Statement: Delay of Spring 2020 FNFVF

To all current filmmaker applicants and to our patrons:

Firstly, apologies for the lateness in response to the COVID sheltering. We hope you are all taking necessary precautions in these times, and supporting movements when able. This pandemic completely dismantled our festival.

Secondly, more apologies for not getting your films screened at our festival. Yet. You placed a trust in us to do so and we are working to get a festival done. As you know, we are a tiny organization – basically the board and myself, whom all volunteer.

We are looking at an online version of the festival by mid-summer. If we get a service together that best suits our philosophy of a free and open screening. We would like to show your film to as wide an audience as possible.

We are working on a distribute page on our website where our audiences can contact you or your distributor directly. With a backlog of over 20 years of submissions to sort, it is taking a lot of time.

We are close to finding a workaround for this. So stay tuned. Unfortunately, this has also delayed our call for entries to the fall festival. But once we figure that out, we will announce it. Provided that we will be able to hold a festival come November. If you want to help, just continue to spread the word about our festival.

I hope you are doing well in these time. Be well. Be safe. Best of luck. We’ll be in touch.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III – Northern Arapaho
Director, FNFVF Inc

UPDATE: FNFVF Spring2020 Schedule

FNFVF Inc will follow the recommendations of its Spring 2020 Venues. If the venue states it will need to postpone or cancel events during this time, FNFVF Inc will work to re-schedule:

Fri May 1
Sat May 2 – Newberry Library – POSTPONED until 8/2020
Sun May 3 – Gene Siskel Center 8pm PENDING
Mon May 4 – Evanston Public Library 6pm PENDING
Tue May 5 – American Indian Center 6pm PENDING
Wed May 6 – Block Cinema 7pm PENDING
Thu May 7 – Mitchell Museum 6pm PENDING
Fri May 8 – Field Museum 1pm PENDING
Sat May 9 – Ragtag Cinema 1pm PENDING
Sun May 10
Mon May 11 – Music Box Theatre PENDING

Thank you you for the support all of these years. We will update this post when changes are made.

With respect,

Ernest M Whiteman III (Northern Arapaho)
FNFVF 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.

FREE with RSVP.

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

We hope to see you there.