Native Spirit is the UK's premiere and only Independent annual festival showcasing Indigenous Cinema, MediaMakers and artists in London every October.

The festival is part of Native Spirit Foundation, founded by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous cultures – and longer term projects supporting education in Native Schools and Communities.

Native Spirit works to promote Native filmmakers, artists, and those who support Indigenous Peoples in telling their own stories.

Community outreach and pop-up screenings take place throughout the year.
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We look forward to hearing from you!

Native Spirit is a non-competitive festival

PLEASE RESPECTFULLY TAKE NOTE: Submissions with non-Indigenous content or designated Native role will be disqualified.

To be eligible for submission, an Indigenous person has to play a key role either behind or in front of the camera and the connection with an Indigenous community has to be clearly stated in the Synopsis and Custom Form.

All media submitted to the Native Spirit Festival will be considered by the Festival’s Selection Committee. Films will be chosen on the basis that the values presented align with that of Native Spirit Foundation’s work. The Native Spirit Festival is a charitable project and therefore not a commercial festival and run by dedicated volunteers.

We encourage entrants to visit the Native Spirit UK YouTube channel to understand our work before submitting media. Also see previous programmes here:

All non-English language films must have English subtitles for final viewing.

Incomplete Submission Forms will not be processed.

Thank You!