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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

“3 Sisters”. 2022. © Cara Romero (Chemehuevi). All rights reserved. Courtesy of artist.

March 5 – 10. 2023 | Los Angeles / Leading up to the Academy Awards®

14th NWIFTV Native Women in Film Festival

The Matriarchs of Cinema / Women of Influence

Decolonizing The Entertainment Industry

32 Films Directed by Women from a Native Perspective

#WhyWeWearRED

Red Nation Student Film Academy

April 10 – 13. 2023 | Los Angeles

Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts Film Festival

WHO WE ARE: Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts is the largest Native Indigenous Student Academy for Cinematic Arts in the country and the first Native Indigenous Student film festival in Los Angeles.

2023 FESTIVAL | This year’s festival will include screenings (ticket), Awards Ceremony and free virtual events dedicated to increasing the visibility of Native Indigenous Student storytellers in the entertainment landscape.

22 Films Directed by Students from the U.S., Canada, Venezula and Chile.

August 16 – 18. 2023 | Santa Fe New Mexico / Indian Market

"On the Road" 28th Red Nation Celebration Institute

Host Venue Hotel Santa Fe

Presented by The New Mexico Native Indigenous Film Commission

Partners Red Nation Television Network, New Mexico Native Indigenous Film Commission, Locations Manager Guide International (LMGI), Albuquerque Film Office, Crewvie, IATSE Local480, Picuris Pueblo / Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe Film Office, Plaza Cafe, TOURISM Santa Fe, Native Women in Film & Television in All Media.

Programs:

  • RNCI Crew Economic Development on Native Land Investing in the Future, RNCI Crew Directory Meetup
  • RNCI Reception
  • Film Program

Sponsorship Opportunities https://www.rednationff.com/sponsors/ 

November 1 – 30. 2023 | Los Angeles

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

Red Nation International Film Festival™ (RNIFF) is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated program Native Youth Matter™ – If I Can See It I Can Be It.™

RNIFF is the world’s largest Native Indigenous film festival and first Native film festival in Los Angeles. Home to the Native Documentary Voice. RNIFF routinely secures top Native films and is dedicated to increasing the visibility of American Indian and Indigenous storytellers and artists in the entertainment landscape.

RNIFF is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), Founded in 1995 by Joanelle Romero. The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world is the longest-running Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry. Based in Los Angeles with offices in Santa Fe New Mexico, serving Indian Country & Entertainment Industry. Representing over 570+ Native Nations, 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. In the last six years RNCI has screened 162 films directed by women.

RNCI is the first Native nonprofit organization funded by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. (2000) RNCI founded the American Indian Heritage Month (AIHM) in the City of Los Angeles in 2005 and was officially recognized in 2006 by the State of California for organizing AIHM.

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28th Red Nation Festival at Home

RNIFF at HOME

Seventeen films are available for streaming online, including “Four Souls of Coyote”, “Finality of Dusk”, “A Boy Called Piano” and other indigenous films.

28th Red Nation Awards Red Nation Television Network

The 28th RNCI Red Nation Awards

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.

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

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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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