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!



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.



The Spring 2022 FNFVF continues with another online program. The program begins at 7:00pm. Tonight’s films include:

Tz’üntz’ü, DIRECTED BY Salvador Martínez Chacruna & Pablo Fulgueira (Ñhañhu AKA “Otomi” people)
A portrait of the Singing Bird People. The Hñahñú or Otomi sing all throughout their lives. Dreams and landscapes are the source for their inspiration and health.


A SCHOOL CALLED AMERICA, directed by Pablo Mardones Charlone, Antonia Mardones Marshall, Maria Paz Espinoza Peña (Aymaras, Venezuelan, Afro)
Joaquín, Deyna, Ricardo and Dilan have something in common. They are all children who live in Arica and study at Escuela América, a public school that houses many foreigners. Through a choral story, they express what it meant to leave their countries, how they feel in Chile, and particularly in Arica, about discrimination against migrants and how they have integrated. They tell us about the wishes and desires and the opportunities and challenges that come from another country means. As they talk and meet in different parts of the city, they question their own childhood, looking for ways that will lead them to wonder about their own lives.

The Rise and Return of the Sacred Divine Feminine: The Declaration, directed by Maluk Anuki McKinley (Yamassee / Blackfoot/ Lenape)
This inspiring, empowering, and uplifting presentation is an embodiment of sacred energy, balance, the sacred remembrance of our ancient way of life and the true role and contribution that the sacred divine feminine brings to the world. Peace and Love.


Join us tonight in viewing these films. You can GET YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE. For those who got their tickets for prior programs, you can still use those to view with us. All FNFVF Programs are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Our next two programs are also online programs which take place Saturday, May 7 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!