Who We Are

Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) is the world’s largest Native Indigenous film and media arts festival and the first in Los Angeles, a program of RNCI. Empowering Native Indigenous Storytellers Since 1995. 

Amplifying more than 5000+ Native and Indigenous content creators through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network, supporting 2780+ 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, since 1995. In the last seven years RNCI has screened 177 films directed by women.

Los Angeles is home to the largest urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the country, with over 200 tribes, including the original peoples of this land: the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash.

Our Mission

Founded by Joanelle Romero in 1995 with the mission to break barriers of racism by creating systemic change through film television in all media in order to eliminate American Indian stereotypes. Our vision for the future of cinema and the arts 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.


Our Vision

We envision a world where systemic change is driven through the arts and media, amplifying the stories of American Indian and Indigenous filmmakers and communities. Through our innovative, year-round programs, initiatives, and events, we elevate visibility and craft narratives that reflect our identity as contemporary people. Collaborating with global partners and educational institutions, we harness diverse media platforms to inspire and educate, forging a future where our voices are heard and our stories lead the way.


RNCI’s legacy is rich with cultural and cinematic excellence. Our leadership actively implements a vision for the future of cinema: one in which American Indian perspectives are authentically pictured, recognized, and valued in a way that promotes strong Native identities, economic outcomes, equity, and wellness for our communities. We deliver increased representation of Native and Indigenous peoples in popular culture, both in front and behind the camera with our Film Festivals, RNCI Crew Directory and Red Nation Television Network the first media streaming company, predating Netflix and others.

Red Nation International Film Festival is a Program of

Red Nation Celebration Institute

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) The Creative Enterprise by Natives Delivering to all People the Stories that Shape our World. Is the longest-running successful Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry and the first Indigenous non-profit funded by the City of Los Angeles. Serving over 575+ Native Nations in the U.S. and collectively on the planet 1200. Based in Los Angeles with an office in Santa Fe New Mexico.

RNCI is the world’s most recognized American Indian performing arts, cultural, media, and educational nonprofit organization dedicated to American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations, representing music, actors, writers, directors, producers, and visual artists.

Red Nation Celebration Institute continued commitment supports excellence in education, self-esteem, healthy lifestyles, community building, economic development, empowerment and inspirational opportunities for native youth and women and has changed American society with its continued on-going programs in the arts, media, social justice, civic engagement, economic empowerment, research, training and international relations.

Red Nation Celebration Institute advocates on behalf of American Indian artists, performers, actors, directors, producers, writers as a liaison organization, promoting strong federally recognized artists including urban native communities as well as promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous Nations, and people to the entertainment industry, arts, social justice, tribal nations, environmental and educational communities in Los Angeles and County, the State of California and world.

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