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 Tenth 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 Tenth Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be held from October 8th to 17th - 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.

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  • Jay Galione

    Premiering our documentary, The Great Postal Heist, at Workers Unite Film Festival 2020 was a milestone for our project. Andrew, Melanie, and the crew at WUFF were incredibly supportive and responsive to our ideas about making the premiere and live Q&A a success. Through their virtual festival we grew our audience by hundreds. And the crew at WUFF graciously took part in our panel and they continue to support our film today. The overwhelmingly positive WUFF experience was capped off at the end of the year with the honor of receiving their award for Best Documentary Feature.
    It’s refreshing that there’s a festival like WUFF dedicated to shining a light on the struggles of everyday people!

    February 2021
  • George Bogdanich

    I couldn't have been more pleased with organizers of the Workers Unite Film Festival. They supported our film in every way including a Zoom Q & A Panel. The festival was well organized and online viewers had access to a range of excellent films for an affordable price.

    November 2020
  • My first experience with the Workers' Unite Film Festival was in the spring of 2014, when my debut feature film "Truth Through A Lens" won that year's Best Documentary Feature Award. I was fresh out of film school, and to receive this accolade at the very beginning of my career did much to boost my confidence as I entered a very challenging industry. Over the years, the festival (and particularly its founder, Andrew Tilson), have been incredibly supportive of me through the ups and downs of my professional and creative journey. My most recent film, the documentary short "Sophia Dawson: PURPOSE" was chosen as an Official Selection at this year's festival, and it was just announced that it won Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short. I can't begin to express my gratitude to be a part of such a supportive and encouraging community, and I will always be thankful to Andrew and the entire Workers Unite team for their hospitality and the exposure they have given me and my work.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Justin!
    we are honored to highlight filmmakers of enormous talent and drive such as yourself. We look forward to working with you in the future and wish you continued success in your filmmaking career!

  • Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

    It was incredible to be part of Workers Unite Film Festival 2 years in a row, and I'm so grateful for their intentionality in sharing films with community organizations. Thank you Workers Unite for championing the films in your festival!

    November 2020
  • Cameron Laventure

    Such an honor to be recognized by a festival that centers the experience of working people. Wonderfully professional, great with communication, and thoughtful during a very difficult year for festivals. Thanks, WUFF, for a delightful digital festival experience!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Cameron.
    We are honored at WUFF to be able to work with and provide exposure to so many incredibly talented filmmakers such as yourself.
    We look forward to working together again in the future and wish you continued success with all your projects.