Skokie, IL) First Nations Film and Video Festival, Inc is happy to announce the addition of our new Co-director Samantha Garcia. Samantha began as an FNFVF Board member and is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior of Ojibwe. Samantha is the Apothecary Supervisor at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern. A Chicago resident, who, in her free time enjoys film, playing guitar, tennis, live music, and spending time with friends, family and community.

In addition to assisting EW3 with the day-to-day operations of FNFVF Inc, Sam will be helping program and develop all FNFVF events including the upcoming Summer Online Panel Discussion Series, the new Outdoor Screening program, as well as the two annual festivals in May and November.

FNFVF Inc is happy to welcome Samantha Garcia to the FNFVF management team.


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!



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!


Tickets are available starting July 5th.

You can check here:

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