18th Native Spirit Festival launches on 12th October (Indigenous Peoples Day, Americas) and runs on selected dates through October, and November (Native American Heritage Month), ending on 7 November to celebrate International Inuit Day. Festival is in-person and online. #NSFF2024

All cinematic styles and storytelling by Native / Indigenous filmmakers welcome: Essay, Experimental, Animation, Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Documentary, Music, Dance, Artist portraits, Poetry / Spoken word, viral and low-budget work; #microIndigenous (under 5min), films in Indigenous Languages (with english subtitles), and by young filmmakers.

Native Spirit Taiwan was founded in 2019 and usually runs in November/December at Cheng Kung National University, Tainan and Paiwan territory.
6th Edition 2024 dates tba. Contact: nativespirittaiwan@gmail.com

Native Spirit Festival is the UK's first and only annual Independent festival to promote international Native Filmmakers, Media and Artists, celebrating Indigenous Languages and Narrative Sovereignty. The festival is part of Native Spirit Foundation, founded in 2005 by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures and longer term projects supporting Community-run education in Native Schools. Freddy states "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."
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Previous NSFF programmes: https://issuu.com/nativespirituk

Native Spirit Festival is non-competitive.

IMPORTANT — PLEASE RESPECTFULLY NOTE: To be eligible for submission, a Native person must have a designated and genuine key creative role as Director. This must be clearly stated in the Custom Form and Synopsis.

*we ask that your film is not already available Online, or contact us before submitting

*Indigenous / non-English language films must have English subtitles hardcoded to the video file to be eligible (except for films in cinematic language that speak to everyone)

*It is the responsibility of all filmmakers submitting titles to NSFF to ensure they have received clearance from Rights holders of all archive film, stills and music used in the film. NSFF will not be responsible for any Rights not cleared in films that are screened as part of NSFF Film Festival, or Outreach events.

All media submitted to Native Spirit Festival will be considered by the Festival’s selection 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.

Submitted Films may also be invited to screen at Native Spirit Taiwan and/or at year-round Outreach events in UK.

PROTOCOLS & GUIDES FOR NON-NATIVE FILMMAKERS (available online)
Pathways & Protocols: A filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts, Terri Janke, Screen Australia 2009

On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories, ISO Canada, 2019

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  • bruce miller

    Great festival. I hope to get to attend next time. Thanks so much for hosting my short film Conviction. A great platform for Indigenous creators to showcase their talents.

    November 2023
  • What an honor to have been selected at the Native Spirit Film Festival UK. It gives me much pleasure and pride that our Panay Bukidnon Indigenous Peoples have been represented in your festival and their story seen by audiences over there.

    The Native Spirit Film Festival have been nothing but warm, welcoming and supportive of the films they select. We might have missed attending physically but we feel so at home through the posts and correspondences. The selections have been very interesting and how we wish we can one day join in the in-person festivities.

    Thank you to the Native Spirit Film Festival Director & Team! Padayon!

    March 2023
  • Stephanie Alton

    Native Spirit Film Festival was a great experience all around. The festival took great care of me while visiting, I highly recommend this festival.

    January 2023
  • Great people associated with the Native Spirit Film Festival. Pilámaya (thank you) for selecting our film, "Remember the Children". Töksa

    November 2022
  • Great festival with a lot of heart and intention in curation and programming. Thank you so much for including Assaman in your 2022 Official Selection!

    November 2022