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 Ninth 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 Ninth Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be held from May 8th until May 25th, 2020, 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 40 minutes) and "films from the front lines," (under 10 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 in 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.

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  • The team at the Workers Unite Film Festival was very responsive and graciously accommodated the UberLand crew. If you're a labor filmmaker, WUFF should be on your radar!

    August 2019
  • Nicholas Farfan

    WUFF is a fantastic fest for films related to labor issues and worker's rights. The WUFF team are a wonderful group of people who are incredibly accommodating.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nicholas! We feel honored to have talented and dedicated artists such as yourself involved as part of the festival. We couldn’t do it without your work and help!

  • Josh Karan

    The Workers Unite Film Festival is the place to be for films portraying the challenges facing working people, and the social justice movements that have arisen to improve the conditions of work.

    I am honored that my film "Birth Of A Union" (https://vimeo.com/334179291) was selected to screen alongside other powerful, incisive portrayals of such struggles.

    Attendees got to view numerous little know films, and filmmakers got to network with one another at discussions of their films and exploration of how a larger audience can be reached.

    The staff was responsive and accommodating to both.

    Josh Karan
    Producer/Director
    Birth of A Union

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Josh! It was a pleasure to screen your film and to have your thoughtful participation in talkbacks. We love to have filmmakers involved who are interested in reaching folks to enlighten them about these important issues.

  • WUFF is a great film festival bringing attention to important & underdiscussed issues. Full Disclosure and Heartfelt Gratitude: my Sci-Fi script "EXABYTE" made the Top-5 in their screenplay competition.

    May 2019
  • L B

    A festival with a great cause and a great program. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend but communication was good. Thank you for having our film "The Mayor's Race" selected.

    May 2019