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




FNFVF Call for Entries for the Fall 2022 Festival Opens June 15th!

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the Fall 2022 film festival taking place November 1 – 10, 2022, at venues across the Chicagoland area and beyond. The Call for Entries will open on Wednesday (tomorrow), June 15th and the deadline is June 30th. Once again FNFVF Inc will host online screenings in addition to in-person venues.

FNFVF Inc is a tiny organization, all voluntary, with a four-member board and the FNFVF Director that oversees the day-today operation of the festival. The early Call for Entries is to give our director and board plenty of time to examine the submissions and make acceptance decisions based on the guidelines of the festival. When dealing with “Native-themed but NOT directed” films, much scrutiny and communication must be given. The shortened call for entries also lessened the amount of submissions the board and director must process.

We put on the festival twice a year, and for every festival, FNFVF Inc receives over 250 entries with about 10% being submissions from Indigenous/Native filmmakers. Then, maybe 20% of those accepted submissions are from Native American filmmakers from the US. So, FNFVF receives much representation from Canada, Mexico, and Central and South American Indigenous filmmakers. Films probably not screening anywhere else in the US.

At this time, we are pleased to announce the Chicago Premiere of “Rustic Oracle” which will screen at the fall festival. “Rustic Oracle” is a 2020 film directed by Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Mohawk). 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.

In addition to the two annual festivals, FNFVF Inc has began hosting online discussion panels with various Indigenous filmmakers discussion a variety of topics not covered by the usual panel discussions. The second season of the program includes three new topics to discuss including issues within the Indigenous filmmaking community. The next program is coming up soon.

We are also pleased to host an outdoor screening in partnership with with the First Nations Garden Chicago. We screen past features of a themed package of short films at dusk on select dates.

We look forward to hosting you once again at the Fall First Nations Film and Video Festival running November 1st through the 10th. Keep checking for more information on programs and venues.

Thank you for your years of patronage and FNFVF Inc celebrates 11 Years as a NPO and 32 years as an on-going program!




The call for entries for the Fall 2021 Edition of the First Nations Film and Video Festival will open on June 25 with a deadline of June 30, 2021.

Why such a short call? In the past few years, while we have grown and received many entries from Indigenous filmmakers from the Americas, we have also noted that not everyone reads the guidelines. So, we are inundated with filmmakers that do not fit the guidelines, and filmmakers that have Native American topics, but not an Indigenous director. To help us sift through the over average 200 entries we get every season, we thought we will limit the timeframe and hope that all Indigenous filmmakers that want to screen at the FNFVF submit their films as quickly as possible.

We have only two guidelines:

1) an Indigenous/Native American director. You can find our definition of “Native American” on the rules of the FilmFreeway page.

2) Films must be under five (5) years old. We want the newer representations of Native people, both in front of and behind the camera.

There are not fees to enter. All programs of the First Nations Film and Video Festival are free and open to the public.

So visit this link here.

Thank you again for all of your years of support.