Laura Guzman (Stockbridge Munsee/Mexican); Photo property of FNFVF Inc.

Laura Guzman (Stockbridge Munsee/Mexican); Photo property of FNFVF Inc.

CHICAGO, IL) The Call for Entries is now open for First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc’s fall festival set to take place November 1st through the 10th, at venues across the Chicagoland area. The deadline for entries is September 15, 2016.

“We have seen a great number of entries in the past two festivals thanks to moving to an online platform,” says Ernest M Whiteman III, Director of FNFVF Inc. “The quality and variety of films seems to have increased as well and we are proud to showcase the little seen films right here in Chicago.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival has been screening Native-produced film in CHicago since 1990 and the outreach has never stopped. FNFVF Inc has several educational program they offer, usually free of charge, organizations, schools, and colleges. They offer “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors” and educational screening on Native Americans Cinema that can tailored to fit any classroom or event. Contact the film festival for information on these programs.

“Interest in Native-directed films is growing” said Whiteman, who as a filmmaker himself, knows the difficulty in getting an independently-made film to the exhibition stage, “Growing media awareness of Natives still needs to grow to match the strides made in other communities. But the FNFVF is a film get like no other in that we are the regions largest Native film fest and we deal directly with the Native filmmakers themselves. It’s a point of pride.”

The guidelines for the FNFVF are as follows; open to Native directors only, and films of any genre or length are accepted if produced within the last five years.

“We hope to keep focusing on the Native voice behind the scenes with a contemporary depiction in front of the lens,” says Whiteman “it is important to show audience that Native Americans are still a part of today’s society.”

For more information and to access their festival application, visit the APPLICATION PAGE. You can access the online application at Film Freeway.

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is a 501c3, non-profit organization.


Ernst M Whiteman III
Director, FNFVF Inc.

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BLOCK CINEMA PRESENTS: The Other 51% – March 31, 2016

FNFVF-Spring-Poster-2015-TREE-1In conjunction with the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium and One Book One Northwestern, Block Cinema is proud to host an evening with Ernest M. Whiteman III, the Director of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. The screening takes place at the Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Dr. Evanston, Illinois on Thursday March 31, 2016. Films begin at 7:00pm.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. advocates for the works of Native American films and videos that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of contemporary Native American issues and society. An invited speaker at the Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future symposium on Friday, April 1, Whiteman has curated this program of short films as a celebration of the important and underrepresented work of Native American female directors.

The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6pm.

The program includes:

Crash Site dir. Sonya Ballantyne (Cree) – 13:00 min, A runway First Nations girl tries to find her way home.

Legacy: Exiled NDNz dir. Pamela Peters (Navajo) – 14:00 min, Director Peters explores the legacy of urban Indians today in reflection on the seminal film “The Exiles”

Opal dir. Ramona Emerson (Navajo) – 11:00 min, A young girls struggles against a gang of boys.

Conversion dir. Nanobah Becker (Navajo) – 9:00 min, (In Navajo with English subtitles)

Nawa Giizhiigong dir. Missy Whiteman (N. Arapaho/Kickapoo) – 7:00 min, an exploration of reality through the eyes of two Native men.

Sunny Winter Day dir. Valerie Hughes (Mohawk) – 10:02 min, looking for roots on a sunny winter day.

Shi-shi-etko dir. Kate Kroll & Marilyn Thomas (Saulteaux) – 12:00 min, an adaptation of I. Nicola Campbell’s children’s book. A young girl counts down the days before she must leave for residential school.

Verbs in Lakota dir. Alayna Eagle Shield (Lakota) – 3:00 min, a documentary on language.

TOTAL RUN TIME: approx. 79 min.

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Thank you for your years of support!

The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors Screening

The OTHER 51%: Native American Women Directors

FNFVF-Spring-Poster-2015-C-RevisedJoin us Friday, May 29th at 1:00pm at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery for “The Other 51% Percent: Native American Women Directors” a presentation of new and recent films by Native American Women Directors. For so long Native American culture and voice has been out of our control and none more so than that of Native American women.

First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc. and the Illinois State Museum presents “The Other 51%” a film program dedicated to promoting the voice and works of Native women filmmakers. The program includes new works by Pamela Peters, April Maloney, and more.

Join us for this unique program.

For more information visit the festival website or contact the FNFVF Director, Ernest M Whiteman III, at ernest-3@fnfvf.org.