CLIFF 2017 Draws to an End!

The 2017 CLIFF season has come to an end and we would like to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to all our wonderful board members, volunteers, financial donors and sponsors, location coordinators, and attendees for making it a truly successful festival!

In addition to our near full house attendance in Toronto on an abnormally frigid Friday night in early November, this year saw CLIFF screenings and events organized in over 20 cities across Canada, including: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Ottawa, Sudbury, Halifax and more!

We are also pleased to announce our 2017 film award winners!

  • Best-in-Festival Award: The Chop (United Kingdom, Director: Lewis Rose)
  • Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award: Bitter Grapes: Slavery in the Vinyards (Denmark, Director: Tom Heinemann)
  • Best Canadian Film: The Echoes of Chloe Cooley (Canada, Director: Andrea Conte)

Congratulations to all the winners who will each be receiving a cash prize to help support them in making more excellent films!

The CLIFF board will be taking a well-deserved break but will be back at it in January 2018 as we plan for our tenth year! Make sure to stay tuned for details!

Finally, in case you missed it….we are in search of volunteers to join our board of directors! If you are interested in joining the team, let us know! You can check out the full posting here.

And make sure to check out Talking Radical podcast where board members Scott MacDonald and Navjeet Sidhu were interviewed by Scott Neigh and discuss all things CLIFF!

On behalf of our awesome team (Lorene, Frank, Scott, Abbas, Deedee, and Navjeet) thank you again and see you in 2018!

In solidarity,


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.

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.

2016 Locations across Canada (with Location Coordinators)

Program KindLocationProv./Terr.VenueSponsorShow TimesShow DatesCoordinatorEmail
FIABSudburyONUSW Local 2020, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, ON P3E-1C8 Women of Steel- USW Local 202025 or 26 November, 2016Terri
FIABWindsorONWindsor Workers Education CentreWindsor Workers Education Centre & WDLC20 November, 2016Frank
Goodwin's WayVancouverBCMartime Labour CentreVancouver and District Labour ConcilJoey
FIABLondonONUniversity of Western Ontario (North Campus Building)University of Western Ontario1:30 PMNov. 14 + Nov. 15, 2016Johanna
Lunch SpecialGuelphONTBAUniversity of Guelph/Sky DiggersScott
FIABFort SmithNTFort Smith Recreation Centre, King StreetUnion of Northern WorkersLauraine
Lunch Special
SudburyONSudbury Labour Council + Sudbury Hot Docs FestivalPaul
FIABEdmontonABPSAC Regional Office
10665 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3S9
Public Service Alliance of Canada Area Council6:30 pm to 8:30 pmNov 17th, 2016Karoline
FIABWinnipegMBPublic Service Alliance of CanadaPSACAlex
FIABPeterboroughONPeterborough and District Labour CouncilPeterborough and District Labour CouncilStephanie
FIABNorth BayONOPSEU Membership HallOPSEURob
FIABTorontoONOPSEU Regional OfficeOPSEUKingsley
FIABYellowknifeNTUNW Training RoomsNorthern Territories Federation of LabourTBDTBDAlexander
Rand Formula +
Goodwins Way
New WestministerBCPRIVATE SCREENINGNew Westminister & District Labour CouncilCathy
FIABHalifaxNSBus Stop TheatreMayworksSebastien
FIABLethbridgeABLethbridge Public Library - Main Branch - Theatre GalleryLethbridge and District Labour Council7pm14 November, 2016Shannan
FIABDeltaBCUnion Hall, Canadian Airways Lodge 764, 7980 River Road Richmond BCIAM Local 764?09 November, 2016Leanne
FIABEdmontonABHSSA Edmonton Office- 18410- 100 Avenue, Edmonton, ABHSSA EdmontonKim
Tailored ProgramScarboroughONUTSCGlobal Youth Impact23 November, 2016Hana
FIABFonthillONETFO Niagara Occasional TeachersTBDTBDMark
FIABCharlottetownPECUPE Local 1870CUPE PEI + PEI Federation of LabourLeo
FIABSurreyBCCupe 402 Union OfficeCupe 4025:30PM24 November, 2016Aman
Goodwin's WayMaple RidgeBCCinema Politica Ridge MeadowsCinema Politica Ridge Meadows7:00 PM17 November, 2016Verity
FIABEdmontonABTBABlack Cat PressGail
FIABBarrieONETFO Office, 351 King Street, Unit #3, Barrie ONBarrie Labour Council15 November, 2016Anita
Rand Formula + Goodwin's WayEdmontonABAUPEJordan
FIABOttawaONPSAC HQ233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa7:00 PM02 December, 2016Wasim
A Living WageWashagoONNorth Simcoe Muskoka and District Labour Council10 November, 2016Doris
FIABCalgaryABUFCW Local 410, 46 Hopewell Way, CalgaryUFCW Local 410TBATBACam
FIABCalgaryABPSAC Calgary Area Council, #302, 301-14th Street NW, CalgaryPSAC Calgary Area CouncilTBA22 November, 2016Alec
Canada's Rand FormulaCalgaryABPSAC Calgary Area Council, #302, 301-14th Street NW, CalgaryPSAC Calgary Area CouncilTBA25 November, 2016Alec
Goodwin's WayVancouverBCPSAC WFVAC and PSAC Human Rights Committee's24 November, 2016Jennifer Chieh