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 11th 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 Eleventh Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be held from October 7th to 21st - 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.

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
  • There's a lot to love and admire about this fantastic festival, including their celebrated theme and commitment to bringing important issues to light through cinema. While I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, I was very impressed with their professionalism and excellent communication.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you David! We try our best with very limited resources.
    Glad to know it does help.

  • Charles Hall

    Workers Unite! Is a great festival. They provided a wonderful experience all around from communicating through the lead up to the festival and being supportive of our screening. As a festival experience it was a lot of fun. Many great films curated into blocks with plenty of time to enjoy Manhattan in between.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Charlie! We loved your film too and we were honored that you chose WUFF to show your film in NYC.
    We exist because talented filmmakers such as you and your wonderful team, keep making powerful films on topics often ignored by the corporate mainstream media.
    We look forward to showing more of your films in the future.

  • Adrian Prawica

    The festival was well organized, offering both in-person and virtual screenings which was great. Focused on films rather than a gala, one can immerse oneself into labor themed films and truly enjoy a festival that brings unique films to its audience. Thank you!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Adrian! We were especially cautious this season about group events and always want the focus on the films.
    Hopefully by next season we can return to more networking and at least one party event.

  • talia lugacy

    We were so stoked to play at WORKERS UNTIE. They were extremely supportive, communicative and so keenly sensitive to the film. The short film they picked to play beforehand was the perfect choice!! The films went together so well and the audience loved it. The Q&A that followed was vibrant and thoughtful. Obviously the venue is badass - @CinemaVillage is an NYC classic fixture. Thank you to WORKERS UNITE FF for being awesome all around.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Talia!
    We were honored to help you share your important and powerful film. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience at WUFF.
    We wish you continued success as your film premieres on HBO! Congratulations!

  • Sikivu Hutchinson

    I had a very positive experience with the programmers and coordinators of this festival. They communicated clearly and cosistently and provided our film (featuring older Black and Latinx actresses who are seldom given self-determining, feminist protagonist roles) with a great platform for visibility. Ms. Lindauer also worked with me to resolve technical challenges that we faced working on a shoestring budget. I highly recommend this festival for its high quality and commitment to amplifying progressive politics and workers' rights.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sikivu! We were really thrilled to see you in the festival this year and appreciate your positive work ethic on any issues that developed.
    Your film and play are powerful and need to be seen. We are hoping to see your feature film too in the near future.