The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity and New York's only labor film festival. The Festival aims to showcase student and professional films from the United States and around the world which publicize and highlight the struggles, successes and daily lives of all workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. The organizers are deeply connected to and support both the American labor movement and the fight of all workers around the globe to achieve lives filled with respect for their rights and dignity on the job.

This is the Eighth Annual Workers Unite Film Festival - NYC Celebrates Global Labor Solidarity! Our Festival is scheduled between the 100th anniversary of the success of the "Bread and Roses" strike in Lawrence, MA., the 101st anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, a rallying point for organizing American workers and May Day, the international workers day of unity. The Fifth Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be held for over several weekends in May at the historic downtown Manhattan movie theater, Cinema Village, as well as other labor union and community group auditoriums throughout the city.

We seek to join forces with our working brothers and sisters from around the world, both organized in existing unions and those currently fighting to organize for their workplace rights. Our goal is to broadcast our stories of struggle and victory around the mainstream media that often pretend that we - the 99%, count for less than the celebrities and corporate titans normally showcased in those mainstream media outlets.

We ask all workers, whether part of a union or part of the recent union survival struggles across the USA, to send us their stories. We will have categories for narrative and documentary films, from around the world and will have space to showcase student and professional levels of accomplishment in features, shorts (under 50 minutes) and "films from the front lines," (under 15 minutes)

We will hold special screening days for "Films From the Front Lines," for short films highlighting recent ant-union attacks across the USA and how American workers have successfully fought back. Frontline Films will also feature 5 minute short films from workers attending the Labor on Film classes at The Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies/Empire State College/SUNY.
We plan to have special nights of short films and speakers on as many recent organizing drives as we can. We hope to link our recent struggles and victories in the USA to the global fight of all workers seeking justice, fairness and equality across all borders.

Two prizes are given in each category, for best of category and honorable mention.

By submitting my film, you agree to allow your film to be screened at the Workers Unite Film Festival if accepted.

Workers Unite Film Festival, Inc. is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. All statements you have made in this online document form are true, and you certify that you have cleared all rights for this film and understand that no officers, employees, or agents of the Workers Unite Film Festival, Inc. can be held liable for the contents of or damage to the film.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Workers Unite Film Festival, Inc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Maja Ramirez

    I exchanged many emails with the "worker bees" at WUFF because I was unclear on the timing, but everyone involved was concerned for keeping me in the loop and was very kind. I won Best Screenplay, received a cash award via PayPal (the biggest surprise since
    I was on the lookout at the mailbox for a physical check!).
    I will definitely submit another script next year - Say! Maybe THAT's how I'll make it to New York!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Maja! We loved your work and the judges did too! We hope we see the film one day soon as well. We're always trying to make the festival better and more responsive. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

  • Morag Livingstone

    Great festival with international view as well! delighted to be there screening ...

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Morag! We couldn’t do anything without smart and dedicated truth tellers like yourself and you very important film, Belonging: The Thruth Behind the Headlines. Your film clearly shows the ongoing collusion between corporate mainstream media and the 1% types looking to gain total control.
    We are honored to show the results of your digging for the honest truth. Bravo!

  • Robert Phillips

    Such a fun festival in NYC. I highly recommend. Great spirit, value, and communication from the WUFF team. We are honored that our film, TEACHER OF THE YEAR, is a part of the 2018 program. WUFF is a multi-day festival with a lot of screenings, so it is probably difficult for their team to create networking opportunities or workshops for all filmmakers. However, the only minor critique I'll offer is that I wish there had been an opportunity (perhaps a more publicized event if they already do this) to meet with other filmmakers attending the festival, aside from the one other filmmaking team in our program. As a first-time filmmaker, I have really enjoyed engaging with veteran filmmakers at other festivals and learning from them, building community and connections. With that written, the overall experience was positive and rewarding. Keep up the great work with this fest!

    May 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Robert! We were honored to share your important and timely film here in NYC. Thanks as well for your excellent suggestion and we intend to hold an evening dedicated to our wonderful filmmakers and their teams so they can network and connect. Great point!!

  • Robert Seckler

    All was good. However, I would appreciate knowing how many entrants there were, and who took the top three places. Robert Seckler

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Robert,

    In general there are about 120 to 140 entries each of the last several seasons. If we have entries that meet the mark for three slots, we announce them all online on the website - some years we only have two really top notch entries in each category.

  • Giannis Vlahopoulos

    One of the best festivals in its kind.

    May 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Giannis! We appreciate your feedback!!