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Red Nation Celebration Institute is Good Business

Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards is a program of Red Nation Celebration Institute. Films that screen at Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) have received broadcast network deals, distribution deals, actors have been hired for television series, casted in feature films and asked to be presenters at NAACP Image Awards. Writers are looked at for future television shows, these are a few of the key benefits that the film festival provides. One of our major accomplishments is that RNIFF has locked down exclusive screenings with major production companies in choosing films to screen BEFORE being screened to general public then going on to win awards!

2021 Red Nation International Film Festival Congratulations to  #ChloeZhao First Woman of Color and Second woman to WIN for Best Director for #Nomadland #Oscars2021 The Academy

RNCI continues to recognize cinematic excellence #NativesinChargeofTheirNarrative
Chloé Zhao films ‘Songs My Brother Taught Me’ WON Red Nation Award for Best Picture, Best Director,  Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, and ‘The Rider’ Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role. 

Films that screen at Red Nation International Film Festival  go on to garnered Academy Awards, Emmy Awards. Spirit Awards including Canadian Screen Awards, Cannes Film Festival.“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open”, “Songs My Brother Taught Me”,  “I Stand: The Guardians of the Water“, “Wind River”, “Woman Walks Ahead”,  “Indian Horse”, “Frozen River”, “The Garden” and “Honor the Treaties”.  

In addition, RNIFF was the first film festival in the world to screen before its premier and to the general public in partnership with Summit EntertainmentTwilight Saga: New Moon”.  This is the Festival to experience Native Cinematic Excellence.

On the Red is Green Carpet Events were first launched at RNIFF, providing a platform in keeping with its’ mission American Indian at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry.

Native Film Market – Red Nation Celebration Institute ground-breaking initiative INDIGENOUS EYES FILMMAKER SHOWCASE was launched in November 2015 and sponsored by Honest Engine Films, in partnership with Red Nation Television Network, and presented by Red Nation Celebration Institute in Santa Monica at the Loews Hotel during American Film Market. Annually Film Market.

1000 distribution and production companies were invited, 400 attended the Red is Green carpet gala. This launch created a buzz, internationally and locally, industry professionals were amazed at how many native & indigenous films have been produced. Red Nation’s INDIGENOUS EYES FILMMAKER SHOWCASE highlighted this very important ground-breaking initiative.

Red Nation Celebration Institute’s Native FILM Market, now in its sixth year 2020, held during Red Nation International  Film Festival in November, annually. The 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 is a showcase for new work by American Indian & Indigenous international independent filmmakers, bringing together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media representation of American Indian & Indigenous content to the world at large.

  • I Stand: The Guardians of the Water” screened at RNIFF2017 picking up RNCI Red Nation Award for Best Documentary and went on to receive an EMMY2020. 
  • “Wind River” screened at RNIFF picking up five at RNCI Red Nation Awards and went on to receive a nomination for First Time Feature Film Director and Screenwriter at the 70th Director Guild of America. (2017
  • The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invites Red Nation Film Festival Founder Joanelle Romero as a lifetime member (2016).
  • Groundbreaking First Time In History,  that a Native Awards Shows broadcast. RNCI Red Nation Awards Show is broadcast LIVE and streamed on Red Nation Television Network – Native is Here. (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Red Nation Film Festival (Distribution) Native FILM Market @ American Film Market (2015)
  • First Time in History Cable Television, RNCI Red Nation Awards Show was broadcast on Comcast | NBC Universal and LA Channel 35, this marks an historic event in being the first time an American Indian Awards Show, pre-recorded broadcast. (2013)
  • Red Nation International Film Festival, 10 films were broadcast on Comcast | NBC Universal (2013) reaching 19 million viewers. 
  • “Honor the Treaties” after screening and winning Best Doc Sort @ RNIFF 2012, the short went on to Win an Emmy  in 2013.
  • RNIFF was invited to submit festival films for consideration into the NAACP Image Awards. This was the first and only time in the history of the NAACP Image Awards that American Indian Films were considered. (2012)
  • “Yellow Rock” feature film has won awards across the country since winning their first award at RNIFF as well as received a national distribution deal as a result of being directly screened and also won awards at our festival. (2011)
  • “Twilight- New Moon” RNIFF partnered with Summit Entertainment in screening Twilight- New Moon, before the film had its premiere and going into public theaters, this was a first for Summit Entertainment in regards to screening their franchise at any film festival. (2009)
  • “Frozen River” screened at RNIFF and went on to garner two Academy Award nominations and six Spirit Awards nominations. (2008)
  • “The Garden” screened at RNFF and went on to receive a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the 81st Academy Awards. (2008)

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