2011 Call for Submissions now available!

Hello all,
we have finished retooling our CLiFF Call for Submissions for 2011. We have received quite a few inquiries, so we thought we should release it sooner than later.

If you are not a film maker, kindly pass on this message to some you know who may be interested in submitting a film about workers, work, or issues affecting either.

Films due 30 June, 2011
The Selection Committee of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) invites you to submit your film or video for possible screening during our second Festival to be held this November in Toronto, Ontario and in 50 communities across the country (and counting).

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 thousands of 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, transgendered 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.

1 The Festival is open to all film and video makers.
2 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 sub-titles. French subtitles are also accepted (and encouraged).
3 Entries should be produced between 2008 and 2011.
4 Works in progress are ineligible (except by recommendation of the Selection Committee).

Submissions must be received no later than 30 June, 2011. 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 ongoing educational work. The entry form may be submitted by mail or fax prior to media and other materials being shipped.

Entrants will be notified of acceptance, via email, by 31 August, 2011.

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
1 Two copies of each entry in DVD/VHS – NTSC (or PAL with prior notice only).
2 DVD’s must be region-1 or “region-free”.
3 Do not send master tapes unless asked to do so.
4 Multiple entries are accepted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and submission tape or disc.
5 All tapes and discs must contain only the movie being submitted, cued to the front of the tape or disc. In other words, do not submit tapes or discs containing more than one entry or with material other than the movie being submitted.
6 Preview tapes and discs must be labelled with title, running time and contact information. Poorly labelled material makes it difficult for us to work with.
7 The entrant is responsible for all shipping fees.
8 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 DVD’s 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, via email, stills from the film. 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 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, Ontario
Canada M3C 1Y8


Download the entire Call for Submissions:

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: www.labourfilms.ca or write to info@labourfilms.ca

In solidarity

CLiFF Board of Directors
February, 2011