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Red Nation Celebration Institute

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) The Creative Enterprise by Natives Delivering to all People the Stories that Shape our World. Is the longest-running successful Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry and the first Indigenous non-profit funded by the City of Los Angeles. Serving over 575+ Native Nations in the U.S. and collectively on the planet 1200. Based in Los Angeles with an office in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Founded by Joanelle Romero in 1995 with the mission to break barriers of racism by creating systemic change through film television in all media in order to eliminate American Indian stereotypes. Our vision for the future of cinema and the arts 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.

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Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is the world’s largest Native Indigenous film and media arts festival and the first in Los Angeles, a program of RNCI. Empowering Native Indigenous Storytellers Since 1995.

Amplifying more than 5000+ Native and Indigenous content creators through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network, supporting 2780+ Native Indigenous filmmakers through its Red Nation International Film Festival, including films directed by women through its Native Women in Film & Television in All Media, since 1995. In the last seven years RNCI has screened 177 films directed by women.

Filmmakers include (short-list) Marie Clements, Danis Goulet, 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, Jeffrey Palmer, Hepi Mita, Chelsea Winstanley, Taika Waititi.

Allies (short-list) that have made Native and Indigenous themed films that have screened at RNIFF or have been presenters at RNCI Red Nation Awards Christian Bale, Scott Cooper, Benicio del Toro, Rory Cochrane, Edward James Olmos, Ed Begley Jr., Chloe Zhao, Taylor Sherdian, Joe Berlinger, Josh Tickell, Susanna White, Stephen S. Campanelli, Brigitte Timmerman, Deborah Anderson, Kathleen Hepburn, Jaima Chevalier, Joanne Storkan, Haroula Rose, Lesley Johnson, Chris Writs.  

Los Angeles is home to the largest urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the country, with over 200 tribes, including the original peoples of this land: the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash.

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