RNCI the Creative Enterprise by Natives

Delivering To All People
The Stories That Shape Our World

Amplifying Native Indigenous content creators in front of and behind the camera, since 1995.

The nonprofit enterprise Red Nation Celebration Institute along with its partners of inclusion, hosts screenings and events year-round throughout the United States, as well as abroad and online, to celebrate Native Indigenous independent storytelling, help artists refine their craft, and reach global audiences.

Founded 1995 by Joanelle Romero is the longest standing Native Women-Led, Indigenous media arts cultural pioneer nonprofit enterprise in the Entertainment Industry.

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2023 Schedule

RNIFF 28th Season – 80 “Official Selections’ 8 Features, 16 Documentaries, 29 Doc Shorts, 13 Narrative Shorts, 8 Animation, 1 Episodic, 5 student films, 45 Directed by Women, 40 Women Screenwriters.

The lineup includes 9 world premieres, 13 U.S. premieres, 23 Festival premieres, and 35 Los Angeles premieres.

Countries include United States, Canada, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Greenland, Hungary, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom and Peru.

The competition offers audiences a first look at groundbreaking new voices from the Native Indigenous perspective in independent film.

Special Presentation
October 22

2023 RNCI Red Nation Awards Ceremony Nominees Press Conference on Sunday, October 22 where we will be announcing the Film Festival nominations LIVE

Virtual Event
November 1

An innovative think tank within the Entertainment Industry, uniting Native and Indigenous filmmakers, creatives, and communities from around the world in Los Angeles.

Industry Networking Mixer @ AFM
November 2

California Native Indigenous Film Commission brings together Natives in Charge of their Narrative with industry allies at the American Film Market!

Native Cinema / In Pereson
November 3 - 11

In a remarkable feat, we have even surpassed prominent film festivals like Toronto, Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, & the Oscars in terms of the sheer numbers of women-directed films featured.

Native Cinema
November 3

Opening Night

Billed as an epic adventure based on a Native American creation myth, the film highlights the increasingly pressing need to live in harmony with the environment — before it is too late.

Native Cinema
November 3

Opening Night

In the year 2045, amidst environmental devastation, Ishkode and her unlikely companion Niife join forces on what is left of the land to save themselves by protecting each other.

Native Cinema
November 7

Spotlight

The interlocking stories of two young Oglala Lakota men growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Native Cinema
November 11

Closing Night

Removed from their family home and forced into Canada’s residential school system, Cree musical prodigy Aline and her siblings are plunged into a struggle for survival.

Native Cinema
November 11

Closing Night

An unexpected invitation rushes a grieving young woman into a lonely road trip through the American Midwest towards the border between Texas and Mexico.

Native Cinema
November 11

Closing Night

Arriving to New Zealand from Samoa as a young child in the 1950s, Fa’amoana was taken from his family and placed in state care, suffering terrible abuse alongside thousands of other Pacific…

Gala Presentation
November 12

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices” Cementing Native image at the forefront of the industry, highli…

Festival at Home
November 13 - 30

RNIFF mission to break barriers of racism by creating systemic change through film television in all media in order to eliminate American Indian stereotypes.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: Eight Feature Films to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: Sixteen Documentary Films to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: Twentynine Doc Short Films to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: Thirteen Live Action Films to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: Eight Animation Films to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Native Cinema
November 3 - 11

Native Indigenous Cinematic Excellence: One Episodic to experience. Natives in Charge of their Narrative.

Virtual Event
November 25

The presentation of the 28th RNCI Red Nation Awards telecast, previously scheduled on November 12, will be airing Saturday, November 25, 2023,  on Red Nation Television Network.

Event
November 30

The American Indian Holocaust Memorial was established in 2007 by RNCI, Downton Los Angeles. The ceremony was held at The Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Distribution Matters
November 1 - 30

A one-of-a-kind event with Festival Filmmakers, distribution companies, production companies, and esteemed members of the entertainment industry.

Virtual Event
December

Looking Through the Native Lens:
WHO TELLS THE STORY MATTERS! Native Indigenous at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry. We are the new Hollywood!

The Conversation Series is a dynamic set of events occurring throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons annually.

RNCI Year Round Programs
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Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) was established out of a direct need and today is an industry standard.

WHO TELLS THE STORY MATTERS

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), The Authentic Voice for American Indian & Indigenous Nations, founded 1995. The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world. The longest standing Native Women-Led, Indigenous media arts cultural pioneer nonprofit enterprise in the Entertainment Industry. Based in Los Angeles and Santa Fe NM, serving Indian Country & Entertainment Industry, representing 570+ Native Nations, established a rich legacy of work by supporting 894+ Native Indigenous filmmakers. 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.

Meet RNCI Board of Directors https://rednationff.com/board-of-directors/

RNCI Properties include: Red Nation International Film Festival, RNCI Red Nation Awards, Red Nation Television Network Native Indigenous Media Streaming Company (predating Netflix and all other streaming services), Native Women in Film & Television in All Media, RNCI Crew, California Native Film Commission, New Mexico Film Commission, American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles, Native Studies Center, Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts #NotTodayColonizer, and #NativeYouthMatter – If I Can See It I Can Be It.

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