Native Spirit Festival is part of Native Spirit Foundation, founded by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil in 2005 to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures – and longer term projects supporting Community-run education in Native Schools.
"All the [activists] have come to the conclusion that one objective of making video, radio and television is for the other culture to know us. It is necessary to create a bridge to share our culture in an educational form, without losing our identity.” Freddy Treuquil.
This festival promotes Indigenous Filmmakers, media and artists each October offering illuminating and crucial alternatives to the mainstream.
All types of film welcomed - Shorts, Features, Animation, SciFi, Horror, Comedy, Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Experimental...
2019 Special interest: LANGUAGES, THE MOON, SPORT. FUTURE GENERATIONS UNCRC 30th anniversary Rights of the Child, Article 30), "...Indigenous children have the right to learn about and practice their own culture, language and religion..."
Native Spirit is a non-competitive festival.
PLEASE RESPECTFULLY TAKE NOTE: Native Spirit's priority is to present Indigenous Filmmakers, Mediamakers and Artists.
IMPORTANT: To be eligible for submission, an Indigenous person must have a designated key creative role - director, producer, screenwriter - either behind or in front of the camera. This must be clearly stated in the Custom Form and Synopsis.
All media submitted to Native Spirit Festival will be considered by the Festival’s judging team. Films are selected on the basis that the values presented align with that of Native Spirit Foundation’s work. Native Spirit Festival is a charitable project and therefore a non-commercial festival run by dedicated volunteers.
Previous programmes: https://issuu.com/nativespirituk/docs/brochure_lo__native_spirit_festival
Non-English language films must have English subtitles to be eligible.
Selected films may be invited to screen at Native Spirit Taiwan (Mandarin subtitles) in November and/or at year-round Outreach events in UK.