RNCI Native Women Filmmakers Series

Founded 2003

Program Overview

Red Nation Celebration Institute’s – Native Women Filmmakers Series is an ongoing program focused on building a more inclusive and equitable industry for Native and Indigenous Women. Fellowship will be awarded to seven visionary filmmakers that identify as North American Indian, First Nation Peoples of Canada, Alaska Native and/or International Indigenous Peoples from Mexico, South America, New Zealand.

The three selected participants will receive funding and mentorship from industry professionals to complete their film . Completed films will premiere at 29th Red Nation International Film Festival, November 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Professional Merit: Open to emerging filmmakers who have completed at least one short film, have not yet completed a feature film and are ready for the next step in their career.
  • Artistic Merit: Have a clear vision of what they want to execute and accomplish, with a powerful voice.

Required Materials for Submission

  1. Project Treatment
    Must include:  Working title, Plot synopsis, and,  Development
    • Must be written in English (although the final film can be in a different language)
    • Must be 3 pages or shorter (single space, Arial font)
    • Must be for a short film (less than 45 minutes) of any genre
    • Must be the original work of the submitter created solely for the purpose of this competition
  2. Director’s statement
    Elaborate on your motive and vision behind your proposal for this fellowship. (Max. 2 pages – Single space, Arial font)
  3. Identity Statement
    Provide a short statement on your connection to your Native or Indigenous Latino identity and community (max. 300 words)
  4. Samples of previous work
    It can be a director’s reel or excerpts from previous work (Max. 5 minutes)

For any questions related to the application, contact program.labs@rednation.com

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© 2003 RNCI Native Women Filmmaker Series

Applications Will Open Summer 2024.

Native Women Filmmakers Series

For any questions related to the application, contact program.labs@rednation.com

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • NoVo Foundation
  • California Community Foundation
  • National Endowment for Humanities

Support for the RNCI Native Women Filmmakers Series

RNCI Native Women Filmmakers Series is made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships.

Give your support to RNCI Native Women Filmmakers Series program.

  • Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles
  • Gavin White Empowerment Fund
  • Joanelle Romero
  • RNCI Board of Directors

RNCI Year-Round Program Calendar

The Red Nation Celebration Institute Programs focus on the specific development of storytellers from Native and Indigenous backgrounds, encompassing feature film and episodic work. Fellows will receive hands-on support from the Institute and advisors, including one-on-one feedback sessions and roundtable discussions.

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