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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.

A STATEMENT FROM FNFVF INC.

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:

You can support the First Nations Film and Video Festival and help us support Native American Filmmakers! To continue your support click the DONATE button below. Thank you for your support of Native American Movie Makers across North America.

 

VENUES: Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival

Announcing the venues for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is pleased to announce its return to in-person programming with the announcement of the participating venues for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival, running November 1 throu the 9th at various venues across Chicagoland!

The FNFVF opens with a fantastic feature film at the Music Box Theatre:

Tue. Nov. 1 – Music Box Theatre: Join us for the CHICAGO PREMIERE of “RUSTIC ORACLE” written and directed by Sonia Bonspille Boileau, as our opening program for the Fall 2022 festival!Set in the late 90s, Rustic Oracle is a dramatic feature about Ivy, an 8-year-old girl trying to understand what happened to her big sister who has vanished from their small Mohawk community. With minimal clues, Ivy and her mother Susan embark on an unwelcome journey to find Heather which ultimately brings the pair closer together despite challenging circumstances. Behind the story of desperation, told through the eyes of a child, lies one of hope, growth, awakening and love.

Get your FREE Tickets here. Seating is very limited!

The rest of the fall schedule is as follows:

Wed. Nov. 2 – Field Museum – Montgomery Ward Theater, 2pm
Harold Washington Library, Video Theater, 6pm

Thu. Nov. 3 – Mitchell Museum, 6pm

Fri. Nov. 4 – Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs
at Northeastern Illinois University, 6pm

Sat. Nov. 5 – Evanston Public Library, 1pm
With Evening Online Program 1, 7pm

Sun. Nov. 6 – Edgewater Library, 2pm
With Evening Online Program 2, 7pm

Wed. Nov. 9 – Comfort Station, 7:30pm

We have planned a tentative Online Program for Mon. Nov. 7 at 7pm. With no programming on Tue. Nov. 8 being Election Day. Films playing at each programs will be announce very soon!

We will also be hosting another season of online discussion panels with Native American filmmakers. Join us on Oct. 23rd for “What We Must Never Do is Steal from Ourselves”, an online discussion panel featuring Nadine Arpine, Trevor Caroll, Terry Jones, and Victoria Sutton discussing the idea of Natives appropriating Natives in filmmaking and the “Cultural Cost” Native Directors must pay to be part of the industry.

Also, on October 30, FNFVF and Chi-Nations Youth Council, and the Award-winning First Nations Garden is hosting another Outdoor Halloween Screening at the First Nations Garden featuring a slate of Science Fiction films by Native Directors.

Join us for the Fall 2022 First Nations Film and Video Festival.

Links to FREE Tickets coming soon!

Fall 2022 FNFVF Opening Event: Rustic Oracle

FNFVF Inc is please to present Sonia Bonsille Boileau’s “Rustic Oracle” at the Music Box Theatre!
Join us on November 1 at 7:00pm in Theater 2!
“Set in the late 90s, Rustic Oracle is a dramatic feature about Ivy, an 8-year-old girl trying to understand what happened to her big sister who has vanished from their small Mohawk community. With minimal clues, Ivy and her mother Susan embark on an unwelcome journey to find Heather which ultimately brings the pair closer together despite challenging circumstances. Behind the story of desperation, told through the eyes of a child, lies one of hope, growth, awakening and love.”
Stay tuned for more programming news about our closing program!
Get your free tickets here at our EventBrite link: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

NOTIFICATION DATE: August 10, 2022

Due to issues beyond our control, the Notification Date for Fall 2022 submissions will be put back to August 10th. We thank you for your patience and apologies for keeping you waiting. -Dir. EW3