Submissions Are Open for Season 6 of Workers Unite Film Festival. The festival is May 5th - 25th, 2017.

Help Celebrate the Sixth Annual Workers Unite Film Festival in NYC this May.
Submit your film now for earlybird status in any of the categories below. Rolling deadlines through March, 2017.

Filmmakers and Screenwriters should submit online through or Please contact Workers Unite Film Festival directly for any special situations or submission questions.

Festival Submission Categories 2017


Creative films from around the world that tell the stories of working people, their daily struggles and their efforts to unite and organize into unions. Over 60 minutes runtime.

Narrative Shorts:

Creative films from around the world on workers lives and daily struggles – under 50 minutes in length.

Documentary Features:

Real life stories of workers and their efforts to unite, here in the USA and all over the world. Over 50 minutes runtime.

Documentary Shorts:

Real life stories of workers and their efforts to unite. Under 50 minutes runtime.

Films From The Front Lines:

Films of any length under 15 minutes that deal with current labor struggles, either in the U.S. or overseas. This category is especially looking for films from both the current union building campaigns and any pro-worker efforts across the country. This category is open to all amateur and professional efforts. These entries can be from 2 minutes to 15 minutes

Working Lives Screenplay Competition:

Open screenplay competition for stories about working people and their lives. These can be stories about a union/workplace struggle, or stories that illuminate the lives of working people.

For all projects we suggest an emphasis or some angle on efforts to organize and unify workers, though they do not necessarily have to be current union members at all.  While we like vampire and horror films as much as the next person, it is highly unlikely we will select any such films for this festival. Save your entry fee.

Rolling deadlines from December, 2016 through the end of March, 2017. But send your work in early!

The Festival respectfully requests that all film makers please use union labor on their films in any ways that are possible. Local craft unions and guilds are all willing to work with low budget and independent films with many different programs. Please check them out. Use union labor! Thanks!