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)
Christine Recloud (White Earth Ojibwe) (Member 2011-2021)
Winfield Woundedeye (Northern Cheyenne and Ojibwe) – FNFVF Youth Ambassador


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FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization thanks to the Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, which supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.

Thanks also to the Crossroads Fund for their invaluable support:

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FILMS SPOTLIGHT DAY 5 – PART 2: Online Program 2

Tenochtitlan2021 (5:00) – SCREENED FROM ONLINE LINK
In the south of Mexico City a filmset has been abandoned. It was used to retell the story of the arrival of Hernán Cortés to the mexica capital of Tenochtitlan. Now this set has itself turned into a ruin and become a place where time collapses and new knots are being tied. The movie is assembled from two re-appropriations of this scenery: a contemporary poet and a witch performing a ritual summoning the past to offer the generations to come a new memory, and a Youtuber diving through the archeology of this contemporary story.
Directed by Clara Winter, Miiel Ferráez, Karloz Atl (Nahua)

The island of memory (21:56)
In San Antonio de los Baños, 30 kilometers from Havana in Cuba, a group of young theater fans will do their best to connect through art with the people of their town.
Directed by Obrero (Mapuche)

Yxayotl: Music of Ancient Mexico (1:05:32)
Traveling back in time to the golden age of Ancient America; the late Maestro Xavier Quijas Yxayotl – a direct descendant of the Huichol Indians of Jalisco Mexico – demonstrated the power contained in the ancient musical instruments that our ancestors played for more than 2,000 years. In 2008, Maestro Yxayotl performed and opened at Yanni Voices, in Acapulco airing on PBS. “When you are in contact with your inner self, when it’s time to respect the creator of the universe, the Mother Earth, the soul, the sacred cycle of life and death, the Ancestral Spirit and the cosmic race, this is when the magical and divine ritual arrives with ancestral sounds, that speak a spiritual language, that only the soul will recognize. All that I do comes from a spirit within me, music is a live representation of nature. Our goal is to resurrect this cultural identity through the preservation of ancient instruments, music, and dance demonstrating the diversity of our ancestry in Ancient America.” ~ Xavier Quijas Yxayotl ~
Directed by Alberto A. Cuauhtlequezqui Lopez (Mexhica/Azteca Purepecha/Tarascan Indian)