CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 AWARD WINNERS

THE BEATING HEART AWARD​

The Beating Heart Award recognizes a filmmaker from an equity-seeking group to help support these important voices in film. Women, non-binary, LGBTQ, persons of colour or Indigenous filmmakers are eligible for this award. The recipient is voted on by CLiFF Board members and the award includes a $100.00 CAD prize.

 

I Stand For Us is a social realist drama. When hotel cleaners are faced with unfair working conditions, Naomi works to unite the team in solidarity against destructive zero hour contracts.

LABOURSTART AWARD FOR WORKING CLASS SOLIDARITY

2020 was the first year we awarded the LabourStart Award for Working Class Solidarity and it recognizes the festival film that speaks the most to building worker-to-worker global solidarity. This award is funded by LabourStart and the recipient is voted on by the global executive of LabourStart. The award includes a $100 CAD prize.

 

Street Traders On the Move: On March 27th 2020, street vendors and market traders in South Africa were banned from operating under the country’s first COVID-19 lockdown. While restrictions were lifted, traders have struggled to resume work that was precarious long before the lockdown. In this short documentary, Johannesburg worker leaders Lulama Mali and Miriam Sibiya navigate the new reality and seek sustainable solutions for the city’s traders.

BEST CANADIAN FILM

The Best Canadian Film award recognizes the Canadian film which best meets CLiFF’s purpose of telling stories of workers, unionized and non-unionized, thorough film by sharing the voice of those who seek justice on the job and dignity in the workplace. This year’s award was voted on by Canadian festival attendees. This award includes a $100 CAD prize. The two co-winners of the 2021 Best Canadian Film are:

 

Justice & Dignity for All: Stories From the Struggle for Pay Equity For decades the sisters and brothers who delivered the mail in rural and suburban Canada were forced to work without any benefits — just like gig-workers today. No sick leave; no maternity leave; no holiday pay. They made less than minimum wage. The vast majority of them were women. Federal legislation made it illegal to form a union. Then CUPW entered the fight. CUPW is proud to share its latest documentary on the resolute persistence of these workers to organize, achieve rights and benefits, and to become an integral part of the union itself. This is the inspiring story of the sisters who struggled to gain the most significant pay equity settlement in Canadian history. In Justice and Dignity for All, you’ll relive that struggle, as these activists tell the story, in their own words, of the victories, defeats and setbacks and the persistence that comes from knowing your cause is just.

TREATY WALK – A Journey for Common Ground TREATY WALK – A JOURNEY FOR COMMON GROUND, follows a group of Indigenous elders, Healthcare Workers, and others as they embark on a two week long walking journey from Edmonton, Alberta/Treaty 6 Territory to Calgary, Alberta/Treaty 7 Territory. This motley crew of determined walkers explore together what it means to be treaty people, working and living on common ground. The journey has an emotional impact on many of the walkers who are healthcare professionals wanting to deepen their understanding of treaty and Indigenous ways of knowing. Together this group seeks to build broader coalitions for troubled times. In the spirit of the Cree Natural Law’s of kindness, honesty, sharing and strength they all walk to transform themselves and the communities they visit along the way. This award winning documentary short is produced together by Scott MacDougall of St. Paul Alberta and Dr. Patricia Makokis of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Directed, Filmed & Edited by Brad Leitch of Vancouver, British Columbia. This is filmmaker Pat Makokis and Brad Leitch’s second project together, completing the educational film TREATY TALK in 2018.

MIGUEL CIFUENTES RADICAL CHANGE AWARD

The Miguel Cifuentes Radical Change Award was created in memory of CLiFF’s late board member and a longtime labour activist, Miguel Cifuentes, who passed away in 2014. The award goes to the film that best reflects his passion for social justice and commitment to social change and is chosen by his family. This award carries with it a $100 CAD prize.

 

TREATY WALK – A Journey for Common Ground TREATY WALK – A JOURNEY FOR COMMON GROUND, follows a group of Indigenous elders, Healthcare Workers, and others as they embark on a two week long walking journey from Edmonton, Alberta/Treaty 6 Territory to Calgary, Alberta/Treaty 7 Territory. This motley crew of determined walkers explore together what it means to be treaty people, working and living on common ground. The journey has an emotional impact on many of the walkers who are healthcare professionals wanting to deepen their understanding of treaty and Indigenous ways of knowing. Together this group seeks to build broader coalitions for troubled times. In the spirit of the Cree Natural Law’s of kindness, honesty, sharing and strength they all walk to transform themselves and the communities they visit along the way. This award winning documentary short is produced together by Scott MacDougall of St. Paul Alberta and Dr. Patricia Makokis of Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Directed, Filmed & Edited by Brad Leitch of Vancouver, British Columbia. This is filmmaker Pat Makokis and Brad Leitch’s second project together, completing the educational film TREATY TALK in 2018.

BEST-IN-FESTIVAL AWARD

The CLiFF Best-in-Festival Award is the film judged by CLiFF Board members to be the best in the festival. This award carries with it a $100 CAD prize.

 

Do Nothing And Do It Well The true story of Melbourne’s radical Chinese cabinetmakers whose militant union defied racial stereotypes and struck fear into the White Australian establishment.