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Reel Work Labor Film Festival


The priority deadline to offer a film for consideration for each season is February 1. Films for the 2021 season have been selected, and we are now accepting entries for Reel Work 2022. Here’s how to enter your work:

Download the Submission Form (Word document format)
and return it with a review copy of your film or a link to your film online.

Alternatively, you may submit a film through FilmFreeway.

Reel Work is a week-long labor film festival held in Santa Cruz County and neighboring counties of California during the week of International Workers Day, May 1. We are currently seeking submissions.

We seek to highlight the empowerment of workers and community members as they band together in united effort for mutual benefit to achieve justice and dignity in the streets, fields, and workshops. While our programs include classic labor films, we are particularly looking for recently produced documentaries about labor organizing and other work-related issues from around the world.

This is a volunteer-run film fest with a limited budget. An outpouring of generous cash and in-kind contributions from labor unions, business and community sponsors allows Reel Work to maintain its admission policy of voluntary donation at the door and support the type of independent documentary filmmaking that we have brought to the big screen since 2002.

In our eighteen year history we have been fortunate to host Haskell Wexler, David Zeiger, Paul Espinosa, Tia Lessin, Jim Brown, Colombian documentary filmmaker Marta Rodriguez, and many more filmmakers who have screened their works and spoken at past festivals. While Reel Work does not charge entry fees nor offer awards, we cover transportation and lodging expenses to bring selected filmmakers and workers featured in films to participate in the festival.

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. Please check them out. Use union labor! Thanks!

Page last updated 7/7/21

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