2019 Press Release

11th Annual Canadian Labour International Film Festival

02 August, 2019

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) begins its tenth anniversary celebrations by kicking off Labour Film month this November. Since 2009, CLIFF has been screening films about workers, the conditions under which they live and work, and related social justice issues, in over 130 locations across Canada.

Each year CLIFF relies on a vast network of labour allies who plan and host screenings with our innovative Festival-in-a-box and Lunch Special packages. “It’s so easy to continue being a part of the film festival and host a local event,” said Jeff Bate Boerop, Fredericton CLIFF location coordinator. “We really enjoy the opportunity to get the local labour and community activists together to plan and attend our screening.”

Twenty-five Canadian and international films have been selected for this tenth annual festival from the hundreds submitted. CLIFF is a not-for-profit film festival and operates on the generosity of many donors, particularly Canadian labour unions. As in previous years, CLIFF will award a series of cash prizes of $500 to filmmakers in a number of categories. These awards include the CLIFF Best-in-Festival Award, the Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award (named in memory of CLIFF’s late board member and long-time labour activist, Miguel Cifuentes), and Best Canadian film which will be chosen by Toronto audience members.

“We’re extremely excited to be celebrating CLIFF’s 10th year,” said Frank Saptel, festival founder and Toronto-based CLIFF Director. “Our festival continues to grow every year, whether it’s with a barrage of film submissions, more screenings being organized across the country, or with more people coming out to watch these incredible films that ignite thought, discussion, and action!”

Check www.labourfilms.ca to find a screening near you.

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For information contact:
Michelle LeBlanc, CLiFF Board Member

Canadian highlights:
Canadian films listed here