Natives in Charge of Their Narrative. Who Tells The Story Matters.
Creating Systemic Change through the Arts and Media.

The first and largest Global NativeWomen-led, Indigenous Film Festival and Awards Ceremony. Founded 1995, in The Entertainment Capital of the world Los Angeles CA.
Red Nation International Film Festival runs November 1-30 [2022 IN PERSON & VIRTUAL CINEMA]. Presented by Red Nation Celebration Institute the longest standing American Indian & Indigenous Media, Arts & Cultural federally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Los Angeles CA.

Founders Message - Joanelle Romero CEO/Founder/President of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), First Native Indigenous Filmmaker short-listed for an Academy Award (2000). Joanelle coined #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative #WhoTellsTheStoryMatters #WhyWeWearRED. RNCI is dedicated to changing the narrative about Native peoples on a global scale. Joanelle built the Red Nation Celebration Institute, now in its 27th; to cast light on the voices, stories, contributions and assets of contemporary Native peoples in replacing dangerous stereotypes that Native peoples face in media and academia with a 27 year history of cohesive research-informed strategies, ground-breaking initiatives, though cinematic excellence, media and strong focus on partnerships. Its the storytellers that will continue to uplift us, to inspire us, to motivate us and to encourage us to think differently.'

WELCOME to the
27th RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival™ (RNIFF) & Awards The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema™ is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing dangerous stereotypes with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated film program Native Youth Matter™ – If I Can See It I Can Be It.™

FESTIVAL RUNS: NOVEMBER 1-30. 2022 [IN PERSON & VIRTUAL CINEMA]

Founded in 1995, Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is the first Native Indigenous FILM festival in the Entertainment Capital of the world, Hollywood, under the parent organization Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI). Red Nation International Film Festival has become the largest Native Indigeous Film Festival in the U.S. Founder was revolutionary, unapologetic in bringing Native Indigenous Cinema to the Silver Screen, in amplifying Native Indigenous Filmmakers to the Entertainment Industry and to film enthusiasts. RNIFF is a dedicated venue to experience Native Indigenous Cinema.

Each November, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the RNCI Red Nation Awards, broadcast LIVE on Red Nation Television Network. Hundreds of movie lovers tune in to watch who will receive the highest honors in American Indian & Indigenous filmmaking.

The Festival features the only film competition in the world that offers guaranteed distribution of American Indian & Indigenous Award winning independent films, as well as films that screen at the festival to include a broadcast television release in partnership with Red Nation Television Network™, a global provider of streaming movies and TV series and soon to be announced Festival’s native films televised on a Cable server provider.

The Festival is a showcase for new work by American Indian & Indigenous international independent filmmakers, bringing together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media representation of American Indian & Indigenous content to the world at large.

The Festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including addition programs Native Film Market™, The Pitch is Back, Retrospectives, Red Nation Conversation Series™, Masterclasses, and RNIFF On the Road™ Tour in Santa Fe NM, France, Washington DC, New York.

History Founded in 1995, by Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) founder Joanelle Romero, Award Winner filmmaker, actor and member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

RNCI first started out screening Native Indigenous films at Universities and on reservations across Indian Country America under Red Nation Screening Series. RNCI renamed its series to Red Nation International Film Festival in 2003.

Twenty-Seven years ago there was not a dedicated venue to experience Native Cinema. Today, film enthusiasts can now enjoy the cinematic excellence of American Indian & Indigenous content.

Meet the RNCI Board of Directors https://www.rednationff.com/board-of-directors/

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices™ Cementing American Indian at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry™”

RNCI RED NATION AWARDS. November TBA, 2022.

2022 will be the tenth consecutive year of streaming a LIVE broadcast of RNCI Red Nation Awards on Red Nation Television Network including a televised broadcast.

Recognizing excellence in cinematic achievements by American Indian & Indigenous filmmakers. Highlighting the very best contributions in film, television, comedy, music and the arts.

BEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST ACTOR IN LEADING ROLE
BEST ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING
BEST ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE TV MOVIE, MINISERIES, SPECIAL, COMEDY
BEST ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE TV MOVIE, MINISERIES, SPECIAL, COMEDY

THE CHIEF DAN GEORGE AWARD
THE MARLON BRANDO AWARD
THE EDWARD R ROYBAL AWARD
THE EDWARD ALBERT JR AWARD
THE COURAGE AWARD
THE AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH AWARD
THE JOANELLE ROMERO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE INDIGENOUS JOURNALIST AWARD

Since 1995, the RNCI Red Nation Awards has honored outstanding artistic achievements in television, film, comedy, music and the arts. The show is an integral part of RNCI’s mission and is held on the last day closing the Red Nation International Film Festival. RNCI’s mission is to create greater opportunities for American Indian & Indigenous families in the United States. As a national television special with a cause, the RNCI Red Nation Awards demonstrates how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry and diversity strengthens our country by promoting fair, accurate, and representative portrayals of American Indian & Indigenous image.

This November will be yet another year of a “LIVE” broadcast of RNCI Red Nation Awards, held in the Entertainment Capital of the World, marking yet another historic phenomenon, cementing native image at the forefront of the industry, highlighting the very best American Indian & Indigenous contributions to film, television, comedy, music and the arts.

Each November, in celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to RNCI Red Nation Awards. Interest and anticipation builds as we lead up to the RNCI Red Nation Awards LIVE telecast on Red Nation Television Network, when hundreds of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in native filmmaking.

RNCI Red Nation Awards are the Oscars blended with Emmys, the highest film awards in Los Angeles for American Indian & Indigenous Cinema

“Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, Television has the Emmy, and now American Indian has the Red Nation Film Award of Excellence” And the Winner is …

About Red Nation Film Award of Excellence

Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards Show honors accomplishments of Independent Motion Pictures and Documentaries, which are produced, directed, written, and starring American Indians. Honorees include individuals who have made advancements in film, radio, television, media, environment, social justice, human rights, career accomplishments in the arts, volunteerism, and cultural affairs.

Red Nation Film Festival & Awards buzz has began! The Red is Green Carpet will be rolled for A-Listers, Native Celebrities for the world to see!

RNIFF attracts exceptional work from filmmakers of all levels of experience - from talented first-timers to industry heavyweights like Benito Del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Graham Greene and Summit Entertainment.

THE BUZZ HAS BEGAN! The Red is Green Carpet will be rolled for A-Listers, Native Celebrities, this November. Filmmakers know creating publicity is incredibly valuable for their projects and future endeavors.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING:

PROMOTIONAL LAURELS
PEER REVIEW – our judges are award-winning filmmakers and professionals from within the Entertainment Industry and native communities.
IMDB - Red Nation International Film Festival is IMDB approved and can be listed on your IMDB page!
PUBLICITY ENHANCEMENT – Winners are announced to a database of 50,000+ email
industry professionals as well as additional international media outlets.
SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH – Facebook and Twitter announcements of winners and updates from our filmmaking community can be shared with your own lists.

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR 2022 SUBMISSIONS

The following is an explanation of the Rules and Guidelines governing the submissions of a film to the 2022 Red Nation International Film Festival. Compliance with these Rules and Guidelines is necessary in order to participate in the Film Festival. Submission of a film implies unconditional acceptance of the Rules & Guidelines, therefore, please carefully read through the Rules prior to submitting your film. If you have any questions, please contact the Red Nation International Film Festival: rncimedia@gmail.com or 818.665.5753.

** RNIFF accepts films that are made of/about North American Indian, First Nation Peoples of Canada, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and International Indigenous Peoples from Mexico, South America, New Zealand.

** Films must have been made between September 2021 - September 2022 to be considered.

** Filmmakers once you submit to Red Nation International Film Festival, you agree not to submit/screen your film in any other native film festival in local areas of Los Angeles, Hollywood, or Temecula, during the month of November. Please call if you have any questions: 818.665.5753.

