Poster Template for Location Co-ordinators

Hello to all Location Co-odinators,

thanks again for hosting a CLiFF Location and being part of this national labour education collaborative effort. Participating in CLiFF is a powerful way to spread the message of workers and worker justice through the powerful medium of film/video. We appreciate your solidarity.

Some of you have been asking for a poster template and here it is. The files are in MicroSoft Word and RTF formats. If you have any trouble using the files, please let us know. We are also attaching the header graphic and the Wheelchair Accessible logo.

In solidarity

CLiFF 2014 Board of Directors

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SANDA – Special Screening

CLiFF is proud to have a special screening of Sanda, the story of Korea Telecom workers

Sanda (Surviving)
Mire Kim. Korean with English subtitles. 93:00. Korea.
Sanda chronicles the daily lives of a group of middle-aged workers in Korea Telecom, revealing that sometimes living can be reduced to scraping by. This timely documentary also serves as a window into the labour movement in contemporary Korea.


Co-Sponsored by CLiFF • HOPE21 • Munk School of Global Affairs, Centre for the Study of Korea at the Asian Institute, University of Toronto • Workplace Learning and Social Change, OISE/University of Toronto • Toronto Korean Film Festival

Saturday, 22 November, 2014
Council Chambers, North York Civic Centre,
5100 Yonge Street, M2N 5V7 Toronto
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location Coordinators – Choong-ho Park, Jihye Chun, Jin Choi, Yukyung Kim-Cho, Kiran Mirchandani

There will be a panel discussion and a Q&A with the filmmaker, Mi Re Kim after the screening.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC • (Wheelchair accessible)

2014 Selections for the Canadian Labour International Film Festival

We are pleased to announce the selections for CLiFF 2014. While we may have waited a longer than we normally would, we think it was worth it. The stories we will share with Canadians (and many others) are stories not often available to be heard or seen. We are thrilled to bring these valuable films to a wider audience. We hope you enjoy them and are inspired enough to tell your own stories.

Over the next few days, we will share more information on which films make the cut in Festival-in-a-Box and The Lunch Special. We will also highlight some films with photos and trailers as provided by the filmmakers. Stay tuned, there’s lots more to come. In Solidarity – CLiFF Board of Directors

P.S. If you’d like to host a CLiFF 2014 Location,
please visit:

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Call for Submissions – CLiFF 2014

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is proud to release our Call for Submissions for 2014.

CLiFF 2014 Call for Submissions Films due 30 June, 2014
The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting).

CLiFF 2013 Call for Submissions 
Films due 30 June, 2013
) (or download the form here)

About the Film Festival
CLiFF features film and video made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, in Canada and internationally. The films we showcase are about unionised workers, as well as those not represented by unions. We encourage projects regarding any and every aspect of work, as well as issues affecting work or workers.
The festival draws trade unionists, community members, youth, activists, students, educators, artists, and allies from across North America and one day, we hope, the world.

We are looking for films on a wide spectrum of issues. We seek films about privatization, youth, First Nations people, people of colour, immigrants, refugees, detainees, health and safety, resistance, art, poetry, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work.
We also encourage the widest possible variety of films: from documentaries to drama to poetry/poetic treatments to comedy and animation.
• The Festival is open to all film and video makers.
• The Festival is open to all lengths but there is a strong preference for shorter works.
• Films and videos must be in English or have English subtitles. French subtitles are also accepted (and encouraged).
• Entries should be produced between 2011 and 2014.
• Works in progress are ineligible (except by recommendation of the Selection Committee).

Submissions must be received no later than 30 June, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged and appreciated. TWO COPIES of each submission are required. We keep submissions as part of our Labour Film Library, which we will use for on-going educational work. You may submit the entry form electronically, by mail or fax prior to shipping media and other materials.

CLiFF will notify entrants of acceptance via email, by 31 August, 2014.

Special Calls
In addition to our open-call where we look at anything and everything, the Festival is especially looking for: Flash features, micro documentaries, archival oddities and cell phone video submissions under 5 minutes in length. Accepted formats include DVD, VHS, Quicktime, .AVI, Flash. If you wish to be considered by the CLiFF Selection Committee, mark the appropriate place on the submission form. Open to all.

Technical Guidelines
• Two copies of each entry in DVD. Alternatively, VHS will be accepted in NTSC format (PAL with prior notice only).
• DVDs must be region-1 or “region-free”.
• Do not send masters unless asked to do so.
• Multiple entries are accepted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and submission disc.
• All discs must contain only the movie being submitted, cued to the front of the disc. In other words, do not submit discs containing more than one entry or with material other than the movie being submitted.
• Preview discs must be labelled with title, running time and contact information. Poorly labelled material is difficult to work with.
• The entrant is responsible for all shipping fees.
• Entries from outside of Canada must be clearly labelled: “Festival submission, for cultural purposes only. No commercial value”. The Festival will refuse any submission with customs duties owing. Note: Preview VHS and DVDs will not be returned although applicants are invited to pick up all preview materials in person after the festival.

