August 14 – 17, 2019


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Red Nation Celebration Institute was established out of a direct need and today is an industry standard. RNCI has its roots in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the famous Indian Market (est. 1995); RNCI partnered with Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) Don Owen, executive director at that time. RNCI pioneered the music movement during Indian Market August 1995 at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre to a sold out audience. In 1995 there wasn’t any contemporary American Indian music being performed, since the inception of Indian Market. RNCI also launched the first Red Carpet and Native Music on the plaza during Indian Market. Today, contemporary Native music, red carpets galas, and music on the plaza can be experienced throughout Indian market week.


LOCATIONS! La Fonda on the Plaza, Violet Crown, Hotel Santa Fe
Wednesday, August 14 * Thursday, August 15 * Saturday, August 17th

One of the most prestigious and popular events held during Santa Fe Indian Market is RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, now in its 24th season, is a fundraiser for Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), founded in Santa Fe during Indian Market in 1995. All proceeds goes towards RNCI Year-round programs supporting Indigenous Filmmakers, Native Youth, and women. RNCI organization launched the Contemporary American Indian music scene during Indian market in 1995, produced the first Native Film Festival during Indian market, produced the first Red Carpet Gala during Indian Market, produced the music scene on the Plaza during Indian Market. All events take place between August 14 – 17, includes Press Conference, Film Program, The Writers Room Masterclass, and Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED.


August 14th

*Natives in Charge of Their Native Narrative*

10am to noon @ La Fonda on the Plaza. Press Conference.

Hosted by La Fonda on the Plaza.

Welcoming Introductions by Honorable Mayor Alan Webber City of  Santa Fe and Todd Christensen NM Film Office

In Person 

A Martinez | Powwow Highway

Joanelle Romero | Powwow Highway

Gary Farmer | Powwow Highway

Amanda Wyss | Powwow Highway

Denise Harvey | Tribal Council of The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde

FREE Event – must RSVP:
Donations are welcome in support Red Nation Celebration Institute Year-round programs.

The Writers Room Masterclass | Natives in Charge of Their Native Narrative

August 14th

5:00pm to 7:00pm – The Writers Room Masterclass @ location TBA

A Martinez | Powwow Highway

Joanelle Romero | Powwow Highway

Todd Christensen | NM Film Office

FREE Event – must RSVP:
Donations are welcome in support Red Nation Celebration Institute Year-round programs.

Screening Film Program | Red Nation Conversation Series

August 15th

30th Anniversary Powwow Highway The Contemporary feature film that Changed the Narrative Forever …

Violet Crown | Ticketed Event

6:00pm Red is Green Carpet | Meet & Greet

7:00pm to 8:45pm | Screening ‘Powwow Highway’

9:00pm | Film Panel

Tickets: $20.00 per person

Native Women in FILM & Television

August 17th

Last August, Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED had its first press conference during Indian Market week-end addressing the Call to Action on lack of Native Women in Film & Television and the direct link to Murdered & Missing Native Women. The event below is the one year follow up with how far we have come in one year with our partners Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Native Women in Film Media Coalition.

Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED

Hosted by Hotel Santa Fe

3:00pm to 5:00pm @ Hotel Santa Fe | Ticketed Event

YOUR INVITED TO EXPERIENCE! One of the most important conversations this year! This event will be an inspiring and empowering. “Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED Conversation Series Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM 1st Congressional District) will be the guest of honor. Joanelle Romero actor, founder of RNCI Red Nation International Film Festival, Native Women in FILM #WhyWeWearRED, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, currently the only Native filmmaker to be short-listed for an Oscar.

Welcoming Introduction by Signe Lindell Santa Fe City Councilor atCity of Santa Fe.

Moderator Pearl Means – Film producer and Native Women in FILM Board member.

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More TBA!!!! Stay Connected …. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be shared with #WhyWeWearRED initiatives.

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