Native Spirit Festival is the UK's premiere and only annual festival promoting Indigenous Filmmakers, Media and Artists. 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 - "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 - Features, Animation, SciFi, Horror, Comedy, Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Experimental... We don't programme to a fixed theme but are on the lookout for films to curate relating to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to America - UK website: https://www.mayflower400uk.org
Official Indigenous response led by Cannupa Hanska Luger: http://www.cannupahanska.com/settlement
Previous 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 - director, producer, screenwriter - either behind or in front of the camera. 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 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.
Selected films may be featured in our festival promo trailer and/or invited to screen at Native Spirit Taiwan (Mandarin subtitles) and/or at Outreach events in UK.