UPDATE: FNFVF Online Panel Discussion Series – Begins July 25

Joining us on our July 25th Panel Discussion are:
Shelley Niro (The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, Kissed by Lightning)
Joseph Erb (Water is Life)
April Maloney (Hockey: A Mi’kmaq Creation Story)
Two more to come once confirmed! Join us!


We welcome you to join us for the inaugural FNFVF Online Panel Series for 2021 beginning July 25th at 6pm CST.

A panel of Indigenous/Native American filmmakers will hold a discussion on a topic of concern for the Indigenous filmmaking community.

July 25th topic is:
“Then You Should Just Make Your Own Movies”
Why are Native Directors Overlooked?

Attending filmmakers will be announced SOONEST. Keep checking here on fnfvf.org!


Tickets are available starting July 5th.

You can check here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fnfvf-online-panel-series-part-1-tickets-162117296197

The rest of the panel series will take place in September and October 2021. With your support, we can possibly do both a winter and spring panel discussion series.

We hope to can join us. We look forward to seeing you there!

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
FNFVF Inc Director

FNFVF at the Newberry Library – New Film Series

We are pleased to announce:
First Nations Film and Video Festival at the Newberry
Native Film Series

Beginning Saturday, November 10, at the Newberry Library
Featured Films Screening:

Choctaw Code Talkers
Directed by Valerie Red Horse – Cherokee
The heartfelt and personal story of Choctaw soldiers whose dedication and bravery assisted in ending World War I, even though as individuals, the men were not recognized as American citizens.

Total run time: 54:00

The Honor Riders

Directed by Ralphina Hernandez – Navajo (Diné)
Arising from the Great Tribes of the Navajo and Hopi Peoples, the Honor Riders began in 2003 to celebrate the life of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to be lost in battle. The Honor Riders are a group of Veterans and their supporters who gather each year before Memorial Day in May to honor the missing and the fallen; to ride for those who cannot. To remind everyone; whether they are Past or Present, a Warrior remains a Warrior, and Freedom is never Free.
This is their legacy…

Total run time: 1:45:00

With commentary and a Q&A with FNFVF Director

Then, each month, FNFVF Inc. and the D’Arcy McNickle Center will present a new screening around various themes and topics.

Subsequent dates include December 9, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.

Thank you to Susan Sleeper Smith, Patrick Rochford, and Alex Teller for their extraordinary assistance in putting this together.

Join us for the first of the series on November 10 beginning at 1:00pm.

For more information visit the Film Series page on the Newberry Library website.


Join us for the next screening in the film series: DECEMBER 9, 2019.

We hope to see you there.

Back to Business: Gearing up for the Fall 2016 Fest

FNFVF-Fall-2015-MENU-SMALLWith board elections complete, we have two new members. Please welcome Cassy Smith and Don Nole to the FNFVF Board. Also, thank Jane Stevens for her services and she moves on to other things.

Look for news on the Fall 2016 Call for Entries,  which will open in August, and possibly new fundraising efforts, events, and more, very soon. We hope to focus on colleges, universities, and maybe outreach to schools for the fall.

For donations, please use the PayPal link at the top of our website main page. Or, if you prefer, we have opened our Tee Spring FNFVF Store once again if you want cool tees or hoodie. All funds go to support our fall and spring festivals directly to cover venue fees or screening fees if needed.

Always, thank you for your years of support.