Publicity Materials
If you submit a movie please send, TRAILERS, STILL PHOTOS and BIOGRAPHIES on a separate disk. The sooner you send us photos the better the chances they will be used in publicity materials. All other documents (in Microsoft Word, RTF or plain ASCII text format) or photos (in JPEG or TIFF format) may be submitted via email (if overall file size is less than 5 MB). For larger file sizes submit via CD mailed to the address below.

To avoid damage to any materials shipped, please use bubble wrap mailers or boxes when mailing submissions. Please label all media with the title and date of the work. Note: Shipping costs are the sole responsibility of the owner/distributor. Our staff will take every precaution in handling all films and videos. However, CLiFF cannot accept or assume responsibility for damage to, or loss of, materials submitted. CLiFF will consider paying for the cost of shipping materials for international or youth entries. Please contact us via email to make your request.

Final Delivery
If your film or video is selected, you will be asked to deliver an MPEG 2 or MPEG 4 file at a specific bit rate for our duplication service. Please note that your film may not be screening in Toronto, but might at one or more of our other numerous locations across Canada.

Submission Fee and Screening Fees
There are no submission fees. CLiFF screenings are free, so we do not charge for entrance as we believe these films should be seen by as many people as possible. We therefore do not pay screening fees.

Submission Address
Submissions should be addressed to:
Canadian Labour International Film Festival
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 707,
North York ON
M3C 1Y8

In solidarity
CLiFF Board of Directors
February, 2014


About the CLiFF Selection Committee
The CLiFF Selection Committee believes in justice at work and society in general. We actively resist racism, elitism, classism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, ableism, ageism and transphobia. The Selection Committee hopes to foster healthy communities built on fairness at work and at all levels of society. Visit our website: or write to

Download the Submission Form and the Call for Submissions from our website at:

Looking for Directors (for the Board, that is)‏

Are you passionate about film, workers’ struggles, activism or all three? If you said yes please join us, the CLiFF Board of Directors.

What is CLiFF?

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is a publicly attended free film festival, which is national in scope. The first iteration of CLiFF was held in 2009 across Canada in nine provinces and all three territories.

The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from across Canada.

We are currently recruiting for people with any of the following experience:

  • individuals from Atlantic Canada, Northern Canada, Quebec, Western provinces
  • individuals with event planning experience
  • individuals with fundraising experience.
  • individuals with no fear of using computers
  • did we mention that you should have a passion for labour justice?

Directors commit 3-5 hours per week and get to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate and committed to the success of CLiFF.

Volunteers are also warmly welcomed.

Volunteers are also needed to promote and run the Toronto location of the film festival held in November, 2015.

Please forward all inquiries to: 

See you soon!

All CLiFF Screenings Are Free

All CLiFF screenings are free at all times. There may be times when you are asked to bring a food item to be donated to a local food bank or needy organisation, but you will not be turned away.

The idea behind it being free is not have any barriers to seeing the great films made by filmmakers who dedicate themselves to tell the stories of workers.

CLiFF screenings will be FREE at all times!

2013 Film List

Ann Kore Moun – Solidarite se chimen devlopman
2012 • 35 Minutes • Haitian Créole (English subtitles)
Directed by André Vanasse
What are unions for? Haitian union leaders explain the role of unions and why civil society is necessary for a country to develop itself. The documentary shows unions in action, in different sectors of society like the peasantry, schools, hospitals, transportation, municipal services, garment factories In Haiti’s free zones. Social protection, public services and the necessity of the rule of law are also discussed.

Bad Jobs Are Making Us Sick
2013 • 8 Minutes • English
Directed by Naseema Dar, Mofazzal Hoque, Sheila Htoo, Pinky Paglingayen, Julie Chamberlain
This short story of insecure work and health brings together the experiences of many hardworking racialized newcomers in Toronto. The community-produced film draws on research from the Black Creek area to bring to light real stories of how insecure jobs and discrimination affect the health of individuals and families.

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CLiFF 2013 Submissions deadline extended!

Hello all,

We hope you are all having a happy and healthy summer. We, at CLiFF, aren’t taking a break, but moving ahead with preparations for our 5th Annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival.

We have been receiving films fast and furious over the last week or so. Just this morning, we received FOUR!

As a result, we have decided to extend our Submissions Deadline to 15 July, 2013. We hope this will allow all those who haven’t had a chance, to submit your films for this year.

Submit your information online or download the form:

Don’t forget to send us your DVD and stills/trailers on a separate disc.

See you in November – all across Canada!


In solidarity
CLiFF Board of Directors

Submissions Module launched

screenshot_CLiMB_submissionsCLiFF has launched their new Submission Module. Filmmakers will be able to submit all their information electronically and see their entries from previous years too!

The Module is part of the Canadian Labour International Movie Base (CLiMB), which is the massive database envisioned for numerous purposes. Follow us and find out out more as we develop newer modules.

Filmmakers can submit films here.