Workers Unite Film Festival to Go Virtual; Theater Screenings Postponed to September

March 18, 2020


Dear Friends and Supporters,

Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreading across the globe, and in light of NY State policy aiming to curb this pandemic, the Workers Unite Film Festival will be postponed until Friday, September 25th, still at Cinema Village in NYC. Our main concern, as always, is your health and safety. Hopefully, by then we will all be in a better place. Sponsorship ads and the program guide will debut in online form and be printed as well this Fall, if at all feasible.

Submissions are still open on Film Freeway for Season 9. The deadline was moved to March 27th and will be extended again to mid-July in order to accommodate these new festival dates. There will be a standing exception made for films related to the Coronavirus pandemic and what needs to be done for workers during this time. We encourage you all to document this crisis and send us your stories for free now through July at

While we wanted to continue to have a physical festival May 8th-23rd 2020, we are working to give you a taste of this year’s programming by implementing an online festival model which will remain an integrated part of each season. Watch for the announcement of special streaming-only events to premiere this May.

Please make any donation you can ( to help us move these events online, as it helps pay for private servers and equipment while the film festival faces this new transition.

Be assured that we are in regular communication with theater venues and healthcare professionals to make sure that any environment is clean and sanitary where we may host a screening or event. Thanks for your understanding.

See full Coronavirus Statement:

In Solidarity,

Andrew Tilson
Executive Director

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