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21-Apr-2014 12:10am PDT  

 

Workers Unite Film Festival

3 Annual May 09, 2014 to May 17, 2014

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PO Box 1525
Radio City Station
New York NY 10101-1525
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Phone: 646-455-2225
Fax: 646-328-4559
info@workersunitefilmfestival.org
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Narrative, Feature
Fictional Films from around the world that tell the stories of working people, their lives and their efforts to organize.
Narrative Shorts
Fictional Films of Workers Lives under 50 minutes run-time
Documentary Features
Real life stories about workers and their right to organize from around the world. Over 60 minutes.
Documentary Shorts
Real life stories of working people under 50 minutes.
Films From the Front Lines
Films from 3 minutes to 30 minutes dealing with current labor struggles, either in the USA or globally. This category also covers daily life struggles involved with current anti-union campaigns, or worker's fight to survive in a tough economy.
Working Lives Screenplay Competition
Open screenplay competition for stories about working people and their lives and struggles to organize.
Global stories gladly accepted.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Workers Unite Film Festival is a celebration of Global Labor Solidarity. 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 unorganized workers to achieve lives filled with respect for their rights and dignity. History tells us that this only happens when workers receive a living wage, affordable health-care and a secure retirement.

We are proud to honor a recent American labor movement success story again this year. Our honoree is the Joseph Murphy Institute for Workers Education at the City University of NY. The Murphy Institute, now in its third successful year, has become the focal point on the East Coast for scholarship, training and organizing new leaders for a re-energized labor movement. We are proud to honor them and help support their programs.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
This is the Third 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 Third Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be held for over a full week this year in the historic downtown Manhattan movie theater, Cinema Village, from May 9th through May 16th, 2014. There will also be events at several select locations in NYC on May17th.

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 30 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. 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.

ORGANIZERS
Andrew Tilson (Executive Director) ; Andrew Tilson (Executive Director) ; Philip Hopper (Program Director) ; Philip Hopper (Program Director)

GENERAL RULES
By submitting my film, I agree to allow my 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.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Workers Unite Film Festival, Inc. is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film or film script 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. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The 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.