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




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.

Spring 2021 FNFVF Call for Entries Now Open!

Skokie, IL – First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc. announces the call for entries for the Spring 2021 FNFVF is opening on February 1st. Native American filmmakers can submit their films for the upcoming festival at FilmFreeway. There is no cost to enter the film festival and films only have to meet two criteria. They must be made after January 2016, and the films MUST have a Native American director. The deadline is FEBRUARY 15th, 2021.

Once again, this spring’s festival will take place online May 1 – 10, 2021.

FNFVF Inc is specifically looking for feature films from Indigenous filmmakers of the United States this year. Says Festival Director Ernest Whitman III, “We have great turnout from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and we gladly accept films from the indigenous filmmakers there. Yet, we have had little response from our people in the United States and are looking forward to getting more films to feature.”

First Nations Film and Video Festival is the only film festival that deal directly with Indigenous filmmakers of all skill levels, from beginner to professional, and works to get them a venue for their voice and works. You can submit your film at the FNFVF INC FilmFreeway Page

For more information visit our website at You can also keep up on our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

For any questions contact the festival at