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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.

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Narrative, globally!


Event / October 10

Special / October 13

Special / October 20th

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 five Latinx Indigenous Filmmakers, Fine Arts Theatre in Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month and Lumiere Music Hall RNCI Monthly Film Series.

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 country, 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.

Artist Opportunities


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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

News & Stories

Littlefeather rejected an Oscar on behalf of Best Actor winner Marlon Brando at the 1973 Academy Awards. At the 24th RNCI Red Nation Awards 2019 Sacheen Littlefeather was the recipient of the “Brando Award”. Only after three more years and 49 years after the Oscar rejection took place The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences apologized to Littlefeather.

Watch 2022 Native Indigneous Student Awards

The annual Native Indigenous Student Film Festival, showcasing the next generation of cinematic storytellers.

Joanelle Romero Discusses Native Indigenous Representation

September 18th

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