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:
Official Indigenous response led by Cannupa Hanska Luger:

Previous programmes:

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.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you to the organiser and volunteers of Native Spirit Film Festival for welcoming me to present and speak about my short film, Emkhatsini, which screened in an excellent program of shorts.

    October 2019
  • Very fine & thorough communication and good support for filmmakers. Myself and 4 film crew/participants were able to attend the screening of our feature length documentary and Q&A session where we were made to feel welcome and heard. A great opportunity to share indigenous voices around the world.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for allowing us to screen your important documentary, for bringing film crew and participants to form a panel, for accepting Radio & TV interviews during a busy schedule. It was a great and learning experience with alot of good feedback. Appreciated.

  • David N. Bernatchez

    Festival is engaged in an important subject and project of knowledge on the term and idea of native populations. Large programming but significant in it's choices. Best wishes.

    October 2018
  • I was unable to attend but fest like Native Spirit are needed and am happy to have had my film "The Final Meeting" among the selections. Great communications and clear guidelines. I hope submit more films to Native Spirit Film Festival.

    January 2018
  • Abraham Cote

    I was invited to screen a short film at Native spirit Film Festival and it was a great experience! Great hospitality and communication. Was sent e-mail and twitter updates on the sate of my application and screenings. Was treated with the utmost respect as an up and coming filmmaker and I would definitely apply to Native Spirit with my next film. Thanks so much Native Spirit Film Festival!

    November 2017