RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards

The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema

We Are The NEW Hollywood #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative

This year, marks the 26th season 2021 in showcasing features, documentaries, shorts, film market that are produced from the heart of Indian Country and International Indigenous Nations, produced and led by emerging and established American Indian filmmakers.

RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival features the only film competition in the world that offers guaranteed distribution of American Indian & Indigenous Award winning independent films, as well as films that screen at the festival to include a broadcast television release in partnership with Red Nation Television Network™ a global provider of streaming movies and TV series and soon to be announced Festival’s native films televised on a Cable server provider.

The festival will kick off November 1, 2021 and closes November 30th. RNCI Red Nation Awards Show November 14 at Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. RNIFF gives more festival days than any other film festival including Tribeca, Sundance, TIFF, AFI. RNIFF 30 days (hybrid) of more film screenings, conversations, ground-breaking initiatives, theatre, music and so much more!!! All from the Native Perspective …

Throughout the 30 days, the festivals diverse audience, made up of the public, journalists, educators, visiting filmmakers, A-list celebs, film distribution companies, will experience American Indian Cinema, with a lineup over 60 films with many screenings followed by Red Nation Conversation Series Q & A sessions with directors, producers and cast. Festival includes Red Nation Conversation Series, Environmental-Social Justice-Films, Native FILM Market – Distribution-The Pitch, Two Spirit Film Series, Native Youth Matter Film Series, Indigenous Film Series, Retrospective Honoring Filmmakers, Native Women in Film & Television Films Directed by Women and Masterclasses.

Red Nation International Film Festival – The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema™ is the world’s longest running exposition of films by and about Native people in Los Angeles – The Heart of the Entertainment Industry. The festival has served and celebrated 26 years of American Indian & Indigenous Filmmakers, performing artists, audiences, as well as build on partnerships with Network Corporations, Studios, Tribal Communities, American Indian owned Businesses, Public and Private Foundations, Production Companies, and Corporate Sponsors, all of which are based on integrity and their passion to keep our mission alive and thriving. Our trusted partners have become our family of the Festival audiences and patrons.

Red Nation International Film Festival™, RNCI Red Nation Awards™, Native FILM Market™ and its programs are supported by American Indian communities, Corporate America, City Government Funding, Private Foundations, Individuals and the Music and Film Industries who share important social and philanthropic values.

The Festival, RNCI Red Nation Awards, Red Nation Television Network-Native is Here (RNTV), is all about #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative and has become the trustworthy content provider with its groundbreaking initiatives. 2019, RNCI Red Nation Awards was broadcast LIVE for the seventh consecutive year, marking yet another historic phenomenon. In 2014, RNCI Red Nation Awards Show made history in broadcasting LIVE. In 2013, RNCI Red Nation Awards Show made history with a televised broadcast reaching 19 million homes with our partnership with Comcast | NBC Universal and on Red Nation Television Network to 10 million viewers in 37 countries, marking RNCI Red Nation Awards, the first American Indian Awards Show to televised and 2014 the first time an American Indian Awards Show was broadcast LIVE.

Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) programs include films, panel discussions, receptions, filmlabs, talent development, VIP parties, filmmakers lounge, awards show, native film market, Masterclasses, Podcasts, On Red is Green Carpet Events – Native Fashion with Social Action, all in alignment with the festivals mission.

The Festival celebrating cinematic achievements in films, television, music and comedy on behalf of American Indian’s in media, social justice, and the arts. The Festival and Awards Show was born out of Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), Red Nation is at the forefront … In Vision, Creativity, Leadership, Inspiration & Sustainability for American Indian & Indigenous Nations in New Media & the Arts, since 1995. In staying true to our Heritage, Culture, History, Tradition.

The Festival & Awards Show is Home to the Native Documentary Voice™ and is the Premiere Showcase for Native Independent Films.

Festival Overview 2021

2021 Key Dates: RNIFF


* Festival runs: November 1-30, 2021

* November 14. RNCI Red Nation Awards Ceremony. LIVE Telecast on Red Nation Television Network. www.rednationtv.com
“The Industry’s & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices” Cementing Native image at the forefront of the industry, highlighting the very best American Indian & Indigenous contributions in film, television, comedy, music and the arts.

Red Nation International Film Festival the First and Largest Prestigious American Indian & Indigenous indie film festival in Los Angeles. Home to the Native Documentary Voice & Native Women in FILM. The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema. #RNIFF2021-LA

LEARN MORE: rednationff.com

2021 Sponsors



FULL Official Festival 2021 Schedule!

VIP MEMBERS PASSES & PACKAGES – On Sale September 16th.

Red Nation Celebration Institute Members have the opportunity to purchase discounted Festival passes and tickets. Members also receive many other year-round benefits. To learn more or to become a Red Nation Celebration Institute Member, visit: www.rednationff.com/become-a-member/

INDIVIDUAL TICKETSOn Sale to general public October 1st.

Still have questions? No problem. Check out our FAQ page or email us at media@rednation.com

RNIFF Ticket Center

Phone Support Hours
• Mon – Fri. 10:00am – 6:00pm


Lumiere Music Hall

9036 Wilshire Blvd,

Beverly Hills 90211

Fine Arts Theatre 

8556 Wilshire Blvd,

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Red Nation Television Network


Red Nation Intl’ Film Festival 


Red Box Theatre

Special Screening Series (Woodland Hills)


Visit our About page: click here, Inside the Festival page click here and Other Events click here for a list of the Festival’s exciting programs, Awards Show and more.

Festival Hotel

Hotel Angeleno
170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-6411

Festival Social Media Hashtags
#RNIFF2021-LA #WhoTellsTheStoryMatters  #WeAreTheNEWHollywood #NativesInChargeOfTheirNarrative #NativeWomenInFILM  #WhyWeWearRED #NdnMex #NativeYouthMatter #PowerOfFilm


Volunteers and interns play a key role in making the Red Nation Film Festival a yearly success. To learn more, click here.


NOW CLOSED! Thank you filmmakers! This year looks to be EPIC, over 200 film submissions.

Red Nation International Film Festival & RNCI Red Nation Awards produced by Native Indigenous nonprofit organization Red Nation Celebration Institute. Founded by Award Winner Actress/Director/Executive Producer/Humanitarian Joanelle Romero is born of Apache, Navajo, Paiute, SpanishSephardic.

The Festival is solely operated by American Indian & Indigenous artists, filmmakers and respected leaders from within Indian Country.


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