First of all, we cannot adequately express our thanks to all of the hardworking volunteers that helped to make our first CLiFF possible! Thank you all so much. This festival would not have happened without you.
When taking a quick look back of the events last November, we see that the Canadian Labour International Film Festival premiered at almost 50 different locations across Canada, including a few in the United States! What an amazing showing for our first try.
Awards at the Toronto CLiFF were handed out in two categories. The first award for Best in Festival – Toronto went to Tanaka-san will not do Calisthenics, a fantastic movie put together by Australian Maree Delofski about Tanaka-san; a worker at the Oki Electric Manufacturing Company 25 years ago when he refused to conform to militaristic working expectations.
The second award for Best Worker’s Health and Safety Film went to Toxic Trespass, which chronicles the journey of Barri Cohen as she launches an investigation into the effects of the chemical soup around us. The Worker’s Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) generously sponsored this award and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with them in the future.
This year’s festival is already shaping up to be bigger and better, but as usual we need the support of all our past volunteers and are looking forward to meet any and all newcomers that want to help out this time around. Volunteer sessions should start up again in May, just check our Get Involved page for the latest details! And if you did not have a CLiFF location near you last year and don’t want to miss out again this year, just contact us and we’ll gladly help you get started. Look for more information to come!