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Submissions for 2022

Welcome to our new season! Submit your film now!

Submission Deadline: 31 May 2022

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) features films made by, for, and about the world of work and those who do it, across Canada and around the world. The films we showcase are about unionized 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 Canada and internationally.


We are looking for films that fall on a wide spectrum of labour and worker issues. Send us your films about young workers, Indigenous workers, immigrant workers, refugees, detainees, health and safety issues, stories of resistance, labour art, poetry, 2SLGBTQI+ folks, taxi drivers, truck drivers, rickshaw drivers – anyone who does anything considered work. We encourage submission of projects that portray any and every aspect of work, as well as any issues affecting work or workers. We also encourage the widest possible variety of films formats: from documentaries to drama to poetry and poetic treatments to comedy and animation.


The generous support of our many donors allows CLiFF to pay artist fees and provide several cash prizes for our award winning films. This is an excellent opportunity for filmmakers of all experience levels to build an audience for their films and help fund further works.



  • The Festival is open to all film and video makers.
  • Films must regard some aspect of work or issues that affect work or workers.
  • The Festival accepts films 60 minutes or shorter, exclusively.
  • Films and videos must be in English or have English subtitles. French subtitles are also accepted (and encouraged).
  • Entries should be produced between 2019 and 2022.
  • Films must be submitted through There is a $1.28 CAD entry fee.

Preference will be given to films not yet widely distributed.


Please be advised that if films do not meet the criteria for entry into our festival, they will immediately be DISQUALIFIED.


CLiFF screenings are free for audiences in order to ensure that the films are seen by and accessible to as many people as possible.


Please note that your film may be shown at one or more of our festival locations across Canada in the month of November 2022.

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