14th Native Spirit Festival Digital Edition 12th October— 12th November 2020

#NSFF14 includes a new strand and launch of microIndigenous showcase, established with microMania Film Festival, Buffalo NY, and created for filmmakers to showcase their talents and storytelling skills in 5 minutes and under. https://www.micromaniafilmfest.com

email nativespiritfilms@gmail.com for WAIVER CODE
Delivery: HD video .mov or .mp4 not exceeding 5GB. 1920 x 1080
Film still / poster in horizontal format 1920 x 1080

Native Spirit Festival is the UK's first and only annual Independent festival to promote Indigenous Filmmakers, Media and Artists, now with increasing focus on Narrative and Visual 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."

All styles of film welcome - Experimental, SciFi, Comedy, Horror, Music, Dance, Animation, Spoken Word...

We don't prescribe fixed themes, but are on the lookout for films relating to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to America.
and more importantly, to the official Indigenous responses led by Cannupa Hanska Luger and all artists working with him:

Previous Native Spirit programmes: https://issuu.com/nativespirituk/docs/brochure_lo__native_spirit_festival

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 as director, producer, screenwriter. This must be clearly stated in the Custom Form and Synopsis.

Non-English language films must have English subtitles hardcoded to your video file to be eligible.

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 (must have Mandarin subtitles) and/or at Outreach events in UK.

Overall Rating
  • Jennifer Ille

    Great Film Festival! Very good communication.

    October 2020
  • For my film, #NSFF was one of the best things to happen in 2020. The dedicated people behind the festival worked around the clock to secure it the perfect platform for screening. Communication and friendliness was top notch and it certainly won’t be my last time submitting to Native Spirit, just as it wasn’t my first (the first time was equally positive). Lots of love and admiration from me

    October 2020
  • Gary Medina Cook

    NSFF brought together Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe. The communication and implementation was clear and professional with a friendly disposition. Enjoyed being part of this fest and would recommend to all Indigenous filmmakers. I was hoping to meet folks in person, but networking suffers with all festivals because of COVID.

    October 2020
  • Subhashish Panigrahi

    Tweed and the Native Spirit Film Festival staff are very kind and supportive, especially while guiding through the whole process. Their work needs to be talked about widely.

    July 2020
  • Incredibly valuable to me. Nothing but great hospitality and full support from the staff. Even from across the world i felt a close connection to the organizers and was in close communication with them regarding my submission the whole way. I appreciated that alot. I would submit here again and again and will do so again soon.
    Solid festival.
    Thanks for the support


    July 2020