CALL FOR ENTRIES – FALL 2022 FESTIVAL, Begins June 15th

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 http://fnfvf.org/schedule 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!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: Season Two of “Fine, We’ll Do It Ourselves” Online Panel Discussion Series!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Season Two of:
Fine, We’ll Do It Ourselves
Online Panel Discussion Series
June 2022 – Episode I: “What We Must Never Do is Steal from Ourselves”: Natives Appropriating Natives
We are asking past participants to be on this online panel to discuss the topic with one another.

Event Three: FNFVF Online Panel Discussion Series Oct. 24, 6pm CDT

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc continues its online panel discussion series with “The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors” taking place on Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at 6:00pm CDT (7pm EDT, 5pm MDT). Panelists include Native American women directors discussing issues that affect them in the industry and hosted by FNFVF Inc Board Member BC Echohawk.

 

The Zoom event is free and open to the public. You can get your free tickets by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Panelists for this event include:

MICHELLE HERNANDEZ (Douk)
SARAH HANNIGAN (Light)
PAMELA J PETERS (NDN Exiles)
RAMONA EMERSON (Mayors of Shiprock)
TAMMY LYNN ELDER (Project Eagle Feather)

The “Fine, We’ll Do It Ourselves” Online Panel Discussion Series began in July 2021 to give Native American filmmakers, producers, and festival directors a space to discuss topics that concern their art, their representation, and the ever-shirking spaces for Native voices. FNFVF Inc. is planning a winter and spring series for online panels.