Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards Show

#WhoTellsTheStoryMatters Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is a program of Red Nation  Celebration Institute (RNCI) the Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. 

Red Nation Celebration Institute is a pioneer, Native Women-LED, Indigenous enterprise-founded in 1995. Making its mark as the longest standing Native Media, Arts & Cultural nonprofit in the City of Los Angeles and the first Native organization funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs includes the largest Native Indigenous Independent Film Festival in the world, serving Indian Country & Entertainment Industry, representing over 570+ Native Nations.

Our core foundation is uniting creatives within our community with Hollywood to bring together a greater voice to the entertainment industry and the world at large. Red Nation Celebration Institute is honored and proud to work with strong leaders within our Native Nations across Indian Country America and our Indigenous talent from directors, producers, writers, actors and crew in front of and behind the camera, fostering the next generation of talent and leaders. #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) has established a rich legacy of work supporting more than 5000+ Native and Indigenous filmmakers through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network, amplifying  more than 839 Native Indigenous filmmakers through its Red Nation International Film Festival.

includes Sterlin Harjo, Loretta Todd, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark Williams, James Bird, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kyle Kauwika Harris, Katsitsionni Fox, Daniel Foreman, Alba Enid García, Klee Benally, Yvonne Russo, Randy Redroad, Jeffrey Palmer, Hepi Mita, Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi including allies that have made Native and Indigenous themed films Chloe Zhao, Taylor Sherdian, Joe Berlinger, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Josh Tickell, Susanna White, Stephen S. Campanelli, Brigitte Timmerman, Deborah Anderson, Kathleen Hepburn, Jaima Chevalier, Joanne Storkan, Haroula Rose, Lesley Johnson, Chris Writs, and Mark Ruffalo.

In the last four years RNCI has screened 103 films directed by women.

RNCI continues into the next 25 years with #RNCILegacyProject

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices”™

Hollywood has the Oscars, Broadway had the Tony, Television has the Emmy and Indian Country has the Red Nation Film Award for Excellence™

Who Tells The Story Matters

COMING SOON–Join us for an encore broadcast of the full 26th Red Nation Awards Ceremony, originally aired in November 14, 2021 at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. Stay tuned for the announcement of the re-broadcast date this holiday season right here #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative

#OnTheRedRoadToGold #OnTheRedIsGreenCarpet

The 2021 RNCI Red Awards Ceremony
Streaming Now

The 2021 RNCI Red Nation Awards Ceremony – is an event of 26th Red Nation International Film Festival. A representation of the Red Nation Celebration Institute. STREAMING NOW on Red Nation Network A Media Broadcast Streaming Company.

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.

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