Native Women in FILM & Television #NWIFT founded in 1995. #NWIFT started as a Native Women Music Festival in Santa Fe NM during Indian Market. #NWIFT went on to a new program, screenings at the annual Red Nation International Film Festival (RNIFF), films directed by women of color, 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. Each year during the Academy Awards, the annual Native Women in FILM Festival takes place along with Conversation Series.
Red Nation Celebration Institute a pioneer enterprise, is the longest standing Native Media, Arts & Culture nonprofit organization in the City of Los Angeles. Creating Systemic Change through the Arts & Media Empowering Indigenous Storytellers. The longest standing NativeWomen-Led, Indigenous-Led Media Arts & Cultural nonprofit enterprise in the City of Los Angeles. Serving Indian Country & Entertainment Industry since 1995.
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.
We acknowledge that our work takes place on Unceded and Occupied territories of the 575+ Native Nations. We are inviting you to take a moment to reflect on whose land you are living and working on and if you don’t know, to research and reflect.