Submissions 2015


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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!

island of shadows

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:

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


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


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.



한국 다큐멘터리 “산다” 2014 캐나다 국제 노동 영화제 (CLiFF) 초청

05 November, 2014, For Immediate Release

2014 캐나다 국제 노동 영화(CLiFF) 주목할 만한 영화로

한국 다큐멘터리 <> 초청

  • 11월 22일(토), 오후2시 ~ 5시
  • 노스욕 시빅센터 카운슬 챔버스 (5100 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M2N5W4)

살기 위해 일하나? 일하기 위해 사나? 란 질문을 던지며 한국 근로자들의 삶 속으로 들어간 다큐멘터리 영화가 토론토에 온다. 2014 캐나다 국제 노동영화제 Canadian Labour International Film Festival(CLiFF)는 주목할만한 영화로 한국 다큐멘터리 영화 “<산다: Surviving>”를 선정하고 토론토에서 한인커뮤니티를 주 대상으로 하는 상영회를 별도로 연다.  Continue reading