Native Women in Film & Television in All Media FILM FESTIVAL (NWIFF) is the first and largest representation of Native and Indigenous women filmmakers held in Los Angeles in the week leading to the Academy Awards. This year’s Native Women in FILM Festival, held March 5-10, 2023, will include 32 films directed by women, more than the Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes Film Festival, and the Academy Awards. NWIFTV started in 2003 out of a need to keep the Native image at the forefront of the entertainment industry. In the last six years, NWIFTV has screened 162 films directed by women.
Presented annually by the Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), The Creative Enterprise by Natives delivering to all people the stories that shape our world is the longest-running Native Women-Led Indigenous Media Arts and Cultural non-profit enterprise in the history of the entertainment industry. Serving Indian Country & Entertainment Industry. Representing over 570+ Native Nations, amplifying more than 5000+ Native and Indigenous content creators through its streaming company Red Nation Television Network, supporting 2700+ 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.
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Native Women in FILM & Television #NWIFT founded in 1995. #NWIFT started as a Native Women Music Festival in Santa Fe NM. #NWIFT went on to having its own program of screenings at the annual Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF), films directed by women screen annually at #RNIFF in November . In 2003, Native Women in FILM & Television wanted to have a stand alone Film Festival during the Oscars week, out of a direct need to keep our image at the forefront of the entertainment industry, hence Native Women in FILM Festival was born.
At the height of #MeToo actor/director/founder/humanitarian Joanelle Romero (AMPAS) of Native Women in FILM coined and founded #WhyWeWearRED with a media coalition to address a Global Call to Action initiative that aims to bring awareness to Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women & Girls and the lack of inclusion of Native Women in Film & Television. Every year in February, leading up to the Academy Awards the annual Native Women in FILM Festival takes place along with Conversation Series.
Red Nation Celebration Institute is the longest standing Native and Indigenous Media, Arts & Culture nonprofit enterprise in the Entertainment Industry.
Red Nation Celebration Institute, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated program Native Youth Matter, RNCI’s #WhyWeWearRED reached national attention for Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & the lack of inclusion of Native Women in FILM and Television with support from Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), Congresswoman Debra Haaland, USC Price School of Public Policy and USC Price Bedrosian Center for #WhyWeWearRED Media Coalition.
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