The 3rd annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place July 2-4, 2020 at the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub (Thomas E-Hub) in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, with special interest in those from Southeastern American Indian communities and especially members of the Lumbee Tribe of NC.

The Festival features a panel discussion with community organizers, filmmakers and tribe members discussing cultural extraction, cultural appropriation, and other issues faced by indigenous communities and their work within the cultural sector.

"It is beautiful see ourselves in resistance to the attempts to make us invisible. The festival helps make us visible to ourselves and to others through the arts. It is important for us to have our own representation and tell our own stories." said Festival Director Kim Pevia.

The Lumbee Film Festival is a partnership between the Lumbee Tribe of NC, Cucalorus Film Foundation, and the NC Arts Council.

Lumbee Film Festival supports the growth of independent filmmaking in the American Indian community. Stay tuned for more info about awards at this year's festival.

American Indian filmmakers can submit narrative, documentary or experimental films of any length or genre to the festival by April 17, 2020. Only films directed or co-directed by individuals who identify as American Indian, Native American, or Indigenous and are members of a tribe may apply. Do not apply if you do not identify as an American Indian, Native American, or Indigenous North American.

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  • André Lopes

    We definitely recommend this festival, which highlights indigenous modes of existence around the world. The possibility to watch other relative's films was wonderful and powerful. Besides several differences we have in different countries, mostly in the production conditions, the festival helps our communities to get closer and stronger, exchanging our images and speeches. Thank you very much and we hope you can continue this work!

    July 2020
  • Joseph Clift

    I can't recommend this fest enough. They were very communicative, helpful and it was a great fest all around. Definitely submit to this!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for everything and more, Joseph!! We can't wait to see what you do next!