FNFVF Filmmakers Speak! – Part One

What Filmmakers are saying about FNFVF?

Here are what some filmmakers and FNFVF participants have to say about us:

As Indigenous people, our stories are our strength. Ask a Native person a question and we’ll tell you a story. When we meet one another, we share our stories. In a world where mainstream media frequently forgets to tell the stories of tribal people, the First Nations Film and Video Festival is a dynamic and visible venue for Native people to tell our own stories. As we do, we increase respect for tribal cultures, initiate dialogue within our communities and educate non-Natives about our beautiful ways. Native America has vital and vibrant stories, and the FNFVF insures that our stories are heard throughout the world.

Dr. Dawn Karima Pettigrew, Ph.D. host of “A Conversation With Dawn Karima” and FNFVF filmmaker.


I am proud to have my work shown at the First Nations Film and Video Festival. Getting your work seen is no easy feat. The FNFVF recognizes this, and provides a venue for Native artists to present their films to a broader audience.

Rod Pocowachit, Director of “Dancing on the Moon”, “Sleepdancer” and “The Dead Can’t Dance”




First Nations Film and Video Festival is a vital outlet for the unique and powerful voices and stories that Native/Indigenous filmmakers create. The support and acknowledgment that one receives from FNFVF is what many new filmmakers need in order to pursuit more film/video projects.

Missy Whiteman, Director of “Nawa Giizhigong




First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. prides itself on being the largest Native American film and video festival in Chicago, Illinois. We are also the number one resource for Native American-produced film in the region and trusted by Native American filmmakers themselves in bring their works to a wider audience. We look forward to seeing you at our future events. Please join us in supporting these and many more Native American film and video makers and seeing their works on screen not shown anywhere else in Chicago.

Do you as a Native American film or video maker have something to share? Let us know!

Thank you!

(Images courtesy of the  respective artists)