directors…of the Board!

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.

Film List 2017

Film List 2017


Project Title Duration Minutes Country of Origin Language Synopsis
A passion of gold and fire 6 Belgium French A beekeeper shares his worries about the future of his apiary school. A passion of gold and fire which definitely helps our environment to keep on living.
Bitter Grapes – Slavery in the vineyards 57 Denmark Afrikaans, Danish, English, Swedish 22 years after Apartheid regime’s fall, this is still the reality in many of South Africa’s vineyards. In just ten years, imports of South African wine to Denmark increased by more than 78%. In Sweden South African wine is the number top three seller:   “For me personally, it seems as if modern day slavery is practised on many farms, and the farmworker is almost viewed as “the property” of the employer”.
Garcon! 14.5 France Mathieu, serveur au restaurant de l’Abbaye, va devoir faire face au pire client qu’il lui ait jamais été donné de servir !
Huicholes del Tabaco 10 Mexico Most of the tobacco production in Nayarit, Mexico goes to companies like British American Tobacco and Philip Morris international, that despite their billions of dollars in earnings they haven’t taken responsibility for these workers, that even when they work from 20 to 22 hours per day, very often don’t have enough money to buy food for the rest of the week.
Introduction to Workers’ History; 5 Part Animated Series
39.5 Canada English The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, with our partners Jeff Allen Videos and Cut and Paste Design, produced a 5-part animated video series introducing viewers to working-class history.
My Friend Ivor 8 United Kingdom English Two friends from small Polish village, Piotr (60) and Ivor (45), embark on a journey to England being promised a job and better life. But soon their hopes are shattered: they’ve been lured by Roma’s gang to do slavery work with no chance to escape.
Necessity Has No law 6 Egypt Arabic Day in the life of one of the brick factories and numerous positions between child workers begin his life in this profession and between an old man end his life in the same profession
Nobody Dies Here 23.5 France French Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.
THE CHOP 17 United Kingdom English ‘The Chop’ is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.
The Devil of Jobs 2 United Kingdom English A visit to the Jobcentre takes a dark turn when three job-hunters stumble upon the office of the mysterious Mr.Inferno. They soon discover that are no time differences in hell…
The Echoes of Chloe Cooley 8 Canada English The Echoes of Chloe Cooley tells the founding story of the Underground Railroad on the Niagara Frontier, and how the resistance of one woman created both, the first anti-slavery law in the British Empire, and the first refugee movement to Canada. This film was made on an iphone.
The Fisherman of Lesbos 5 Canada The memories of the shipwrecks hunts Pinteris and the rest of the fishermen. More than 5,000 asylum-seekers have perished in the Mediterranean Sea only in 2016, the highest number in recent years. Greek filmmaker Nikolia Apostolou introduces us to Lesbos fishermen on the front lines.
The Lost Childhood 4.5 India Hindi All children are not fortunate enough to enjoy their childhood, for some the basic and mere privilege’s becomes a dream, and this friction story revolves around a boy who instead of having a school bag over his shoulder carries the burden of a garbage bag, and desire for a normal life knowing that it is next to impossible he continues to battle for his life.
The Orange Story 17.5 United States English February 1942. President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the forced “relocation” of 120,000 ethnic Japanese from their homes and into incarceration camps throughout the U.S. Koji Oshima is the proud owner of a small corner grocery store, but he must now abandon everything and report to an assembly center.
touch 15 Canada English When a single mom, facing eviction, is offered a night’s work, she unsuccessfully seeks a babysitter for her two small children. Desperate, she reaches out to the last person she wants to ask for a favour.

Special thanks to CLiFF 2018 sponsors:

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.