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

Welcome to the official FNFVF Inc. Website

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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.

You can also “Like” us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! You can also see what our FNFVF Director is up to!

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.




POSTPONEMENT: Event Two of the FNFVF Online Panel Discussion Series

Due to no RSVP from invited guest, FNFVF Inc has decided to postpone the upcoming Sept 26th Event it was planning and focus on the Oct 24th event, “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors”.

We have some new events in the planning, including more outdoor screenings in Chicago. We have new merchandise for sale at our TeeSpring store. All profits go to help festival expenses.

Stay tuned for more news on the upcoming  Fall 2021 FNFVF which runs Nov. 1 – 10, 2021. We will announce the opening event next week!

Thank you for all of your support!

FNFVF Outdoor Screening: “Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing”

Join us on Sunday, August 26th, 2021 at 7:30pm for our first in-person event! An outdoor screening of Kevin Bacon Hervieux’s “Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing” a stirring documentary about dealing with the trauma of residential schools in Canada using the annual music festival.

Free and open to the public!


We will be screening at the First Nations Garden at Wilson Avenue and N. Pulaski Rid. at dusk. All Covid-19 protocols will be in place.

In collaboration with Chi-Nations Youth Council.

Meet the Filmmakers – July 25th Online Panelists

On July 25th, 2021 at 6pm (CST), First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc will begin a series of online panel discussions with Indigenous/Native American filmmakers, in an effort to promote spaces for Indigenous/Native American voices. The series will begin July 25, with two more panel discussions taking place in September and October 2021.

The topic of the first panel “Then You Should Just Make Your Own Movies – Why are Native Directors Overlooked?” will be discussed by five established and up-and-coming filmmakers. The panel for the first session includes:

Doreen Manuel, MFA, Canthupka Kakin (Running Wolf), Secwepemc/Ktunaxa
Director of “Unceded Chiefs”
Doreen is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She a residential school survivor, mother of three children and is an award-winning filmmaker. Doreen is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network, Women in Film & Television, Vancouver International Film Festival and Moving Images Distribution. She also serves on the Motion Picture Production Association of BC Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is an advisor to the Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, Telefilm Talent to Watch fund, TELUS Storyhive – Indigenous envelope, and Matriarch advisor to IM4 virtual and augmented reality training program. Doreen is a founder and instructor for the Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program for Indigenous women and a founder of the Indigenous Digital Accelerator and the Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs program.

Joseph Erb (Cherokee Nation)
Director of “The Beginning They Told”, “Trail of Tears”, “Uktena and Thunder”, and “The Sun and the Great Frog”
Joseph Lewis Erb is a computer animator, film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”. He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Most of this work is created in the Cherokee language. He has spent many years working on projects that will expand the use of Cherokee language in technology and the Arts. Erb teaches at University of Missouri in Digital Storytelling.

Shelley Niro, Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan.
Director of HONEY MOCCASIN, THE SHIRT, KISSED BY LIGHTNING, ROBERT’S PAINTINGS, and THE INCREDIBLE 25th YEAR OF MITZI BEARCLAW
Shelley Niro is a multi-media artist. Her work involves photography, painting, bead-work and film. Niro is conscious the impact post-colonial mediums have had on Indig-enous people. Like many artists from different Native communities, she works relent-lessly presenting people in realistic and explorative portrayals. Photo series such as MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES, THIS LAND IS MIME LAND and M: STORIES OF WOMEN are a few of the genre of artwork.

Shelley graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Honours and received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award presented through the Ontario Arts Council in 2012. In 2017 Ni-ro received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts from the Canada Council, The Scotiabank Photography Award and also received the Hnatyshyn Foundation RE-VEAL Award.

Niro recently received an honorary doctorate from the Ontario College of Arts and De-sign University. She also was the 2019 Laureate of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Photography.

Christopher Marshall (Muscogee Creek)
Director of feature film “Ramblin'”
Christopher attended college at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where he first honed his skills working behind the camera. Since graduating Christopher as become a prolific videographer. When not behind the lens or sealed into an editing room, he likes to spend time with his loving and hilarious wife and their adorable son in Omaha, Nebraska.

April Maloney (Mi’kmaq – Nova Scotia, Canada)
Director of “Hockey: A Mi’kmaq Creation Story”
My name is April Maloney and I am an independent filmmaker in Atlantic Canada. I became involved with film after doing a video editing course at one of the local collages in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am currently working on documenting some of our local elders here in my home community of Indian Brook.

You can get your FREE tickets to the panel by VISITING THIS LINK!

Topics for upcoming panels include:
September 2021:
“Where All the Natives At?”
Shrinking Native Spaces in Festival Arenas

October 2021:
“The Other 51%”
Indigenous Women Directors

Stay tuned here for more information on the upcoming panels, including participating filmmakers.

We look forward to seeing you there!