“How others view American Indians and how we see ourselves is influenced substantially by film. Creating and depicting our own positive narratives of American Indian life and culture helps reverse generations of stereotypes, while allowing Native people to give voice to their own truths.” – Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund (RNCI Red Nation Awards)
“An honor and privilege to stand here at this film festival, it’s inarguably one of the most important film festivals in this country because it allows us to see ourselves in a manner that we usually never do. And to Joanelle Romero and everyone who has made it possible for us to be here tonight, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.” – Edward James Olmos, Actor (RNCI Red Nation Awards)
Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF) strongly believes in the power of storytelling and the positive image of the American Indian. Our native youth fellows need positive reinforcement of our images in film and media. In order to accomplish this goal we have created the Native Youth Matter If I Can See It I Can Be It * MEDIA Scholarship Fund.
Your generosity brings Native filmmakers, speakers, musicians, artists, Indigenous low-income women, Indigenous students and change-makers from all backgrounds to the Red Nation International Film Festival. Each scholarship changes the lives of participants with 12 days of leadership development in film, music, skill sharing and new media.