Welcome to the official FNFVF Inc. Website


Welcome to the Official Website of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are directed by Indigenous/Native American filmmakers from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. is to support Indigenous/Native American filmmakers of all skill levels and work to provide them a venue for their works and voice.

FNFVF Inc runs two annual film festivals a year at various venues across Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and beyond. The festivals take place:

MAY 1 – 10 & NOVEMBER 1 -10 every year.


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,

Samantha Garcia (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)
Co-director, FNFVF Inc

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
Co-director, FNFVF Inc

Board of First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc:
BC Echohawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma)
Don Nole (Bad River Band – Chippewa)
Janie Pochel (Oji-Cree)
Cynthia Teschner (Descendent of Turtle Mountain and Standing Rock Reservations)
Christine Recloud (White Earth Ojibwe) (Member 2011-2021)
Winfield Woundedeye (Northern Cheyenne and Ojibwe) – FNFVF Youth Ambassador


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We are pleased to announce the CALL FOR ENTRIES for the Spring 2023 First Nations Film and Video Festival. This spring we are holding a limited call due to some programming that did not happen in the fall. Meaning, we have some films that are on the program already for the spring.

Please remember to read our guidelines BEFORE submitting to the festival.

We look forward to screening your film:

The Spring First Nations Film and Video Festival is scheduled to run May 1 – 10 at various venues across Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Feel free to contact us with any questions.