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CURRENT LABOR FILM FESTIVALS

As of April 6, 2021. Festivals in italics have not been confirmed as still being active. If you have info about a missing labor film festival — or updated info on one of those listed below — please email streetheat@dclabor.org

Barre, Vermont: Labor Film Night at the Socialist Labor Party Hall
Bilbao, Spain: LAN Festival audiovisual obrero
Bristol, South West England: Bristol Radical Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina: Construir Cine Film Festival
Canada: Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)
Dublin, Ireland: Dublin Workers Film Festival
Dublin, Ireland: Progressive Film Club
Dundalk, MD: Epic Moments In U.S. Workers’ History
East Lansing, Michigan: MSU Film Studies Series on “Work/Place” 
Glasgow, Scotland: GMB Glasgow General Apex Branch Labor Films

Haifa, Israel: Haifa International Labor Film Festival
Homestead, Pennsylvania: Battle of Homestead Foundation Movie Program
Honolulu, Hawaii: LaborFest Hawaii
Huntington, West Virginia: Blair 100 Labor Film Festival
Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir: Turkey International Labor Film & Video Festival
Liverpool, England: North West Labour Film Festival 
London, UK:
London Labour Film Festival
London, UK: London Socialist Film Co-op
Madrid, Spain: Muestra de Cine y Trabajo (Labor Film Program)
Malmö, Sweden: Nordic Labour Film Festival
Milan (Sesto San Giovanni), Italy: Labour Film Festival
Missoula, Montana: Montana Labor Film Festival
New South Wales, Australia:  Australian International Labour Film Festival
New York City, New York: Labor Goes To The Movies
New York City, New York: Workers Unite! Film Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Americans in Struggle
Pioneer Valley, MA: Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival
Rochester, New York:
Rochester Labor Film Series
San Diego, California: May Day Workers Film Festival
San Francisco, California: LaborFest International Working Class Film and Video Festival
Santa Cruz, Monterey & Santa Clara, California: Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival
Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Labor Film Festival
Sao Paolo, Brazil: Brazilian International Labour Film Festival
Seattle, WA: MayWorks
Taipei, Taiwan: Taiwan International Labor Film Festival
Tolpuddle, UK: Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival
Vicenza, Italy: Working Title Film Festival
Washington, DC:
DC Labor FilmFest 

 

Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

(April 7, 2021)
The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) is looking for submissions from filmmakers around the world.  For over a decade CLIFF has organized not only a multi-day festival in Toronto that celebrates workers, work, unions and the filmmakers’ art, but hundreds of large and small community events across Canada.  Last year the festival moved online and opened itself up to viewers from around the world.
 
This year is CLIFF’s 13th season.  And the second year that we will be awarding the LabourStart Prize for international solidarity to one or more films shown at CLIFF.   LabourStart is pleased to be associated with CLIFF and we’re doing our part to make 2021 its best year yet.
 
So if you are or know of a filmmaker who has produced a film with a focus on work, workers or trade unionism, please consider submitting a film to CLIFF.
 
More information about CLIFF and online submission guidelines and instructions can be found HERE.
 
And if you know of a labour-themed film festival please do let us know about it.  We’ll connect with them and do our best to help get the word out about their work.
 
Thanks.
 
See you at the movies.
                           
Eric Lee                                                             Derek Blackadder
LabourStart                                                         LabourStart Canada
 

#Blair 100 Labor Film Festival

Labor Film Festival planned for #Blair100

A one-day film festival will be held at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center at Marshall University in Huntington, WV on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, where selected films in each category will be screened as part of the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial event-series. Films will also be screened online for those who cannot be present at the event.
 
This labor-focused film festival aims to showcase films from Central Appalachia that highlight the struggles, successes, and daily lives of workers. Some themes or topics could be efforts to unionize, organizing for better living conditions, social justice, civil rights, wages & the company store, and many more. 

The Labor Film Festival is open to all High School/HomeSchool/Un-School students, College/University/Trade & Vocational students, and local filmmakers in Central Appalachia. Submissions are free. The deadline for entries is August 12th, 2021. Films can be documentary, fictional narrative, experimental, animation, or other but MUST be under 15 minutes. Overall, your film MUST creatively engage with labor – historically or in our contemporary moment. 

This film festival is made possible by Marshall University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Video Production Program in the College of Arts and Media, and is being presented as part of the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Events in partnership with the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.

You can read more details about the event and learn how to submit a film here

Admission to the labor festival is free. Help us spread the word about this event! Find the event on Facebook and on the #Blair100 website

Additional planning for Centennial events are underway. Check out our recent schedule of events release here, and stay up to date by regularly checking www.blair100.com or“liking” our Facebook page

Festival Lead Organizer: Tijah Bumgarner, tijah.bumgarner@gmail.com
 

Working Title Film Festival

Working Title Film Festival

Latest: October 1-5, 2019
Location: Vicenza, Italy
Founded: 2016
Website

Synopsis: Film festival about work, with a view to present independent audiovisual production about the world of work, and the several topics related to it, through original points of view and languages.
The goal is to offer visibility to not-mainstream audiovisual works and to the emerging cinema, building a network that links independent filmmakers and the audience.
The festival wishes to provide a contemporary point of view on the latest employment models and conditions, focusing not only on their negative aspects, and bond to precariousness, fragmentation, and a reduction of the workers’ rights, but also creative opportunities.

We are an independent festival, promoted by LIES – Laboratorio dell’inchiesta economica e sociale, an association active in the Veneto region (mainly in the cities of Padova and Vicenza) since 2011.

The 4th edition of the festival in 2019 featured an international competition of 20 films and with 30 hosts from 10 different countries besides Italy.