1. The Red Nation International Film Festival accepts submissions for films in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short (40 minutes), Animated (40 minutes), Doc Shorts (40 minutes), Experimental Shorts, International Indigenous Narrative Features.

2. The Entrant/s submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission, as well as all necessary clearances for public exhibition.

3. The Filmmaker/s retain/s all submission and intellectual property rights.

4. Films may be submitted electronically via FilmFreeway (filmfreeway.com) OR Vimeo with the completed submission form and correct entry fee.

5. The electronic submissions should be formatted for NTSC and labelled with Title, Running Time.

6. To submit film via FilmFreeway.com: Log onto the website, set up an account, and submit your film to RNIFF. Your fee will also be taken over the internet. After submitting your film through FFW.

7. The Filmmaker/s is/are responsible for making sure all submission material are submitted by the submission deadline indicated. If your film does not arrive or is not uploaded by the deadline for which you have registered, you may be required to pay the higher submission fee or withdrawn.

8. The following concerns submission deadlines and submission fees. Note, the deadlines are not the postmark dates, but the dates by which the submission must be in the RNIFF office or registered with FilmFreeway. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Submission fees are in are U.S. Dollars per submission and is non-refundable. These fees may be paid by check, cashier’s check, money order, made payable to: Red Nation Celebration Institute. Cash is not accepted.

9. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources outside of the United States, the film can only be submitted as an International Film. If a film received 50% or more of it’s funding from sources within the United States, the film can only be submitted as a Domestic Film.

10. All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Non-English language films without subtitles will be considered under special circumstance.

11. Please test your media prior to submission to make sure they run properly and are not damaged.

12. The RNIFF is not responsible for any damage to materials that occurred while in transit. If your film arrives damaged, we will contact you to request another copy.

13. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meet RNFF guidelines.

14. Filmmakers are allowed to resubmit a film that was previously submitted provided significant changes were made and all eligibility requirements are met. When re-submitting the film, include a brief letter detailing the changes made.

15. Entrants may contact the RNIFF to find out if the Festival received the submission: rncimedia@gmail.com or (818) 665.5753. Filmmakers submitting through FilmFreeway can check their status through the website.

16. The Filmmaker is responsible for all shipping costs, domestic or international.

17. All personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.

18. RNIFF reserves the right to use images from films selected in the Festival for marketing purposes.

19. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.

20. Los Angeles Premiere is not required but the programing team may consider a films local premiere status when making final decisions.

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  • Gustavo Vazquez

    It has been an honor to share our documentary "The Keepers of Corn" at this highly important Film festival that showcases Indigenous voices. The organizers of the festival created an unforgettable awards ceremony. An event with a lot of heart.

    December 2021
  • John Stanfield

    From Pake Salmon, Director-MANA I MAULII OLA. I am so pleased with the RNIFF awards and then the conversation we as filmmakers had the next day over zoom. It was eye opening to hear the stories from the other filmmakers about their challenges and triumphs! FilmFreeway has made it possible for many films to be watched. I am most grateful to both organizations and I look forward to producing more native stories!

    December 2021
  • Robin Rosenthal

    We had an amazing experience premiering our documentary Mariposas del Campo at the 26th Red Nation International Film Festival. The festival was hybrid this year—first half in a theater, followed by two weeks online. In this ongoing pandemic climate, we were thrilled to be able to show our film to a sizeable but distanced in-person audience, with a Q&A. Festival Director Joanelle Romero and her RNCI team were so welcoming. We were nominated for Best Documentary Feature and attended the well-produced Awards show in a gorgeous theater. Winning that golden statuette was the icing on the cake. Thank you RNCI for the memories!

    December 2021
  • We were honoured that our VeRONAka film by The Aunties Dandelion was featured at RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival and Awards. We loved the online gathering of women Indigenous filmmakers and the hospitality was evident from the fact that none of us who were presenting wanted to get off the call! Nya:wenkò:wa for all of your hard work and generosity.

    December 2021
  • Rose Steller Burke

    Excellent festival! So honored to be apart of it for our film Home From School: The Children of Carlisle. Thank you!

    December 2021