A Statement from FNFVF Inc

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Black lives matter.

Let this statement be said first and foremost.

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc stands in support with Black Lives Matter and in support of any movement for the attainment of equality and justice for marginalized and repressed communities.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep working for justice.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
Director, FNFVF Inc

Board of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc:
BC Echohawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma)
Samantha Garcia (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Don Nole (Bad River Band – Chippewa)
Janie Pochel (Oji-Cree)
Christine Recloud (White Earth Ojibwe)
Winfield Woundedeye (Northern Cheyenne and Ojibwe) – FNFVF Youth Ambassador

Statement: Delay of Spring 2020 FNFVF

To all current filmmaker applicants and to our patrons:

Firstly, apologies for the lateness in response to the COVID sheltering. We hope you are all taking necessary precautions in these times, and supporting movements when able. This pandemic completely dismantled our festival.

Secondly, more apologies for not getting your films screened at our festival. Yet. You placed a trust in us to do so and we are working to get a festival done. As you know, we are a tiny organization – basically the board and myself, whom all volunteer.

We are looking at an online version of the festival by mid-summer. If we get a service together that best suits our philosophy of a free and open screening. We would like to show your film to as wide an audience as possible.

We are working on a distribute page on our website where our audiences can contact you or your distributor directly. With a backlog of over 20 years of submissions to sort, it is taking a lot of time.

We are close to finding a workaround for this. So stay tuned. Unfortunately, this has also delayed our call for entries to the fall festival. But once we figure that out, we will announce it. Provided that we will be able to hold a festival come November. If you want to help, just continue to spread the word about our festival.

I hope you are doing well in these time. Be well. Be safe. Best of luck. We’ll be in touch.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III – Northern Arapaho
Director, FNFVF Inc

UPDATE: FNFVF Spring2020 Schedule

FNFVF Inc will follow the recommendations of its Spring 2020 Venues. If the venue states it will need to postpone or cancel events during this time, FNFVF Inc will work to re-schedule:

Fri May 1
Sat May 2 – Newberry Library – POSTPONED until 8/2020
Sun May 3 – Gene Siskel Center 8pm PENDING
Mon May 4 – Evanston Public Library 6pm PENDING
Tue May 5 – American Indian Center 6pm PENDING
Wed May 6 – Block Cinema 7pm PENDING
Thu May 7 – Mitchell Museum 6pm PENDING
Fri May 8 – Field Museum 1pm PENDING
Sat May 9 – Ragtag Cinema 1pm PENDING
Sun May 10
Mon May 11 – Music Box Theatre PENDING

Thank you you for the support all of these years. We will update this post when changes are made.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
FNFVF DIrector