Artistic direction: Marina Resta; cinemare@gmail.com
Press office: Giulio Todescan; giulio.todescan@gmail.com

 
 

Bilbao, Spain: LAN Festival audiovisual obrero

Latest: November 21-23, 2019LAN labor filmfest-Bilbao-Spain

Founded: 2017

Venue: different locations in the city of Bilbao: Bilboarte, Bizkaia Aretoa and the Civic Center of San Francisco .

Contact: Itxaso Díaz, info@lanfestival.org

Website: http://www.lanfestival.org/

Facebook: @lanfestivalobrero

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in A: Labor Film Festivals

 

East Lansing, Michigan: MSU Film Studies Series on “Work/Place”

September 6-December 6, 2018MSU work-place film series
All the films are shown on Thursday nights at 7 PM in B122 Wells Hall on the MSU campus and are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of films and dates, check out the list at the website

FALL 2018: WORK/PLACE
The films programmed for this semester’s Film Collective explore intersections of labor and location. As residents of Michigan we all live, study, and work in a place that has been profoundly shaped by the history of industrial work and the labor movement. Our location offers a point from which to engage films, from around the world, that address how places have been defined, constructed, destroyed, or transformed by changing forms of work and by migrations of workers. The films include examples of workers stuck in place, of workers dislocated by global flows of capital, of spaces defined by gendered labor or by populations of guest workers not protected by the rights of citizenship. Forms of labor examined by the films include factory and agricultural labor, but also domestic, affective, and intellectual labor. The films may also reflect on the work of filmmaking itself—particularly in the labor-intensive fields of animation and digital effects.

FILMS:
9/6 9 to 5 (Colin Higgins, 1980)
9/13 Faces Places (Agnes Varda and JR, 2017)
9/20 Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)
9/27 The Solitary Life of Cranes (Eva Weber, 2008) and London (Patrick Keiller, 1994)
10/4 Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh, 2012)
10/11 The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
10/18 Baran (Majid Majidi, 2001)
10/25 The Coca-Cola Kid (Dušan Makavejev, 1985)
11/1 Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930)
11/8 Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears (Vladimir Menshov, 1980)
11/15 The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula, 2010)
11/29 The Red Road (Andrea Arnold, 2006)
12/6 The Hudsucker Proxy (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994)

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2018 in A: Labor Film Festivals

 

Dublin Workers Film Festival

October 20-21, 2017Dublin Workers Film Festival
at The New Theatre in Temple Bar

Cinema celebrating working people – solidarity with all those denied the right to work

For tickets & more information visit Facebook
facebook.com/workerfilmfest/
@workerfilmfest

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals

 

Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival

November 8-10, 2019
Western Massachusetts

Currently in the planning stage.

Pat Greenfield
patriciagreenfield@comcast.net

 
 

Americans in Struggle

Latest: Fall 2017, September 12 – November 21; see below for schedule

Founded: 20112017 Philly graphic

Contact:
John Dodds, Director, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
JDoddsPUP@aol.com
215-557-0822
www.Philaup.org
Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Keeping the Memory of Working-Class Struggle Alive in Philadelphia” (In These Times)

Venue: 2017 Season
Tuesdays at 6 PM
112 N. Broad St. 2nd Fl.
Films that document the struggles of Americans to win a just society!
Refreshments from 5:30 PM

Learn about some of the struggles the American people have waged over our history or continue to wage in order to expand our rights and make a more just society.

9/12- Fix it- Health Care at a Tipping Point– Documentary about the incredible drain in time and money that our multi-payer healthcare insurance causes on our system, advocating a single payer approach to health care.

9/26- A Class Apart- The little-known story of a band of underdog Latino lawyers who took a case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they successfully challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Latinos.

10/10- 13th – The journey from the end of slavery (13th Amendment) to the horrors of mass incarceration and the sprawling American prison industry

10/24- We have a Plan- With amazing parallels to the Bernie Sanders campaign, this is the story of socialist and author Upton Sinclair’s run for Governor of California during the Great Depression

11/7- The Time Has Come- A new sound sweeps over the Civil Rights movement as the call for Black Power emerges during a great march in Mississippi focusing on Dr. King and young Stokley Carmichael.

11/21 Mine Wars- The largest armed insurrection since the Civil War took place in WVA in the 1920s as miners fought to unionize and protect their families.
For more information contact Philadelphia Unemployment Project 215-557-0822

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, SAG-AFTRA, APM, PhilaPOSH, AFSCME DC 47, Neighborhood Networks, Coalition of Labor Union Women. For more information call 215-557-0822.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in A: Labor Film Festivals

 

Dundalk, MD: Epic Moments In U.S. Workers’ History*

EPIC MOMENTS IN U.S. WORKERS’ HISTORY 2016 (April-June)
CCBC-Essex 1:30-3:00 p.m.

April 13–The Factory Girls of Lowell Massachusetts in 1836
Daughters of Free Men
April 20–The 1877 Railroad Strike
1877: The Grand Army of Starvation
April 27–Homestead steel strike of 1892
The River Ran Red
May 4–Pullman car strike of 1894
Palace Cars and Paradise
May 11–The Uprising of the 20,000 in 1909
Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl
May 18–The textile workers national strike of 1934
The Uprising of ‘34
May 25–The Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37
The Great Sit-Down
June 1–The Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968
At The River I Stand
June 8–The Brookside Mineworkers strike of 1972
Harlan County, USA
The P-9 strike against Hormel in 1985-86
American Dream

The Community College of Baltimore County
Bill Barry—instructor
bbarry@ccbcmd.edu
(410) 426-3966

* This is a class, not a festival, but it has many similar elements and may be useful for those organizing either labor film festivals or labor film classes