Category Archives: A: Labor Film Festivals (Inactive)


Night of Labour Film Shorts (2008)

Latest: May 1, 2008

2012 dates:

Founded: May 1, 2008




Kristyne Peter

+ 41 22 308 5031




Vermont Celebration of Labor Films


2012 dates:





Karen Lane and Ruth Ruttenberg


Barre, VT



9to5 Film Series (2010-2011)

Organized by 9to5 California

Looks like they did a series of screenings in 2010 and 2011, as well as flagged some labor videos on YouTube.


St Louis, MO: Labor Day Week 2015 Film Festival

September 9-10, 2015

Schedule includes: “Matewan” (9/9) and “Bread & Roses” (9/10) with “Show Me $15 Mini Doc”
Sponsored by Bread and Roses Missouri, University of Missouri Labor Studies and the St Louis Labor Council

(978) 309-9740


Canadian Labour International Film Festival

Latest: 2016 edition scheduled for November
: 2007
Venue: Multiple

Most recent: Behind the Fare
Directors: Mariam Zaidi and Loveleen Kaur
World premiere | 20 minutes | 2016 | English
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 @ 7 pm
Alliance Française de Toronto – Centre culturel
24 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario M5R2S7
Facebook event

Festival Synopsis: 
The world of labour has found it increasingly difficult to communicate its message as fewer and fewer people have greater control over the means of communication – the media. It is more important than ever that working people be able to tell their own stories in their own words and in their own images. With the wide availability of digital still and video cameras, camera-phones, and other tools, activists can now make their stories – but still find it difficult to exhibit their narratives.

416-970-CLIF (2543)



London International Labour Film Festival

Founded: 2009LondonIntlFilmFest
Latest: June 15-23, 2013; no updates since 2013 (checked 8/25/2015)
Contact: Mahmut Hamsici
Organized by: Socialist Women’s Union, ROJ Women’s Association, Democratic Women Movement in Europe, Refugee Workers’ Cultural Association, Kurdish Community Center, Turkish Education Group, Hundred Flowers Cultural Center, Hackney TUC, Halkevi, Reel News, Young Struggle.


Power of the People Labor Film Series

Below is the schedule for this Spring’s (2014) Power of the People Labor Film Series. All three films are scheduled for 7 p.m. in White Hall Room G09, on West Virginia University’s Downtown Campus in Morgantown, WV. As always, all films are free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014: 10,000 Black Men Named George (2002). Directed by Robert Townsend and featuring a strong cast including Emmy winners Andre Braugher and Charles S. Dutton, this film depicts the struggles of A. Philip Randolph and other activists to form the black-led Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in the 1920s.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Norma Rae (1979). Starring Sally Field, who won the Best Actress Oscar for the title role, and directed by Martin Ritt, this Oscar-nominated film focuses on the efforts of a young mother and leader at work to unionize a southern textile. It is a fictionalized version of the long and difficult battle to unionize the J.P. Stevens textile mill in North Carolina in the 1970s.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Cradle Will Rock (1999). Based on actual events, Cradle Will Rock recounts Orson Welles’s endeavors to stage a play about a steel strike in mid-1930s Manhattan, and the great resistance to suppress it. Weaving together radical politics with New Deal programs (such as the Federal Theater Project to which many historical figures in the film belonged) and a period of heightened labor unrest, it is directed by Tim Robbins and boasts a star-studded cast including Hank Azaria, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, Ruben Blades, Susan Sarandon, and Bill Murray.

Jason Kozlowski, Assistant Professor
Institute for Labor Studies and Research
West Virginia University
719 Knapp Hall
P.O. Box 6031
Morgantown, WV 26506-6031
(304) 293-5790


San Pedro (CA) Labor Fest

Latest: July 5-8, 2012

Founded: 2012

Synopsis: A celebration of Labor through Film, Art & Music in venues throughout Downtown San Pedro, featuring works by artists in and about the Labor Movement. All events are open to the public.

(310) 941-7395


Working for a Living: Labor on Film

UVM Film Series UVM-Labor-On-Film
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
January 23-April 17, 2014
NOTE: the series theme shifts each year so this is not an ongoing labor film series

A UVM Film and Television Studies faculty member will introduce the director and formal aspects of each film in a 30-minute lecture, and lead a post-screening Q + A for the audience. The UVM Film Series will take place at the Billings Lecture Hall.

Office Space (Mark Judge, 1999) January 23 / Pre-film Lecture 6 PM / Film Screening 6:45 PM
Salt of the Earth (Herbert J. Biberman, 1954) February 20 / Pre-film Lecture 6 PM / Film Screening 6:45 PM
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (Errol Morris, 1997) March 20 / Pre-film Lecture 6 PM / Film Screening 6:45 PM
The Front (Martin Ritt, 1976) April 17 / Pre-film Lecture 6 PM / Film Screening 6:45 PM

University of Vermont
Lane Series
322 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401


WWMP/COSATU Labour Film Festival (South Africa)

Workers’ World Media Productions Labour Film Festival 2013 2013.04.09_WWMP-COSATULFFpamphlet
: April 24-May 22, 2013
Founded: 2005
Venue: Various (11 centres and townships nationwide)
Click here to download leaflet with complete schedule and location info.