RNIFF’s Inclusion Fellowship Series – now in its 19th season, is an ongoing program focused on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for all members of the Native and Indigenous community, with an emphasis on Native and Indigenous women filmmakers.

The annual Actors UpClose and Personal features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of acting.

Moderator: Joanelle Romero (Red Nation Celebration Institute)

Benioto Del Toro (Actor)

Saginaw Grant (Actor)

The annual Directors Lens features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of directing. 

‘Yellow Rock’ with Nick Vallelonga (director) , Daniel Veluzat, Steve Doucette, Lenore Andriel, Eddie Spears, Michael Spears, Zahn McClarnon 

Held at The Museum of Tolerance

The annual Producers Roundtable features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of producing. “Wind River’ and ‘One Season’

Moderator: A Bone Martinez (actor), Matthew George (producer), Joanelle Romero (actress/director/producer) , Jenna Cavelle (director/producer), Lisa Hope Heth (wellness facilitator) 

The annual Screenwriters Circle features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of screenwriting. 

William Jehu Garroutte (NBC fellow writer), James Tumminia (Producer), Grace Moss (NBC), Christine La Monte (Writer, Producer)

Held at USC

The annual Casting Call  features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of casting. “Where Are We (Native Americans) in Film, Television and Radio

April Webster (Casting Director), Jay Tavare, Russell Means, Mike Smith

Held at Screen Actors Guild-ground-breaking, first panel with Native Talent @ SAG 2000

The annual Native Women in FILM & Television in All Media features intimate, exclusive conversations on the inclusion of Native Women in all media. 

Moderator: Rick Mora

Held at Screen Actors Guild-first panel with Native Women in FILM & Television Talent @ SAG 2012

The annual Native Animation Series  features intimate, exclusive conversations on the art of animation.

Moderator: Joanelle Romero (Red Nation Celebration Institute)

Held at CBS Television Center 

Other Red Nation Conversation Series 

A conversation on American Indian Identity, Federal and Tribal laws of American Indian Identity, Disenrollment, Blacklisting, and how to be an ally to Native and Indigenous communities.

Moderator: David Treuer (Professor at USC Dornsife, Novelist, Translator, Writer)
Gabe Galanda (Attorney)
Pearl Means (Film Producer)
Joanelle Romero (Red Nation Celebration Institute)

Held at USC 

A conversation on “The Power of Inclusion: Native Women, Two-Spirit, Race in Media.”

Moderator: Chris Finley (Professor at USC Dornsife)
Richard Aviles (USC Price, USC Social Work)
Joanelle Romero (Red Nation Celebration Institute)
Christopher Racster (Executive Director, Outfest)

Held at USC 

PARTNERS (over the years)

USC Bedrosian Center School of Public Policy

CBS Television Center

SAG/AFTRA

SAG/AFTRA Foundation 

NBC Comcast  

The Museum of Tolerance

CSUN 

Photos Courtesy Red Nation Celebration Institute @NdnCinema 

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