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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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Red Nation Television Network

Native Indigenous Media Streaming Company

Your #1 Streaming Service 24/7 | Founded 2006

October 22, 2023 | Live on RNIFF Facebook

Press Conference

28th RNCI RED NATION AWARDS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

THE RNCI RED NATION AWARDS SET TO AIR LIVE, NOVEMBER 12, ON RED NATION TELEVISION NETWORK

Actress, CEO, producer/director Joanelle Romero and actress Kerry Knuppe (On Sacred Ground) will announce the 28th RNCI Red Nation Awards nominations (Friday, October 20), via a global live stream on https://RedNationTV.com, https://RedNationFF.com, https://RedNationcele.org, the Red Nation Celebration Institute’s digital platforms, and broadcast media.

FULL PRESS RELEASE Scheduled Tuesday, October 20. 2023!

#WhoTellsTheStoryMatter

Only One Water

November 1, 2023 | Live at 1:00pm (PST) on RNIFF Facebook

Only One Water™ Virtual Summit

Kicking Off the 28th Red Nation International Film Festival With Host Joanelle Romero and Special Guests:

  • JoDe Goudy
  • Roberto Mukaro Borrero
  • Sharon Day
California Native Indigenous Film Commission

November 2, 2023 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm | In Person | Santa Monica 

Economic Development on Native Land™

The RNCI California Native Indigenous Film Commission is delighted to introduce “ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ON NATIVE LAND™” in partnership with the entertainment industry. This enlightening discussion will shed light on the profound importance of filming on Native land, presenting a novel perspective on this vital subject.

This initiative is about more than just film production; it’s about economic growth. By creating job opportunities, offering workforce development training to prepare tribal members for the film industry, and unlocking untapped resources, we’re poised to increase revenue significantly. Additionally, we’re poised to explore new locations, uncover hidden treasures, and expand horizons.

Hilton Hotel
1707 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

RNIFF 2023 Poster

November 3 – 11, 2023 | In Person | Los Angeles

28th Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards the Largest Native Indigenous Festival in the World

80 Official Selections 45 Directed by Women , 40 Women Screenwriters

Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is a program of RNCI. Empowering Native Indigenous Storytellers Since 1995. Is the largest Native Indigenous Film Festival in the world and the first in Los Angeles.

Amplifying more than 5000+ Native and Indigenous content creators through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network, supporting 2700+ 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 six years RNCI has screened 162 films directed by women.

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.

Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Oscars Square

November 12, 2023 | 4:00pm | In Person | Los Angeles

RNCI Red Nation Awards

“Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices”™
Cementing Native Indigenous at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry

Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, Television has the Emmy, and Indian Country has the Red Nation Film Award of Excellence™

Since 1995, the RNCI Red Nation Awards has honored outstanding artistic achievements in television, film, comedy, music and the arts. The show is an integral part of RNCI’s mission and is held on the last day closing the Red Nation International Film Festival. RNCI’s mission is to create greater opportunities for American Indian & Indigenous families in the United States. As a national television special with a cause, the RNCI Red Nation Awards demonstrates how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry and diversity strengthens our country by promoting fair, accurate, and representative portrayals of American Indian & Indigenous image.

Each November, in celebration of American Indian Heritage Month, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to RNCI Red Nation Awards. Interest and anticipation builds as we lead up to the RNCI Red Nation Awards LIVE telecast on Red Nation Television Network, when hundreds of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in native filmmaking.

Fine Arts Theatre
8556 Wilshire Blvd,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Marlon Brando

November TBA | Virtual

The Conversation Series

Streaming on Red Nation TV Network.

RNCI Red Nation Awards will Air November 24 On Red Nation Television Network

November 24, 2023 | Virtual

The 28th RNCI Red Nation Awards

The presentation of the 28th RNCI Red Nation Awards telecast, previously scheduled on November 12, will be airing Friday, November 24, 2023, (8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST) on Red Nation Television Network.

28th Red Nation Festival at Home

November 13 – 30, 2023 | Streaming

Film Program Online

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Crow Dog

November 30, 2023 | Sunset Ceremony

The American Indian Holocaust Memorial

Honoring Our Ancestors

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, where the Tongva and Chumush used to meet at the Water portal, ceremony was in association with the City of Los Angeles reopening of The Los Angeles State Historic Park.

In 2015, RNCI established The American Indian Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. in front of the White House with American Indian Community Leaders.

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The Creative Enterprise by Natives Delivering to All People the Stories that Shape our World.

Empowering Native Indigenous Storytellers

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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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