Through our RNCI Red Nation Awards, the only Native Indigenous awards show that is broadcast annually since 2013 on Red Nation Television Network. This is a whole new market for the entertainment industry, films made by and about people of Native Indigenous descent.

RNIFF Films Race for the 2023 Oscars

The RNIFF-screened Two Oscar-qualifying films to compete in the 2023 Oscar race for Best Live Action and Best Picture. Let’s cheer them on as they race for a nomination.

November 20, 2022 at the RNCI Red Nation Awards Wes Studi won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for A LOVE SONG and BURROS won Best Live Action including The Film Consultant Award went to  Larry ‘Bear” Wilson: Burros.

… both are eligible to be shortlisted for the Academy Award, being the largest Native Indigenous film festival in the entertainment industry, this is fantastic news. Congratulations to our Filmmakers.

We are the New Hollywood! Who Tells The Story Matters!

Native Indigenous film and filmmakers are still underrepresented in mainstream media and pop culture, one of the strongest pathways to breaking those barriers is supporting our mission through our year-round programs.

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January 2023 

Award Winners, On the Red is Green Carpet Interviews, and so much more.


Oct 10 – Nov 30

Event / October 10

Special / October 13

Special / October 25th

November 9-19.
In Person

RNIFF largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the Country.

November 20.
In Person

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices”™ Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, Television has the Emmy, and Indian Country has the Red Nation Film Award of Excellence™

WES STUDI to receive the RNCI Lifetime Achievement Award

27th RNCI Red Nation Awards Ceremony

For Your Consideration
‘A Love Song’ premiered at #RNIFF27 Season
#Oscars @Academy

News & Stories

Standing Rock Protests Come to Life in Feature Film ‘On Sacred Ground,’ Starring David Arquette (Exclusive)

AMC Networks Eyes More Native American Stories With Red Nation Film Festival Pact

Indigenous Voices – Cronkite News

Exclusive On Sacred Ground Trailer Previews David Arquette-Led Drama

Red Nation International Film Festival is the only festival in the world that has created the ‘The Marlon Brando Award’ in his honor for his commitment to the American Indian and cinematic arts.

The Brando Award endorsed by Miko Brando and Rebecca Brando.

Red Nation Celebration Institute partners in 2022/23 with Edward James Olmos LALIFF with four Latinx Indigenous Filmmakers in Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month.  

2022 Festival Key Dates – BE in the Know

The Red Nation International Film Festival is the connection to cultural bridging of independent Native Indigenous artists and audiences, amplifying emerging voices and perspectives for the Native Indigenous storyteller. The 2022 Festival will take place
November 1 – 30.

2022 Red Nation International Film Festival: InPerson Screenings, Online Platform, Health Safety, & Ticketing Details

Time to begin planning your experience at the largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the country. 2022 Details include: ticketing options, venues, and RNIFF health and safety for our artists and audiences.

Get Early Access to Festival Tickets? Become a Member

Members have access to ticket pre-sales, a 20% merchandise discount, invites to special events, and more. Find the level that’s right for you. When you become an RNCI member you become family in supporting the Native and Indigenous
Narrative, globally!

Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards Show

Founded by Joanelle Romero in 1995 with the mission is to break barriers of racism by creating systemic change through media and pop culture in order to eliminate Native American stereotypes. Our vision for the future of cinema is one in which Native Indigenous perspectives are authentically pictured, recognized, and valued in a way that promotes strong authentic Native identities, economic outcomes, equity, and wellness for our Indigenous communities.

Today, Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is the largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the Entertainment Industry and the first in Los Angeles. A program of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) the Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. Empowering Indigenous Storytellers Since 1995.

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Red Nation Celebration Institute receives the LMGI ‘Trailblazer Award’ 2022
  • Watch LMGI President John Rakich give Land Acknowledgement and Zion White sing an honor song
  • Hear what LMGI VP Alison Taylor and Edward James Olmos have to say about RNCI

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