Welcome to the official FNFVF Inc. Website


Welcome to the Official Website of First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc.

The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico.

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FNFVF, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization thanks to the Chicago Arts Assistance Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, which supported our 501c3 tax-exempt application.

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FNFVF INC Readies Spring 2018 Festival

Native American first-voice and self-representation has been an on-going issue in many arenas of society. None, so deeply ingrained than film, where the image of Native peoples has been the subject of much controversy on past years. To promote a better representation, the First Nations Film and Video Festival has been at the forefront of promoting films by Native American Directors from the US, Canada Central and South America, and Mexico.

The First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc’s Call for Entries for the Spring 2018 season is open and the deadline is FEBRUARY 17, 2018. You can get an application on the FNFVF website or via FilmFreeway at this link:

The Spring festival runs May 1st through the 10th at various venues across Chicago and beyond. Last fall the FNFVF hosted events in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Columbus, Missouri. It also host events at the Music Box Theater and the Gene Siskel Film Center. The festival continues to grow with submissions increasing festival to festival.

For more information, contact FNFVF Inc at festival@fnfvf.org, or visit their Facebook Page. We look forward to having another great festival. Thanks are owed to the FNFVF Board , the venues for their unstinting support, and all the Native American filmmakers making their voice heard. The First Nations Film and Video Festival is ready to put your works on screen!

FNFVF at the University of Missouri

University of Missouri
College of Arts and Science;
Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Presents the
First Nations Film and Video Festival

First Nations Film and Video Festival is proud to be able to partner with the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science, Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in presenting this fall’s film selection at the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Sterlin Harjo’s “Mekko” will screen once more alongside selected short films from the fall film festival in Chicago, IL. It begins Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6pm in Schlundt Hall and runs through Wednesday, November 15th. Program includes an exclusive Director’s Discussion with Diné filmmaker Ramona Emerson as she discusses here latest film “The Mayors of Shiprock.”

Much thanks goes to Joseph Erb, Professor at the School for Visual Studies for putting together the programs.

Monday 11/13/17- 6pm
Schlundt Hall 103

Tuesday 11/13/17
Geology 123
(Keller Auditorium)
MEKKO directed by Sterling Harjo

Wed 11/15/17 6:00 p.m.
Schlundt Hall 103
Film and Discussion with filmmaker “The Mayors of Shiprock” was filmed almost exclusively on the Navajo reservation and tell story about the people who call it home. Often because of the remoteness and lack of access and support, this film don’t make it out into these communities. We would like to change that. This film hold important stories and histories of the Diné people.

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She received her degree in Media Arts in 1997 from the University of New Mexico and has worked as a professional videographer, writer and editor for over twenty years.

Ramona is a Sundance Native Filmmakers Lab Fellow and a Time/Warner Storyteller Fellow and is a graduate of the 2013 CPB/PBS Producers Academy at WGBH Boston. Ramona just finished the first draft of her novel, Shutter and recently received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

For more information: Joseph Erb (erbj@missouri.edu)

Fall 2017 FNFVF Venues! (UPDATED)

First Nations Film and Video Festival Inc is pleased to announce the venues for their Fall film festival set to take place November 1st through the 10th at the following venues across Chicago and beyond.

Wed. Nov 1: MUSIC BOX THEATRE (small theater), 7-9pm NEW!

Thu. Nov. 2: MITCHELL MUSEUM of the AMERICAN INDIAN, 6-7:30pm


Sat. Nov. 4: Northwestern University, Harris Hall – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Sun. Nov. 5: GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER at the SCHOOL of the ART INSTITUTE CHICAGO – 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Mon. Nov. 6: LEGLER LIBRARY 5:30-7:30pm NEW!


Wed. Nov 8: BEVERLY ARTS CENTER – 7:30pm


Thu. Nov. 9: AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER – 6:30-8:30pm Returning to!

Fri. Nov. 10: COMFORT STATION (Logan Square) – 7:30pm


Come and join us for a full schedule of Native American-directed films and support Native American Cinema! For a listing of all FNFVF Programs visit our SCHEDULE PAGE!